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Skinny Zevia Cocktails

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About a month ago I did a post on Soda Alternatives. I had my boyfriend (an ex-soda addict) test out popular alternatives and give me his VERY honest feedback…maybe too honest on some of the products.

One of his favorites turned out to be Ginger Root Beer by Zevia. He was so impressed that it actually tasted like soda and had just the right amount of carbonation.

So when Zevia reached out asking if I’d like to sample more flavors I was thrilled. I loved the Ginger Root Beer as well and was so excited to see if any other flavors were equally as good.

What is Zevia? -“Zevia is the leading zero calorie, naturally sweetened soda in the United States…”

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How is Zevia sweetened?

  • Zevia is sweetened naturally with Stevia and Monk Fruit.
    • Stevia- Stevia is a plant based sweetener that has zero calories and doesn’t have any effect on blood sugar levels.
    • Monk Fruit- Monk fruit is an indigenous fruit to Asia that is all natural and also contains zero calories.

Why is Zevia clear?

  • I was shocked to see that Zevia Ginger Root Beer  was clear. Normally I recognize root beer by its dark color so the lack of color really threw me off. I didn’t think much more of it at the time but once I did more research on Zevia I now understand why it’s clear.
    • Zevia recently eliminated artificial coloring in all of its flavors due to the high demand for the most natural product possible.

How does Zevia compare to Diet Soda?

  • Honestly, it tastes almost EXACTLY like diet soda. Don’t believe me? Read my boyfriend’s VERY honest review here. He is seriously someone who use to drink 5-6 sodas a day!

Here is how Zevia compares to traditional diet soda. It has ALL the good and None of the bad while still being a delicious, bubbly,  flavorful beverage.

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Where can you find Zevia?

  • Zevia is available in the United States and Canada. Common places to find Zevia include: Safeway, Kroger, Whole Foods, Super Target and Sprouts.

Now let’s get to a very important question…Does it mix well with alcohol?

  • Great, great question! Turns out Zevia’s website offers tons of delicious mocktail and cocktail recipes so naturally I had to put a few to the test.

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Skinny Zevia Cocktails:

I figured it’s one thing to just test out Zevia by just drinking it out of the can and another thing to test it by making some delicious drinks. Obviously, I went with the latter.

The idea of using a naturally sweetened, zero calorie drink as a mixer got me thinking about one of the most popular things I am asked to blog about….

“How can I drink alcohol and not gain weight?”

Now if I really knew the answer to this question I’d be a billionaire but cutting back on sugar loaded mixers is a great start!

The mixers are where most of the calories and sugar in cocktails are.

Think about it 1 shot of vodka is only about 90 calories with 0 g of sugar. But when that gets mixed with say 1 cup of cranberry juice add on another 100 calories and 30 grams of sugar….YIKES!

The fact that Zevia has no calories and no sugar makes it a great mixer for some Skinny Cocktails. I picked out 2 recipes that stood out from Zevia’s website then made up my own using the Cherry Cola.

Cheers!

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Recipe #1. Zevia Cherry Cola Cocktail

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Ingredients:

  • 1.5 oz Vodka
  • 4 oz Zevia Cherry Cola
  • .5 oz Grenadine

Directions: Mix together and top with Marciano cherries!

 

Recipe #2. Adriana’s Best Zevia Moscow Mule

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Ingredients:

  • 2oz Vodka
  • .5 oz fresh squeezed lime juice
  • 3 oz ginger beer
  • 1 mint floret
  • 1-2 lemon rounds

Directions: Mix everything together. I added about 1 oz extra of ginger beer and some extra lemon slices.

 

Recipe #3. Healthy Happy Sweet Tart

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Ingredients:

  • 1 can Grape Zevia
  • 1 orange juiced
  • 2 oz of vodka
  • blueberries (I used frozen)

Directions: Mix everything together and enjoy.

 

A very special Thank You,

++Thank you Zevia for providing me with the products for this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

 

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Your Turn?

Have you tried Zevia before?

What’s your favorite “Soda Alternative”?

What’s your favorite cocktail?

 

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12 Comments

  • Reply Sarah @ BucketListTummy February 26, 2016 at 5:33 am

    Yum! I love my moscow mules. Look like some great flavor combos!

    • Reply Diana Becker February 26, 2016 at 6:53 am

      I’m obsessed with Moscow Mules right now too…really anything with ginger flavor. Cheers to the weekend 🙂

  • Reply Smitha @ Running with SD Mom February 26, 2016 at 11:16 am

    That Moscow Mule sounds amazing! I will have to try that!

    • Reply Diana Becker February 26, 2016 at 11:47 am

      It’s so delicious and refreshing! Let me know how you like it and enjoy your weekend 🙂

  • Reply GiGi Eats February 26, 2016 at 3:18 pm

    Zevia. Oh man. I have a LOVE LOVE relationship with the stuff. I drink like 4 cans a day! It’s bad but… SO GOOD! LOL!

    • Reply Diana Becker February 26, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      I’m OBSESSED! I always have one to get me through the afternoon. What’s your favorite flavor?

  • Reply Cayanne Marcus @healthyezsweet February 26, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    I love the idea and flavors of Zevia but I can’t help but wonder if there’s some catch haha. Diet sodas with all their chemicals really bother my stomach. Since stevia is also an artificial sweetener wouldn’t it have the same affect?

    • Reply Diana Becker February 26, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      Stevia is a natural sweetener from the Stevia plant..while it’s not perfect it is a far better alternative (in my opinion) to aspartame, splenda, acesulfame potassium…etc which are commonly found in drinks/ foods.

      Give Zevia a try and see if your stomach is okay. I have a very sensitive stomach and mine is fine when I drink a can of Zevia 🙂

  • Reply Julia @ Lord Still Loves Me February 27, 2016 at 8:57 am

    I’ve only tried the cream Zevia but I LOVED it! The only bummer is the cost of it. Otherwise I’d probably have it often

    • Reply Diana Becker February 27, 2016 at 12:59 pm

      ugh I know it’s a little pricey! I was just at Sprouts here in San Diego and Zevia was buy one case get one free 🙂

  • Reply Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 27, 2016 at 9:03 pm

    I love Zevia! the ginger ale if my favorite. Really good with Jack. LOL!

    • Reply Diana Becker March 1, 2016 at 10:55 am

      The ginger ale is so good!! I was loving it in the Mule drink. I’ll have to try it with Jack 😉

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