Sweetness is a key component to any good drink, helping balance acid, bitterness and even alcohol. Swap your regular simple syrup and processed sugars for these natural ones for a healthy dose of sweet nutrients. Here’s my recommended list of natural sweeteners to keep your drinks naturally sweet.
Coco for Coconut
Made of 100% pure coconut tree sap, raw coconut nectar is an amber colored, low-glycemic sweetener contains 17 amino acids and several minerals. Raw Coconut Nectar is 90% fructose, but it contains far more minerals and nutrients than any agave syrup.
Blackstrap Molasses contains less sugar than white sugar, brown sugar, regular molasses, or dark molasses, yet far more minerals electrolytes. So, when you add a tablespoon of blackstrap molasses to your cocktail, you’re getting more calcium than a cup of raw spinach, and twice the potassium of a banana and almost 100mg of magnesium. Featuring a robust bittersweet flavor, blackstrap molasses is a fantastic sweetener that will add complexity and subtle sweetness to cocktails while also adding a dose of healthy nutrients to your libation.
Tapping into Maple Syrup
Researchers refer to maple syrup as an “anti-oxidant cocktail of beneficial compounds” that contains some of the beneficial compounds of berries, teas, and flax seeds. Make sure to buy 100% Maple Syrup.
The Best Date
Date Sugar is 100% dehydrated dates ground into small pieces. It is a whole food, high in fiber, vitamins, and minerals.
The Buzz on Honey
According to Ayurvedic medicine, honey is revered as one of the five elixirs of immortality. Although, not a vegan option, honey has so many healing and restorative properties, it remains one of my top sweeteners of choice.