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Now There's a 'Soda Simulator' to (Virtually) Drink Zero Calories

Now There's a 'Soda Simulator' to (Virtually) Drink Zero Calories

'Soda Drinker Pro' satisfies the soda craving, minus the actual drink

Yes, a soda-drinking simulator exists.

We imagine this is something like the smokeless cigarettes for those looking to quit nicotine. The Soda Drinker Pro, a simulator that (you guessed it) simulates drinking a soda, is quenching gamers' thirst for, well, soda.

This is a "first person soda" drinking experience, reports Complex and other outlets. And yep, all you really do is virtually walk around and drink a soda. While it's being just a tiny bit mocked by the gaming world, Mashable got the scoop behind the free download. Will Brierly, a Massachusetts-based Web developer, coded the game in about 19 hours and put it online after a serious soda craving about six or seven years ago. The game picked up speed this year when it was featured in a soda festival, and was rebuilt on its new platform.

So, we guess if your New Year's resolution was to put down the Big Gulp once and for all, the Soda Drinker Pro might satisfy some serious cravings.

Coke Zero vs Diet Coke: The Shocking Difference You Don’t Know About

You and I could argue until we’re blue in the face about whether or not Diet Coke and Coke Zero taste the same. At first glance (or sip?) you can’t really tell the two massively popular drinks apart.

But according to Coca-Cola, there really IS a difference between diet coke and coke zero.

In a statement on their website, the brand stacks the two fizzy drinks against one another: “Both drinks are sugar free and calorie free. Coca-Cola Zero Sugar looks and tastes more like Coca-Cola Classic, while Diet Coke has a different blend of flavours which gives it a lighter taste.”

The key difference between diet coke and coke zero is a single chemical.

While Zero Sugar features sodium citrate in its list of ingredients, Diet Coke contains citric acid.

Diet Coke was Coca-Cola’s first sugar-free soda, and was launched in 1983.

The next sugar-free drink they offered, Coca-Cola Zero, didn’t come until 2006. It was knocked off the shelves in 2016, and reintroduced with the new name Coca-Cola Zero Sugar.

The company’s low-calorie drinks make up a mouthwatering 43 percent of all its cola sales, so obviously their recipes include a few sprinkles of magic fairy dust.

List Of Ingredients

1. Diet Coke

Carbonated water, caramel color, aspartame, phosphoric acid, potassium benzoate, natural flavors, citric acid, caffeine.

2. Coke Zero Sugar (formerly Coke Zero)

Carbonated water, caramel color, phosphoric acid, aspartame, potassium benzoate, natural flavors, potassium citrate, acesulfame potassium, caffeine.

Diet Coke is missing two ingredients that the other two sugar-free options have: potassium citrate and acesulfame potassium. Acesulfame potassium is a calorie-free sugar substitute and potassium citrate is a common additive in beverages.

Do these ingredients differentiate them nutritionally? Not in the slightest.

Diet Coke’s nutritional information reads: 0 Calories, 0g Fat, 40mg Sodium, 0g Total Carbs, 0g Protein.
Coca-Cola Zero’s nutritional information reads: 0 Calories, 0g Fat, 40mg Sodium, 0g Total Carbs, 0g Protein.
And Coca-Cola Zero Sugar also reads: 0 Calories, 0g Fat, 40mg Sodium, 0g Total Carbs, 0g Protein.

Although they both contain caffeine, the amount varies:

As you can see, the amount of caffeine in Coke Zero is almost identical to that of Regular while the levels are higher in Diet Coke. The fact that both Coke Zero and regular coke have virtually the same amount of caffeine must account for the almost indistinguishable taste.

Both contain no kilojoules (calories) and no sugar. Both are artificially sweetened with (the same amount) of aspartame and acesulfame K and therefore have the same ‘sweetness’.

And the most important question: which drink is the most popular?

Statistics suggest that even after all this time, regular coke is still the highest-selling soft drink, followed by Pepsi and Diet Coke, which holds the third spot.

Unfortunately, Coke Zero has never been featured on the Top 10 list, but it’s apparently growing in popularity.

So… which is healthier?

Despite both Coke Zero Sugar and Diet Coke being branded as the healthier alternatives to regular coke, neither of them are actually good for you.

Although they may not have sugar in their list of ingredients, both Diet Coke and Coke Zero feed your habit of consuming extremely sugary drinks. This means that your taste buds get used to that level of sweetness and will continue to seek them out. In fact, studies have shown that it can actually lead to an increase in caloric and sugar consumption, and result in long term weight gain. The phosphoric acid content isn’t healthy either, as it can damage tooth enamel which contributes to dental erosion.

Nonetheless, if you absolutely had to make a choice between regular and diet/zero sugar, we would say the latter would probably be a healthier choice. Just remember, “healthier” does not mean ‘healthy’.

If you ask us what we think the best drink is? It’s water. Hands down.

17. Diet Mountain Dew

Diet Mountain Dew is the ultimate tease. It smells like the real thing, and it has the same neon color. However, if you make the mistake of taking a sip, you'll be wholly disappointed. It doesn't taste anything like regular Mountain Dew. Instead, it has an artificial citrus taste that's akin to decomposing grapefruit mixed with dirty water. Even if you love Mountain Dew, avoid this diet soda with all of your might.

What makes matters even more disappointing is the fact that there are so many great flavors of Mountain Dew. If you try Diet Mountain Dew and hate it, no one could blame you. That said, you should still try Mountain Dew Baja Blast Zero Sugar. It's actually really good — much, much better than Diet Mountain Dew. Unfortunately, it's only available at Taco Bell. Then again, that gives you an excuse to go pick up some of your Taco Bell favorites later tonight.

Behind the scenes

Pepsi NEX in the Japanese version.

In the Japanese version of Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, the soda item is actually Pepsi NEX, which was added in as product placement by Hideo Kojima. ΐ] In the English version, the Pepsi NEX brand was replaced in the game, presumably for copyright issues, despite being a Japan only drink. The soda's design in the model viewer was instead replaced with that of Narc Soda, the soda drink that Drebin 893 often drank in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots. A briefing file where Big Boss and Kazuhira Miller discuss Pepsi NEX was also removed from versions outside Japan. Α] The briefing file indicated that Big Boss hadn't heard of a zero calorie drink before Miller drank it in front of him during a meeting between the two about new developments in R&D, and that Miller hadn't initially thought of a name for the drink until Snake asked. In addition, Big Boss initially didn't see any real reason to mass-produce the soft drink due to already having Mate and Mountain Dew, with Miller also indicating that he was already "hooked" to it and that the drink had a "thick, but sharp taste" that was refreshing. Β]

To promote Peace Walker's release, passcodes were given on specially printed Mountain Dew cans, which allowed the player to unlock a Pepsi NEX and/or a Mountain Dew T-shirt in-game, as well as some soldiers that came along with the shirt.


The Zero-Calorie Soda restores PSYCHE and a small amount of LIFE. If the LIFE Gauge reaches zero while the soda is equipped, it will automatically be used.

When being attacked by a weapon that reduces LIFE and PSYCHE such as the Peace Walker AI weapon's flamethrower attack, use the Zero-Calorie Soda to undo such effects. The soda is also ideal for use in tiring battles against Type II and Custom AI weapons, or Monsters, that potentially reduce both LIFE and PSYCHE.

These Zero Calorie Drinks Promote Weight Gain Not Loss

I’m so happy to see that sales of Diet Coke and Pepsi keep plummeting… more people are wising up to the fact that these drinks are ridiculously horrible for the body and looking for healthier options. In their place, new zero-calorie drinks and flavored waters are flooding the market, and are now taking up some serious shelf space in major grocery stores. Some of these fruity waters and fizzy “sugar free” drinks are being promoted as health drinks – but are they really?

Unfortunately, many of them are filled with controversial additives that can be sabotaging your weight and your health – even if they have no calories, look like bottled water, or have really short ingredient lists! Let’s take a closer look at what’s in some of the most popular brands like Sparkling Ice and Cascade Ice. They sell these by the case at Costco, but are they truly any better than soda?

These drinks have “zero calories” because they are sweetened with Sucralose (an additive linked to cancer). The artificial colors in these drinks (Yellow 5, Red 40, and Blue 1) are derived from petroleum and linked to several health issues , including allergies, cancer, and hyperactivity in children. Europe requires any food containing dyes to carry the warning label , “May Have an Adverse Effect on Activity and Attention in Children” , but that’s not required here in the States. If that’s not bad enough, they’re also preserved with Potassium Benzoate, which can form the carcinogen Benzene when combined with vitamin C (which is present in some flavors). This is a toxic combo in a plastic bottle!

Don’t be fooled by “zero calorie” drinks and flavored waters with ingredients like these…

Perhaps they purposefully make the ingredients so hard to read on a bottle of Propel because they are so horrible!

Propel Flavored Water Black Cherry: Water, Citric Acid, Sodium Hexametaphosphate, Natural Flavor , Salt, Potassium Sorbate , Potassium Citrate, Sodium Citrate, Ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C), Sucralose, Acesulfame Potassium, Calcium Disodium EDTA , Calcium Pantothenate (Vitamin B5), Niacinamide (Vitamin B3), Vitamin E Acetate, Pyridoxine Hydrochloride (Vitamin B6).

Artificial (low-calorie) sweeteners won’t help you lose weight…

Propel, Nestle Splash, Dasani Flavored Water, Diet Snapple, and PowerAde Zero contain artificial sweeteners like sucralose, acesulfame potassium or aspartame. Although these have no calories, artificial sweeteners have been shown to contribute to weight gain by encouraging sugar cravings. Research finds they stimulate your appetite, increase sugar cravings, and promote fat storage and weight gain . Researchers from the University of Texas discovered that drinks made with artificial sweeteners will expand your waist girth , which is a risk factor for type 2 diabetes. When you drink something sweet – even when it has no calories – your brain is tricked into wanting more calories because your body is not getting enough energy (i.e. calories) to be satisfied. So you keep craving sweets, eating sweets, and gaining weight. This is why a lot of people never reach their full health potential or weight loss goals, because they are constantly being pushed around by these chemical artificial sweeteners that trick the brain and body.

They’re also loaded with health-wrecking preservatives…

Sodium Polyphosphate and Sodium Hexametaphosphate : These preservatives are full of phosphorous , which can create a mineral imbalance in the body. When you eat (or drink) phosphate additives like these often (which is really easy to do in our processed food world ) it can put you at risk for kidney damage, increased mortality, heart disease, and accelerated aging .

Calcium Disodium EDTA : This preservative is made from of formaldehyde, sodium cyanide, and ethylene diamine… yikes! Is this something you really want to drink every day? It has the ability to build up in the body, becoming more toxic if you drink it for several days in a row, which could possibly lead to health problems . It’s also known to lower your body’s ability to absorb vitamins (making all those B vitamins added to Propel pretty worthless).

Potassium Sorbate : This preservative has been shown to be genotoxic to white blood cells , which could lead to cancer. It has also been shown to induce DNA damage when combined with vitamin C (this combo is in Propel).

Citric Acid : Although this is naturally found in lemon and other fruits, the additive used in these drinks is typically derived from mold made with GMO corn (not from fruit). Frequent consumption is linked to an increase in tooth decay and also can irritate the gut.

Is Erythritol a safe sweetener?

Bai, Core, Hubert’s Diet Lemonade, Blossom Water, and Vitamin Water Zero are sweetened with the sugar alcohol erythritol. This sweetener can wreak havoc on healthy gut bacteria, which can lead to a whole host of diseases and if you’re trying to lose weight or stay slim , keeping your gut healthy is vital!

Erythritol is also known to cause diarrhea, stomach upset, headache when consumed in “normal amounts”, is a powerful insecticide , and can also increase appetite just like artificial sweeteners do so you’ll end up eating more food. Research by Cornell University shows that the body metabolizes erythritol and associates high levels of erythritol in the blood to weight gain, which has spawned more studies.

Although this is a naturally occurring sugar that is sometimes found in fruit, food manufacturers don’t actually use the natural stuff. Instead they usually start with GMO corn (unless organic or non-GMO verified) and then put it through a complex fermentation process to come up with chemically pure erythritol.

Some brands have versions that contain only two ingredients: water and natural flavors.

These drinks are better than a Diet Coke – but are they really as clean as they seem? I try to avoid natural flavors, especially if it’s in something that I’d consume often and in large amounts – like a drink.

Why you should avoid drinking “Natural Flavors”…

  • Each natural flavor may contain up to 100 ingredients , including synthetic chemicals such as the solvent propylene glycol, the preservative BHA, and GMO-derived ingredients (unless organic or Non-GMO Project verified).
  • The ingredients in natural flavors are considered proprietary and not disclosed either on the label or to a customer who inquires – so you have no clue what is in them.
  • Natural flavors can be derived from anything in nature, including animal parts. The only difference between natural and artificial flavors, is that natural flavors are derived from things found in nature (such as beaver glands).
  • They can also legally contain naturally occurring “glutamate” by-products that act like MSG, which is an excitotoxin. Excitotoxins make food irresistible to eat but can cause stroke, Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, obesity, migraines, fatigue, and depression.
  • Flavors are designed to have addictive qualities and increase food cravings , contributing to what David Kessler (former head of the FDA) calls a “food carnival” in your mouth. They trick your mind into wanting more and more. The Big Food Companies are hijacking your taste buds one by one, and lining their corporate pockets at the same time as we buy more products with these addicting synthesized flavors in them. If you are having increased food cravings while guzzling down drinks full of natural flavors, you may want to take a closer look at what you are drinking.

The Hint Flavored Water lawsuit is exposing natural flavors for what they really are…

Although the ingredient label on Hint Flavored Water just states purified water and natural flavors, Hint has been sued because their drinks contain propylene glycol – a synthetic ingredient. Propylene glycol is one of the hidden ingredients that was (and may still be) used in their natural flavors and doesn’t need to be listed on the label. This goes back to my point that whenever you are drinking something with natural flavors, it is not necessarily natural and you don’t know what’s really in the bottle.

LaCroix states their flavors contain no artificial ingredients, but they also are not under any obligation to disclose exactly what’s in them, so we just have to take their word for it.

“There is no legal requirement to disclose what’s in the natural flavor. So customers have no choice but to believe companies when they say they don’t use artificial additives in their flavors.”

I don’t consider it safe to drink out of cans often because of the BPA that is usually present in them. This is what LaCroix says about the presence of BPA in their cans, which I don’t find reassuring, especially since I know how inefficient the FDA is at setting “guidelines” for the chemicals in our food…

“All LaCroix products meet the guidelines set by the FDA and are completely safe to drink. Recently, media reports have raised questions about the use of bisphenol A (BPA) by can and bottle manufacturers. While can linings may contain trace amounts of BPA to prevent spoilage and protect food and beverages from direct contact with the can, these trace amounts are virtually eliminated during the curing process.”

I personally prefer the taste of a real squeeze of lemon or fruit juice in my water over anything that is found in these drinks – they just taste artificial to me and I like to know exactly what I’m drinking.

I feel like if something tastes like lemon, then it should actually contain lemon! And it honestly just takes two seconds to squeeze some fresh lemon juice (or grapefruit or whatever fruit you’d like) into sparkling water and know exactly what you’re drinking. That’s not to mention all the nutrients that you are getting from the lemon juice as well…because natural flavors may have zero calories , but they also have zero nutrition and provide zero health benefits .

What you are drinking is as important as what you are eating every day.

My main go-to drink is plain filtered water. I filter my own water at home and always carry a stainless steel or glass container of filtered water around with me – to the gym, in the car, to meetings, and even to some restaurants! Drinking toxin-free water makes a major difference in the way I feel and I consider it a vital part of my everyday life. But, it can be boring to just drink water all the time! These are some other healthy drinks I personally enjoy:

11 Cocktail Recipes Under 150 Calories

There's nothing like an icy cocktail to cool you down, but watch out: Those margaritas could be costing you big numbers in the calorie department. Typical mixed drinks can clock in at 200 to 600 calories, leaving no room for bar snacks or finger foods. Fear not, buffalo wing lovers of the world. The following cocktail recipes all weigh in below 150 calories without sacrificing any flavor. Who's ready to head home to host your own happy hour? After all, it's 5 o'clock somewhere!

1. Watermelon and Champagne Cocktail: There are only three ingredients in this light and fresh drink — puréed watermelon, a splash of lime and your favorite bubbly. At just 100 calories, it’s a glass we’re sure you’ll be sipping on all summer long. (via That’s So Michelle)

2. Skinny Blueberry Spritzer: With so much sweet fruity flavor, you might be surprised that this spritzer is 117 calories. To keep the count low, make yours with all-natural blueberry juice, fresh squeezed lime juice and champagne. (via Peanut Butter and Peppers)

3. Lime Margarita: It's no secret that those bottled margarita mixers can be overly sweet, overly sugar-filled and overly heavy on calories. So this summer, skip the bottles and blend your own cocktail with only fresh lime, orange juice and tequila. It'll take your margarita from 400-plus calories down to just 93! (via Peanut Butter and Peppers)

4. Ginger Mule: This version of a Moscow Mule should be your drink of the summer. Instead of using ginger beer, this skinny version calls for diet ginger ale and fresh grated ginger. Your healthy substitutions will shave at least 50 calories from the drink, coming in at 98 calories for 8 ounces. (via Drinkwire)

5. Celery Cilantro Cocktail: This herby drink is the kind of cocktail you'd find at the spa — if spas served cocktails, that is. The Absolut Citrón is mixed with a muddled blend of celery, cilantro and lime, which brings one glass to only 135 calories. (via Skinnytaste)

6. Raspberry Pomegranate Lemonade: Thanks to flavored vodkas, like Smirnoff's Raspberry Pomegranate Sorbet, all you need to make a 93 calorie cocktail is a bottle of your favorite lemonade and a shot or two of the good stuff (that's the vodka). (via Tammilee Tips)

7. Champagne Cosmo: The pink cocktail of Sex and the City fame has its merits, but at 200-plus calories per glass, it's not one for the waistline. Shave 54 calories off the drink with this recipe, made with sparkling wine (for a surprise fizz!) and light cranberry juice. (via Whipped)

8. Raspberry Mint Mojitos: We love a cocktail that's as pretty as it is delicious. And this muddled raspberry and mint mojito is exactly that. You won't be able to have just one glass of this refreshingly fruity drink, but that's okay because it's only 117 calories! (via Eat Yourself Skinny)

9. Skinnygirl Cucumber Refresher: When you use low-calorie alcohol, like the Skinnygirl Cucumber Vodka this recipe calls for, you instantly save yourself a few minutes at the gym. Pair the vodka with no-calorie soda water, fresh herbs like mint and basil, a splash of lime juice and agave nectar instead of sugar for this cool-down sipper. Calorie count: 86. (via You Beauty)

10. Orange Crush: No matter what recipe you're following, you can't make a Crush with bottled up juices. So it goes without saying that this skinny version calls for fresh squeezed oranges. Add vodka, triple sec and seltzer for fizz, and you've got yourself one citrusy-sweet 108 calorie drink. (via Chef Savvy)

11. Lemon Square Martini: Martinis can be surprisingly high in calorie count, but not this version. Even though it's as tart and sweet as a lemon square dessert, the vodka-based martini only comes in at 113 calories. (via Slim Pickin's Kitchen)

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Calories: 31 per cup

Broccoli is amazingly low in calories, but it always makes our list of the top superfoods for a reason. Not only is it packed with fiber, vitamins, and minerals, it contains powerful antioxidants that may improve your odds of breast cancer survival and reduce the risk of colon cancer.

The chemical in broccoli responsible for the protective effect is called sulforaphane, and yes, it gives broccoli its slightly bitter flavor.

Health Concerns

Immediately upon launching the use of sugar substitutes, soda companies were inundated not only with skepticism about the effectiveness of diet soda on weight loss, but also with concerns over sweetener chemicals' possible health effects. In a study by Framingham Heart Study in Massachusetts, consumption of diet soda was shown to have a direct effect on increased metabolic syndrome. This study showed that 48 percent of the subjects were at higher risk for weight gain and elevated blood sugar and that diet soda drinkers were less likely to consume healthy foods and, ironically, more likely to crave sugar.

Animal studies have found that artificial sweeteners cause weight gain because of faulty insulin response.

Some artificial sweeteners are linked to more serious health risks. Aspartame may actually be worse for diabetics than sugar, and side effects have been reported by some sucralose consumers.

For regular soda drinkers, the risk of becoming overweight or obese goes up 26 percent for up to each half-can of regular soda ingested each day. That increases by about 4 percent when you up the intake of regular soda to one can each day. And, for up to two cans a day, individuals are at more than a 42 percent chance of becoming overweight or obese.

Now, by changing the habit to diet soft drinks, the risk of becoming overweight or obese increases to over 36 percent with just one half of a can a day. And, by consuming more than two cans of diet soda, you are looking at an astronomical rate of more than 55 percent.

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Bloody Mary (no added sugar & low-calorie)
With: Vodka, tomato juice (unsweetened), lemon juice, sugar-free sweetener, celery salt, black pepper, hot pepper sauce and Worcestershire sauce (optional due to sugar).
We say: With vitamin loaded tomato and lemon juices, this sugar-free, low-calorie Mary is almost a healthy option.
Approx. calories: 158

Caipirinha (no added sugar & low-calorie)
With: Fresh lime, sugar-free sweetener and cachaça.
We say: Forget those Caipirinhas blighted by crunchy undissolved sugar crystals, this version is sugar-free.
Approx. calories: 101

Cosmopolitan (no added sugar* & low-calorie)
With: Citrus vodka, Agave Sec (*contains fructose sugars), cranberry juice (unsweetened *but with natural fruit sugars), lime juice and sugar-free sweetener.
We say: The cranberry juice you select and even some vodkas may introduce unwanted sugar into this cocktail, so choose judiciously. We’ve used Agave Sec as our orange liqueur due to its being exclusively sweetened with agave syrup but beware this contains fructose.
Approx. calories: 147

Daiquiri (no added sugar & low-calorie)
With: Light rum, lime juice and sugar-free sweetener
We say: Light and delicate, and not overly citrusy so allowing the rum to shine. And it’s sugar-free! At least it is if you choose your rum carefully.
Approx. calories: 105

Espresso Martini (no sugar & low-calorie)
With: Vodka, espresso coffee, sugar-free sweetener and salt.
We say: Slightly thinner in mouthfeel than a regular sugar loaded Espresso Martini but equally as tasty.
Approx. calories: 103

Fitzgerald (no added sugar & low-calorie)
With: Gin, sugar-free sweetener, lemon juice and Angostura Aromatic bitters
We say: Zingy candied sherbet lemon with hints of botanical complexity and herbal bitters.
Approx. calories: 109

Gimlet (no added sugar & low-calorie)
With: Sugar-free sweetener, dry gin, lime juice and sugar-free sweetener.
We say: Fresh lime juice replaces cordial in this vitamin C loaded, almost healthy gin laced sugar-free version of a classic Gimlet.
Approx. calories: 101

Gin Basil Smash (no added sugar & low-calorie)
With: Basil leaves, gin, lemon juice and sugar-free sweetener.
We say: Herbal and refreshing. Basil, gin and lemon sit harmoniously, balanced by sugar-free sweetener.
Approx. calories: 100

Gin Sling (no added sugar & low-calorie)
With: Gin, lemon juice, sugar-free sweetener and soda.
We say: Light and refreshing with lemon freshening gin while a splash of sugar-free sweetener provides balance.
Approx. calories: 100

Long Island Iced Tea (no added sugar* & low-calorie)
With: Light white rum, gin, vodka, tequila blanco, Agave Sec (*contains fructose sugars), sugar-free sweetener, lemon juice, lime juice and no sugar cola.
We say: As the cola falls and bleeds its way through the otherwise clear drink (it takes noticeably longer to fall than full sugar cola), it does end up looking remarkably like weak black tea and indeed the taste isn’t so far removed from spirit laced weak tea with citrus fruit.
Approx. calories: 136

Margarita (no added sugar* & low-calorie)
With: Tequila reposado, Agave Sec * contains fructose sugars), lime juice, sugar-free sweetener, salt.
We say: Tasty, zingy, low-calorie and sugar-free. What more can you ask of a Margarita?
Approx. calories: 122

Mint Julep (no sugar & low-calorie)
With: Mint, bourbon whiskey, sugar-free sweetener and Angostura Aromatic Bitters (optional).
We say: Bourbon with minty freshness served ice cold with the hint of sweetness amplifying flavours provided by sweetener rather than sugar.
Approx. calories: 128

Mojito (no added sugar & low-calorie)
With: Mint, light white rum, lime juice, sugar-free sweetener and soda.
We say: Rum, mint and lime, like every other decent Mojito, but without the sugar.
Approx. calories: 95

New York Sour (no added sugar & low-calorie)
With: Bourbon whiskey, lemon juice, sugar-free sweetener, Angostura Aromatic Bitters (optional) and red wine.
We say: The splash of Claret wine makes this cocktail – both in terms of flavour and visually. Adding the aromatic bitters will help the flavour but also adds trace amounts of sugar.
Approx. calories: 137

Old Fashioned (no sugar & low-calorie)
With: Bourbon, sugar-free sweetener and Angostura Aromatic Bitters (optional).
We say: Despite being made with a dash of sweetener rather than sugar, or even Demerara sugar, this is a very palatable Old Fashioned and many will not be able to differentiate between the classic sugar-loaded version.
Approx. calories: 127

Passion Fruit Altern’atini (no added sugar & low-calorie)
With: Fresh passion fruit, vodka, sugar-free sweetener and orange bitters (optional)
We say: A couple of dashes orange bitters helps add a touch of complexity and balance to this vodka-laced fruity cocktail but beware those bitters may add trace amounts of sugar and the passion fruit will have natral fruit sugars.
Approx. calories: 103

Sazerac (no sugar & low-calorie)
With: Absinthe, bourbon, sugar-free sweetener, Peychaud’s Bitters (optional) and Angostura (optional).
We say: A Sazerac just isn’t a Sazerac without dashes of bitters but beware: Peychaud’s contains low amounts of caramel and Angostura Aromatic bitters contain sugar. So, include these and your finished cocktail will have trace amounts of sugar. The weight and flavour of the spirits in this cocktail are such that I defy anybody to call this out as being sugar-free – or even very very low sugar. All that whiskey does come loaded with some calories though.
Approx. calories: 168

Tom Collins (no added sugar & low-calorie)
With: Gin, lemon juice, sugar-free sweetener and soda.
We say: If opting to make this Tom Collins with an Old Tom gin (as it should be), beware which brand you choose as many Old Tom gins contain sugar.
Approx. calories: 101

Vodka Collins (no added sugar & low-calorie)
With: vodka, lemon juice, sugar-free sweetener and soda.
We say: Cleansing, easy drinking, sugar-free and just 100 calories.
Approx. calories: 101

Vodka Sour (no added sugar & low-calorie)
With: Vodka, sugar-free sweetener, Angostura Aromatic Bitters (optional) and egg white.
We say: As with most sours, adding a couple of dashes aromatic bitters greatly contributes to the cocktail’s flavour but this also adds trace amounts of sugar.
Approx. calories: 114

Whiskey Sour (no added sugar & low-calorie)
With: Bourbon, lemon juice, sugar-free sweetener, Angostura Aromatic Bitters (optional) and egg white.
We say: This Whiskey Sour isn’t very sour and those wanting a drier drink should consider reducing the sweetener to nearer 15ml (1/2oz).
Approx. calories: 127

White Lady (no added sugar* & low-calorie)
With: Gin, Agave Sec (*contains fructose sugars), lemon juice, sugar-free sweetener and egg white.
We say: Lemon and orange meringue with light gin botanical notes.
Approx. calories: 141