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“Can I enjoy sparkling wine and cut back on my sugar intake at the same time?”
“Can I enjoy sparkling wine on a low sugar diet?”
“Can I enjoy sparkling rosé all summer long while dieting?”
The answer is YES!
Well, in reality, the answer is YES, IF…..
With the popularity of low sugar diets, I have been answering these question every single day, so I figured it was a good time to write all about it.
Here’s the good news….sparkling wine contains less calories than red and white wine, so it’s the perfect drink to accompany your low sugar diet and not deprive yourself at the same time.
A typical pour is 5 oz, so here is the general rule for your sparkling wine consumption.
A 5oz pour of brut nature sparkling wine will have 1/2g because it is the driest, least sweet bubbly. This is also quite hard to find in stores, try a small local wine shop as they will be able to find you a few bottles for sure.
A 5oz pour of brut sparkling wine has less than 2g of sugar which is the equivalent of about 1/2 teaspoon. You will find brut bubbly lining the aisles of all of your liquor and grocery stores so this will be quite easy to find.
A 5 oz pour of a dry sparkling wine will have about 5g of sugar which is the equivalent of about 1 teaspoon. This is, of course, at the opposite end of the spectrum and not what you will want to choose if you’re trying to maintain a low sugar diet.
Take a look at these sugar charts. Take this with you as your roaming wine aisles and if you stick to the bubbly on the dry side, as it will have less sugar than the sweet side and will make sticking to your low sugar diet much easier.
Brut simply refers to the sweetness level in a bottle of bubbly. As does Extra Brut, Brut Nature, Dry, etc.
Yes, it’s quite confusing that Dry refers to a bubbly that is actually much sweeter than a brut, which is drier and that’s where a lot of people get confused and buy bubbly that they really do not enjoy.
If you screenshot those sweetness level charts above (or download them from the Bubbly Library), and you will never again be sitting in a liquor store trying to figure out the logic of the naming system.
Good news! The same rules apply to sparkling rosé to all other sparkling wines. It all goes back to the type of bubbly you choose. If you choose a sparkling rosé that is brut, then that 5 oz pour will have about 2g of sugar. If you choose dry or extra dry, then it will be sweeter and have more sugar.
Just like with a “normal” cocktail, it’s usually not the liquor that is the problem it’s the mixer that is. And the same goes for a bubbly cocktail.
We share a lot of bubbly cocktails on the blog and most of them are created with other liquors and topped with bubbly. But the sugar culprit in those, of course, are sprite (or other sodas), juice, lemonade, etc. If you want to cut back on the sugar and enjoy your bubbly, then take it straight up.
If you are making mimosas, the juice will certainly add more calories and more sugar. This is one reason why we make mimosas with fresh fruit because that sugar is much more welcome in the diet than sugar from juice or concentrate. Of course, the flavor is not as powerful, but if you’re like me, you don’t want to see the fruit juice let alone taste it.
To enjoy a mimosa and cut back on the sugar, take the fruit for the type of mimosa you’re going to make, put it into an ice cube tray and fill with bubbly or juice. This will add more flavor, give you the perfect ice cube that doesn’t water down your mimosa and keep your sugar low.
You can enjoy your sparkling wine any day of the week while on a low sugar diet as long as you choose the right type of bubbly and as long as you don’t add anything else to it.
Stick to brut, extra brut or brut nature. If you want to add something fun, add fresh, frozen fruit and you can enjoy your bubbly and your summer and not deprive yourself.
As always, if you’re looking for any supplies, like the ice cube tray for fruit ice cubes, the perfect summer/outdoor glassware, items to stock your bubbly bar, we have linked up all of our favorites on the Bubbly Side of Life Amazon Shop.
If you make it your Amazon.com homepage, you’ll always know when we add something new.
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