The Sugar Free Stinger

The Sugar Free Stinger is one powerful drink!  This one is not recommended for the faint of heart, or those who are not brandy/cognac fans.

The origins of the Stinger seem to be a little clouded over time, but there is a mention of it in Tom Bullock’s Ideal Bartenderwhich was published back in 1917.

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 Metropole

The Sugar Free Metropole is a refreshing cocktail that captures a lot of the wonderful herby nuances from within the Dry Vermouth.  The bitters, which sometimes can be lost in complex cocktails, do add just that slightest bit of extra flavor.

We found the inspiration for the Sugar Free Metropole over at the Looka website (ran by Chuck Taggart).  He’s also got a little information on that page regarding the history of the Metropole, but I’ll summarize here as well!

Sugar Free Gazette Cocktail

The Sugar Free Gazette Cocktail was adapted from one of our favorite reference sources, the Savoy Cocktail Book.  This cocktail has some wonderful herby notes from the Sweet Vermouth and accented by the warm flavors of cognac.  The lemon citrus sets it off very nicely by enhancing some of the flavor profiles already present.

sugar free gazette cocktail

Sugar Free Gazette Cocktail

Sugar Free Curacao Punch

The Sugar Free Curacao Punch is another great recipe adapted from Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktails, by Dr. Cocktail (Ted Haigh).  However, this drink was originally published in 1882 by Harry Johnson’s New and Improved Bartender’s Manual.

This cocktail was immediately described as tasting like vacation.  With the lemon citrus added to the brandy and rum, this drink had so many levels of flavor.  And the bubbles from the soda water really made the drink come alive.  We used Schweppe’s Club Soda, but I’d be very interested to try it with a home carbonation system.

Sugar Free Prescription Julep

The Sugar Free Prescription Julep is a wonderful classic drink (and also goes by the name of Mint Julep)!  It’s origins are a little muddled, but its earliest incarnation dates back the mid 1700’s with it’s first official published recipe in 1803.  However, this particular variation is adapted from our friends at Imbibe Magazine!

Sugar Free Mississippi Punch

The Sugar Free Mississippi Punch is a very old and classic cocktail.  It dates back to at least 1862, when it was first published, which means it is probably even older than that!  In fact, the word punch even has an old and interesting history.  However, this version of the Mississippi Punch was brought to us via Esquire Magazine.  This is another refreshing drink that was not difficult to translate into the land of sugar free.  A minor warning though, this is a fairly strong drink.  I happen to like stronger, boozier drinks, but not all may feel the same.  It had a great flavor profile and a complex mix of flavors.  I highly recommend if you like Manhattan’s or Long Island Ice Teas!