Sugary cocktails can give you a more powerful hangover or an immediate headache and stomach ache, yet, they are part of our daily consumption. Cocktails can be delicious and rejuvenating without loading the drink with sugar, appealing to sweeteners or honey.
When you make a cocktail, the ingredients are shaken or stirred with ice, strained and served. But honey and ice are not good friends. When honey is chilled or mixed with liquid, it becomes solid and does not dissolve into your cocktail. In this case the perfect solution is a honey syrup, or even better, make a syrup from Manuka honey.
Most sweeteners are easiest to add to hot drinks. If you’re sweetening cocktails based on hot coffee or tea, try sweetening it before you chill it, or sweeten with honey syrup, or fructose powder.
- ASPARTAME – Aspartame is one of the most common artificial sweeteners in use today and is made by joining together the aspartic acid and phenylalanine. An early study suggested that an increased rate of brain tumors in the US during the 1980s might have been related to aspartame use. Aspartame can be found in diet sodas, flavoured waters, coffee creamers, sugar-free gelatin, chocolate mixes, yogurts, Nestle products, jams, tabletop sweeteners etc.
- AGAVE NECTAR – Made from the agave plant, agave nectar is higher in fructose and lower in glucose compared to white sugar. Agave’s high fructose levels go directly to the liver, where the organ repackages it as blood fats called triglycerides, increasing heart disease risk. Agave nectar can be found as syrup.
- SUCRALOSE – Sucralose is a zero-calorie artificial sweetener made from sugar, in a multi-step chemical process where 3 hydrogen-oxygen groups are replaced with chlorine atoms, which brings the calorie content up to 3.36 calories per gram. Sucralose can be found in diet drinks, flavored coffee syrups, frozen desserts, refrigerated dairy products, light smoothie drinks, flavored yogurts etc
- WHITE SUGAR – White sugar is one of the most popular sweeteners used in bars/restaurants today. When consumed, pass through the stomach without being digested by enzymes because it can′t separate the glucose and the fructose molecules. Glucose and fructose resulting from digestion are absorbed in the blood and can cause tooth decay, obesity, diabetes, hyperactivity, cardiovascular disease, Alzheimer etc. It can be found in most diners or coffee shops, used for sweetening sodas, candy, packaged sweets and nearly every beverage you can buy at the market.
- CORN SYRUP – Corn syrup is a liquid sweetener that’s made by hydrolyzing corn starch into glucose and is contributing more than other sweeteners to obesity and other health issues. It can be found in fruit juices, sport drinks, refreshing drinks, chocolate milk, Tropicana smoothies and orange juice, sodas, tonic waters, dairy, drink mixers etc