Sugar Free Opening Cocktail

The Sugar Free Opening Cocktail is another wonderful adaptation from the Savoy Cocktail Book.  It is a wonderful blend between the blended whiskey and the herby notes of the sweet vermouth.  The presence of the grenadine also helps accent this.

We’ve found a different combinations of this drink listed over on, we see the ratio of Whiskey:Vermouth:Grenadine to be 3:1:1, whereas at the Savoy version is a 2:1:1.  It really probably depends on just how much you tend to like whiskey, but I bet both are good.

Sugar Free Charles Cocktail

The Sugar Free Charles Cocktail is a good one if you like Sweet Vermouth and Cognac (and really, who doesn’t?).

This simple little cocktail comes to us from and is a little nebulous in it’s description.  The original recipe calls for a dash of bitters…

Which, of course, could mean absolutely anything!  There’s a bitters bundle over at Amazon that contains Old Fashioned, Lemon, Orange, Grapefruit, Peach, and Mint Bitters and another that boasts Plum, Aztec Chocolate, Cherry, Cranberry, Rhubarb, and Celery Bitters.  That doesn’t even include Angostura or Peychaud’s!

The Sugar Free Hershey Manhattan

The Sugar Free Hershey Manhattan is a chocolaty treat!  It may invoke that horrible feeling of re-entering the ‘tini fads of the 90’s and 00’s (oh the horrible Appletini) -(if you are interested, there is an interesting article here discussing why the ‘tini era was not a good thing!) but we assure you that the Sugar Free Hershey Manhattan is not one of those drinks!

Sugar Free Mulata Daisy

The Sugar Free Mulata Daisy is a chocolatey delight!  The flavors are really quite complex and the anise, fennel, and chocolate flavors go together surprisingly well!

The original creation, which was the winner of the 2008 Bacardi Superior Rum Legacy Cocktail Competition, was created by Angostino Perrone, who works at the Connaught Bar in London.  If you’d like a link to non-metric measurements, try this link to our friends at Kindred Cocktails.

The Sugar Free Smoky Grove

The Sugar Free Smoky Grove is one of the few cocktails we’ve found that feature Scotch.  As as avid Scotch connoisseur, we usually prefer to sip it straight, on the rocks, or with water and ice.  Scotch is so varied with what region it hails from and how it is prepared that the only thing that makes some Scotch’s comparable to others is just how they are processed!  When trying out a new Scotch cocktail, we try to use our blended Scotches for this, but feel free to try it out with whatever you may have on hand.  Every different Scotch with give each cocktail a different experience.

Sugar Free Sweet Vermouth

MDR Labs take great pleasure in presenting our Sugar Free Sweet Vermouth recipe!  Sweet Vermouth (also known as Italian Vermouth in older cocktail books) has a long history and the origin of the word Vermouth is actually a variation on the German Wermut, which translates into wormwood.  So it would seem that vermouths and absinthes are cousins!

Of the two types, sweet and dry, sweet came about first, back in 1786, and was meant to be medicinal, with its herb-infused wine.  After a time, it became more standardized and entered the world of cocktails.