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Low-Sugar, Low-Cal Mimosa Recipe

Low-Sugar, Low-Cal Mimosa Recipe

Oh, how I love Mimosas…

Typically perceived as “problematic” to begin one’s day with a margarita (or vodka on the rocks), this beloved brunch staple makes it socially acceptable to indulge in a cocktail before noon. A special thanks to whoever invented this concoction- making me feel less guilty about my love for day-drinking!

And while I do prefer day-drinking (why delay the fun?), one of my resolutions for 2019 was to be less of a lush (and hopefully lose some weight in the process).

Today I am sharing my hack for cutting back on the booze (and the sugar), with this healthier alternative to Mimosas…

low sugar cocktail recipe

Now for those of you judging my alcohol dependence,  just let me say that I do implement plenty of healthy, stress-management modalities.

I exercise… I do yoga… I meditate..I pray…I try my best to surrender…

I do ALL of the things!!

But at this point in my life, I am not willing to give up my booze.

la croix mimosa recipe is a lower sugar alternative

That being said, I would still like to avoid pounding down an entire bottle of champagne on a Sunday afternoon (think about all of the empty calories? Gasp!).

I knew I was going to have to find some clever way to trick myself into drinking less, and I can confidently say that this recipe was a game-changer.

Instead of cutting the champagne with orange juice, which is not only high in sugar but calorie dense,  I decided to try one of my favorite zero-calorie/zero-sugar/zero-carb beverages- Pineapple Strawberry La Croix- as a mixer…

low-sugar cocktail using champagne and la croix

La Croix Mimosa Recipe:

The following recipe makes one drink.

  • 3 oz. of Extra Dry or Brut Champagne (I do Extra Dry for added sweetness, but Brut has less sugar content)
  • 1 can of Pineapple Strawberry La Croix Curate
  • 1 Sliced Strawberry (for added sweetness and flavor)

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My Hack for Drinking Less Alcohol:

By now, I am sure you can see how substituting orange juice for La Croix cuts sugar and caloric content, but I bet you are still wondering how this formulation helps me to cut back on the total alcohol consumption. Well…

I prefer to serve this drink in a large wine glass or even a 16 oz pint glass (this just didn’t make for pretty blog  pictures).

low-cal cocktail recipe

I like to fill the wine glass first with ice, measure 2 to 3 oz of champagne, and then I fill the remainder of the glass with my La Croix.  This way,  the drink lasts much longer than if I were to serve it in a traditional Champagne flute. This also allows me to better dilute the champagne with the mixer so that the drink is not primarily booze….it’s actually primarily La Croix, but with all of the carbonation I don’t even miss the Champagne.

For all of my fellow lushes out there…I totally “get” your apprehension here. In fact,  my initial fear was that this drink wouldn’t get me “turnt” like the full-strength version. Much to my surprise however,  I still receive the desired effect from this recipe (I think that all of the carbonation just goes straight to the brain). While I typically end up consuming four of these babies, I don’t have to feel any guilt because that is ultimately only 2 glasses of champagne .

Hopefully some of you found this hack to be revelatory.  For those of you who could care less about this sort of thing…I apologize. I promise to be back next week with more interior design and DIY material.

Wishing all of you beautiful babes a wonderful week! Now get out there and design some good vibes!

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Elisa MI Reyes

Wednesday 6th of March 2019

I was laughing my butt off as I read this!! LOL!! I thought I was the only one who liked to get my drink on during the day! When going out to brunch I starting requesting no o.j in my mimosas (with the ruse of "I'm trying to cut back on sugar") - truth is I got tired of it diluting my champagne! I've tried to cut back on boozy calories elsewhere by switching my mixed drinks of choice to Grey Goose vodka and club soda with a wedge of lime. It took me a while to get used to it but I feel less guilty and less hungover if by chance I overindulged. I'd rather do an extra 30 mins of cardio than give up my booze! =)

Designing Vibes

Wednesday 6th of March 2019

haha! I am so glad to know I am not the only day-drinker out there, Elisa. And yes....I totally get not wanting to dilute the champagne, and I basically work out like a crazy person so that I can still enjoy my booze too. LOL! It sounds like we are on the same wavelength. Wishing you a happy hump day, girl.

Mary Stevens

Wednesday 6th of March 2019

I love the way you think!!! I too love my daily drinks! I love margaritas when we go out to eat but at home I like wine! We've got to enjoy ourselves right!!

Designing Vibes

Wednesday 6th of March 2019

That sounds just like me, Mary! I totally is meant to be enjoyed. There is no sense in taking all of the fun out of living. Cheers, my friend! (A glass of red wine would be so incredible right now actually. haha)


Wednesday 6th of March 2019

La Croix flavored drinks are a great tip, I’ll have to compare calories and possibly switch out the cranberry juice ( keep the vodka) and switch the 7up ( keep the gin) the La Croix flavors might offer some flavorful changes! While I love your design posts, this one was appreciated as well! Cheers!

Designing Vibes

Wednesday 6th of March 2019

Something else I like, with la croix and then just a splash of cranberry. You should give it a try and see if you like it. And I am so happy to hear that this post was helpful to you. I get a little nervous when I branch out with posts like these, but my hope is that my readers will still find value from it. Hope you have an incredible rest of your week, friend!

Debra Thompson

Tuesday 5th of March 2019

I feel your pain. I love margaritas but have cut back to try and drop some pounds. I had my first four...yes four, this past weekend. The first ones since Jan. They were soooooooo good LOL

Designing Vibes

Wednesday 6th of March 2019

Margaritas are my absolute favorite, Debra! Every now and then I like to treat myself with a pitcher (and not the skinny version either) with some tacos. haha! You only live once.