These 15 delicious drinks are made without refined sugar to help keep your summertime soirées a little healthier without missing out on any of the fun. If you have favorite naturally-sweetened cocktails for summer, I’d love to hear about them in the comments!
Watermelon Gin Cooler from A Calculated Whisk: This refreshing drink is made with honey-basil simple syrup and botanical gin.
Grilled Mango Habanero Margaritas from Wicked Spatula: This sweet & spicy cocktail is sweetened with honey. Grilling the mango adds a little bit of smoky flavor!
Naturally-Sweetened Horchata Cocktails from The Roasted Root (made with this homemade horchata): This vegan drink is sweetened with maple syrup and is perfect for lovers of cinnamon.
Beet-Infused Margaritas with Rosemary Syrup from The Urban Poser: This unique recipe involves steeping beets in tequila for 24 hours to create a stunning ruby hue.
Grapefruit Jalapeño Margaritas from A Calculated Whisk: My favorite sweet and spicy drink no matter the season! My fiancé loves it without the jalapeño.
Lavender Arnold Palmer from A Clean Bake: This twist on a summer classic uses monk fruit sweetener and lavender tea.
Grilled Pineapple Margaritas (3 ways) from Honey, Ghee, & Me: Creamy, blended, on the rocks, with or without coconut–Natalie has all your grilled pineapple margarita options covered.
Citrus Mint Kombucha Cocktails from Pure & Simple Nourishment: This one is sweetened just with fruit, and includes a generous dose of vanilla to round out the other flavors.
Strawberry Orange Ginger Fizz from A Calculated Whisk: This is my go-to for strawberry season! It’s sweetened with honey and the ginger gives it just enough of a bite to keep things interesting.
Spicy Pineapple Coconut Cocktail from My Heart Beets: This drink gets all its sweetness from pineapple, and is made with gluten-free vodka.
Smoky Maple Margarita by A Calculated Whisk for SoFabFood: This warming margarita is sweetened with maple syrup and kicked up a few notches with bittersweet smoked paprika, both in the drink and on the rim.
Islamorada Piña Coladas from Flabs to Fitness: This creamy treat is sweetened with just pineapple and banana!
Strawberry Margaritas (2 ways) from Zenbelly: Whether you want an herbal strawberry-basil margarita or a spicy strawberry-jalapeño version, this post has you covered with recipes sweetened with honey simple syrup.
Cold-Pressed Bloody Maria from Wicked Spatula: As a member of the savory libations team, this one requires no sweetener. And as you can see, the toppings really make the drink!
Blackberry Smash from A Calculated Whisk: Blackberries, mint, and lime come together with a bit of vanilla to create a fizzy drink that’s perfect with or without alcohol.
Which one will you try first?!
That is so great. I love this one.
Thanks! Hope you try one soon.
STACEY CRAWFORD says
Oh, I love this! Perfect for Summer celebrations!
Darryl Edwards says
So many great ideas! I’d probably forego the sweetener myself but these would be amazing without the natural sweeteners too, so a great combination! Thank you.
Holley Marth says
I love a good cocktail, and these photos are amazing
Love the natural sweetened part of these cocktails. They all look so beautiful and refreshing.
Jessica DeMay says
What a great roundup! These all look so refreshing!
Cristina Curp says
Oh my gosh! I love these healthy bevvys!
Michele Spring says
I’m so in love with this post! Fruity summer drinks are the best. And naturally sweetened… yes!!
Love all these drinks ! I want to try all of them !!
Get Inspired Everyday! says
These all look so delicious it’s hard to know where to begin, but since I currently have mangoes and habanero peppers… that might be a good place!
YASSSSSSS!!! You know I’ll be adding a splash of something special in to these!
Such a great list! I really don’t like sugary cocktails, except when they are naturally sweetened! I’ll have to make my way through this list over the summer.
So many fun ideas! Thanks for the inspiration!
Oh gosh, as an ex-cocktail bartender I am salivating right now. SO many creative, beautiful recipes!!! And the fact that you’re avoiding refined sugar at the same time is a huge bonus. Love your photos too!
Emily @ Recipes to Nourish says
Everything looks so refreshing, especially the watermelon cooler and the horchata drink. I don’t drink, but I could easily swap out the alcohol on most of these. So festive and perfect for summer!
wow, such an amazing looking cocktails. So many options to choose from and they look really nice. The presentation is phenomenal. Thank you so much. Keep Rocking
Thanks so much! Hope you give some of these a try!