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Cocktail recipes with zero-calorie mixers from Be Mixed

Cocktails can be real sugar and calorie bombs, especially summery fare like margaritas.

For the health-conscious cocktail consumer, enter Be Mixed.

Launched last year by two Harvard Business School graduates, the New York City-based company makes zero-calorie, all-natural cocktail mixers made with sweeteners that don’t have a high glycemic impact.

“We were sick of drinking vodka sodas and wanted a great drink that didn’t have a ton of calories and sugar,” said Jennifer Ross, who founded the company with friend Cristina Ros Blankfein.

Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 6, Ross is especially cognizant of her sugar intake.

“The mixers that are out there — if you use cranberry juice, orange juice, those juices have a ton of sugar in them,” Ross said. “It’s really hard to make cocktails at home period, let alone ones that don’t have a ton of sugar or calories.”

The nonalcoholic mixers use a blend of monk fruit extract, Stevia extract and the sugar alcohol Erythritol for its sweetness, and natural flavors for its three different varieties: margarita, cucumber mint (which pairs well with vodka) and ginger lime, a stronger mix that goes well with darker spirits and with vodka for drinks like a Moscow mule. The mixers could also be enjoyed over ice or with sparkling water for a mocktail.

“We started at a time when craft cocktails were really, really popular, and when the clean eating movement happened,” Ross said. “We like to call it the clean drinking movement. People are really conscious about not only what they’re eating but drinking.”

Each mixer comes in a 4-oz., pocket-sized bottle and costs $33 for three packs of four bottles. Be Mixed is sold online at be-mixed.com, as well as Fresh Direct, Whole Foods and on-demand through Minibar and Drizly.

Be Mixed is working with restaurants to put its mixers on cocktail menus, and it can currently be found at Catch and El Toro Blanco, as well as available as part of bottle service at Surf Lodge in Montauk, Ross said.

The company has also worked with bartenders from across the city, such as Extra Fancy in Williamsburg, to develop cocktails using its mixers. Here are three new summer picks, each incorporating one of the flavors.

Berry Spicy

1 bottle Be Mixed Margarita4 blueberries4 blackberries4 raspberries1
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1 bottle Be Mixed Margarita

4 blueberries

4 blackberries

4 raspberries

1 jalapeno slice

1 1/2 oz. tequila

Splash of soda water

Muddle blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and jalapeno slice. Add to shaker with tequila and fill with ice. Shake and pour over ice. Top with soda water.

Summer Brew Cocktail

1/2 bottle Be Mixed Ginger Lime1/2 peach, sliced6
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1/2 bottle Be Mixed Ginger Lime

1/2 peach, sliced

6 oz. wheat beer

Muddle peach slices. Pour all ingredients into a tall glass.

Be Green Juice

1 bottle Be Mixed Cucumber Mint3 pieces honeydew4
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1 bottle Be Mixed Cucumber Mint

3 pieces honeydew

4 basil leaves

1 1/5 oz. vodka, gin or sake

Muddle honeydew and basil. Combine all ingredients into shaker and fill with ice. Shake and pour.

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