The Sugar Free Magnolia Blossom

The Sugar Free Magnolia Blossom is another classic cocktail adapted from the Savoy Cocktail Book, which if you haven’t heard us rave about it already, is a definite go-to book for vintage cocktail recipes.

Also, when trying to research a little history on the Sugar Free Magnolia Blossom, we came across another blog called Savoy Stomp.  Really impressive that a group of folks would try and work their way through the entire book, one cocktail at a time!  The Savoy Stomp lists the origins of the Magnolia Blossom as:

Sugar Free Bohemian Cocktail

The Sugar Free Bohemian Cocktail * was adapted from the regular old Bohemian Recipe, with the obvious MDR Lab twists.  Cocktail Virgin claims that the original recipe was created by Misty Kalkofen over at the Green Street Grill in 2008.  However, you can also find the recipe reported at St. Germain’s website.

Between the two references, there are a couple different gin options.  MDR Labs try to recreate cocktails as close to the original, so we went with Beefeater.  Feel free to experiment, though (responsibly of course), as you never know what might work better for your palette.

The Sugar Free Fool Moon

The Sugar Free Fool Moon was an instant success at the MDR Labs!  The herbal flavors of the Creme de Violette mesh together so well with the mint and gin that in hindsight, the combination seems obvious!

We are always trying to find new recipes for our Sugar Free Creme de Violette, so we were excited to try this one out!  The Sugar Free Fool Moon is adapted from Ted Haigh’s Vintage Spirits and Forgotten Cocktailsbut the Fool Moon is an adapted recipe of the Blue Moon (which we also have listed in the MDR archives, here.)

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 Mark Twain Cocktail

The Sugar Free Mark Twain Cocktail is our sugar free adaptation of the original that was referred to by Mark Twain himself!  We found the original recipe we adapted printed in The Craft of the Cocktail: Everything You Need to Know to Be a Master Bartender, with 500 Recipes, by Dale DeGroff.

However, the reference from Mr. Twain dates back to a letter written to his wife from London in January of 1874 (and quoted from Mark and Livy: The Love Story of Mark Twain and the Woman Who Almost Tamed Him, by Resa Willis):

Sugar Free Scofflaw

The Sugar Free Scofflaw is another drink adapted from two of our favorite books, Vintage Spirits & Forgotten Cocktails, by Ted Haigh (Dr. Cocktail) and the Savoy Cocktail Book.  And it was originally made by Gavin Duffy in the Harry’s New York Bar, in Paris.

This is a flavor-filled cocktail that really blends together wonderfully with the rye whiskey, citrus, and myriad of herbs from the dry vermouth.  The bit of grenadine gives it that extra flavor that really completes the drink.

Sugar Free Royale With Ease

Many older drinks may call for a few dashes, or a small amount of absinthe, but the Sugar Free Royale with Ease features it!  I happen to like absinthe as it is (and I use this phrase with an internal snicker) a bouquet of flavors.  It is hard to describe it as it’s flavor profile can change depending on the acidity of the drink, how much water is in it, the sweetness involved, and even the temperature!  Now that absinthe is becoming much more popular, our mixologist friends are starting to use it more and more.

Juice in Cocktails: An MDR Labs Anecdote

When we discuss sugar free drinks here at the MDR Labs, juice in cocktails or mixed drinks is an obvious challenge. There are many classic and modern drinks that call for juice, either for coloring or for flavors.

For those of us that lead the low carb lifestyle, the challenges would almost seem insurmountable. However, there is a newer trend in juices… the diet juice.