Using the safe sugar substitute xylitol makes this refreshing drink sugar-free, plus the fresh lemon juice provides plenty of vitamin C. You can add a shot of vodka if you like.


Serves 4

juice of 2 lemons

2 tbsp xylitol (or caster sugar)

800ml (29fl oz) naturally sparkling mineral water


1 Stir all the ingredients together until the xylitol dissolves.

2 Pour into tall glasses, and serve with ice and a slice of lemon.

Cook’s Notes

Gluten-free, wheat-free, dairy-free, yeast-free • V • Can be made in advance, but don’t add the sparkling water until ready to serve

From Delicious, Health Sugar Free by Patrick Holford and Fiona McDonald Joyce. With special thanks to Fiona McDonald Joyce for use of these recipes for Holford Health Club members.

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