Sugar Free Aviation Cocktail

It was only a matter of time before the Sugar Free Aviation Cocktail was mixed after we made our Sugar Free Maraschino Liqueur!

The Sugar Free Aviation Cocktail is an old one that dates back to 1916, where it was first published in Recipes for Mixed Drinks, by Hugo Ensslin.  It was also later published in the Savoy Cocktail Book, where it inexplicably omits the (IMHO) very necessary Creme de Violette.  It’s also rumored that it was named because it’s color resembles that of the sky.

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 DrinksMixer.com 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!

Sugar Free Angostura Fizz

The Sugar Free Angostura Fizz, also known as the Trinidad Fizz comes to us via the Bitters: A Spirited History of a Classic Cure-All, with Cocktails, Recipes, and Formulas, by Brad Thomas Parsons.

The text of the book states that the original recipe that this was adapted from appeared in the “Special Drinks for the Soda Fountain and Other Recipes” section of the 1908 Dr. Siegert’s Angostura Bitters recipe booklet, but did not reach much fame until included in the famous Baker’s 1946 book The Gentleman’s Companion: Volume 2.

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!

The Sugar Free Woody Sour

The Sugar Free Woody Sour was adapted from an original recipe from Daniel Rutkowski.  We found it posted on kindredcocktails.com and had to try it!

Seriously, if it has Sugar Free Allspice (Pimento) Dram in it, we’ll probably try it!

This drink had a very broad flavor profile.  Anything that utilizes the allspice dram is automatically going to have some extra flavor.  A little goes a long way!  Adding the lemon adds just the right amount of citrus.  You could easily get away with just using bourbon or rye, but adding both gives you all the flavor of both worlds.

The Sugar Free Goodnight Gracie

The Sugar Free Goodnight Gracie was found during another routine search of kindred cocktails.com looking for more ways to utilize our Sugar Free Creme de Violette!  And further research shows it was actually created by Katie Loeb at the Oyster House in Philadelphia.

We hadn’t seen the Violette paired with a rum before, so away we went!  This was a very herbal drink that was quite refreshing.  It is definitely similar to some of its gin cousins that use the Creme de Violette, but with that uniqueness that only rum can bring to a drink.

Sugar Free Creme de Cacao

The Sugar Free Creme de Cacao is not a common cocktail ingredient, though it is mentioned here and there.  It is just as it sounds, a chocolate liqueur, which is as sweet as it is chocolatey.  In fact, many people enjoy sipping on it alone, or with ice.  I think it would be wonderful mixed with cream, and have had visions of mixing it up with some Sugar Free Allspice Dram!  The MDR Labs were quite pleased with the results of this mixture!

The Sugar Free Margarita

The MDR Labs bring to you the Sugar Free Margarita.  This is the most common cocktail involving tequila in the United States, or so says wikipedia…  This is also our first drink featuring our home engineered Sugar Free Triple Sec!
There are a few variations on this classic drink, but we are going for the classics here.  No matter what the source, all seem to agree that it was invented sometime in the 1940’s and involved different ratios of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice.  Of course, many variations exist and lemon can be swapped with lime to create a different version.
If making a standard version of this drink, please be advised to double the amount of actual fresh lime juice and cut out the water entirely.  For whatever reason, the ReaLime was extra limey in this drink, so we halved the required amount for a more palatable result!
The Sugar Free Margarita
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Sugar Free Triple Sec

The Sugar Free Triple Sec that we made here at the MDR Labs is truly an innovative creation. Triple Sec, Cointreau, and Grand Marnier are all forms of orange liqueurs and was originally known as Curaçao.  Curaçao Triple Sec used to be the brand name of Curaçao, but somewhere along the way the Curaçao got dropped and Triple Sec became the comon nomenclature.  The Cointreau and Grand Marnier versions are just  name-brand versions, just as Kleenex is a name-brand version of a tissue.  So when you see recipes for an orange liqueur, it may call for Curaçao, Triple Sec, Orange Liqueur, Cointreau, or Grand Marnier.  Only a little confusing, I know…