cocktails 101: for the acne-safe diet

when living the acne-safe lifestyle and adhering to the acne-safe diet, limiting your sugar intake is key! sugar, even in its simplest form, can cause inflammation. processed sugars like white bread, pasta and common table sugar can be some of the biggest culprits. here is a good article that breaks down to effects of sugar on the body.

so you’ve already vowed to leave the sugar out of your black tea every morning and cut down your late night pantry raid for dark chocolate to one night a week (or two)! however, there might be one thing you’ve yet to consider: those pitchers of margaritas, glasses of sangria and delicious summer shandy’s!

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while alcohol itself is made through the process of distilling sugar, there is no actual sugar left in the spirits once they have been distilled. FUN FACT: you can make alcohol out of ANYTHING that contains sugar, like this carrot eau de vie which would make for a deliciously vegetal bloody mary! so as long as the producer hasn’t added any sugar after distillation to reach a desired taste or color, drinking spirits straight is the best way to avoid the high sugar intake. however, the cocktail trend is on the rise and there are so many awesome cocktail-driven bars and restaurants, especially here in san francisco. we’re here to tell you that you don’t have to give up a friday night out with friends for healthy skin!

there are plenty of delicious cocktail recipes that call for little to no sugar at all! even the notoriously sweet, and beloved, tiki drinks can be made to fit in with the acne-safe diet. you can still get the toy umbrella without the break out!

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when making cocktails at home:

lots of classical cocktail recipes call for simple syrup, a solution of sugar and water, as the primary sweetening agent. when making cocktails or other non-alcoholic drinks at home, try making your own simple syrup using stevia instead of refined sugar! agave syrup is also a good alternative to sugar due to it’s naturally lower glycemic index.

here are some of our favorite at-home cocktail recipes that call for little to no sugar!

– a piña colada either frozen or served over crushed ice, is sure to transport you straight to the island of puerto rico (even if it’s just in your head!)
the skinny margarita made with un-aged tequila (reposado and añejo tequila may have sugar added in the form of caramel coloring so always be sure to check the labels! FYI this is common in whiskey as well) and this organic apple cider vinegar limeade drink with 0 grams of sugar makes for a deliciously tart margarita that won’t throw off your diet!
– this kombucha “moscow mule” has only 1g of sugar in each drink, PLUS tons of gut-healthy probiotics, so you can afford to have more than just one, or two, or…

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when enjoying cocktails at a bar or restaurant:

sugary ingredients, like juice and flavored syrups, can be over-used in some bars to appeal to the masses. additionally, these ingredients are more than likely masking a cut-rate spirit that may be economic, but not very nice to sip on when served “neat.”

– to avoid this, opt for the simpler cocktails on the menu, i.e. the ones without a million ingredients that are certain to have less sugar!
– always ask if the bar carries agave syrup and can substitute it for any use of simple syrup or raw sugar in your preferred cocktail.
– and when all else fails, beer is almost always the safest bet, sure to have less than a few grams of sugar in each serving!

whereEVER and whenEVER you are consuming alcohol:

it is always important to stay hydrated, but even more so when consuming alcoholic beverages! your skin, and tomorrow morning ‘you,’ will thank you for it. a good rule of thumb is one glass of water for every alcoholic drink consumed. try mixing it up with sparkling water instead of regular tap water, or soda water with a dash of bitters and lime juice. the combination is simple, hydrating and delicious!

happy sipping!