While you hear a lot about low calorie cocktails, you don't hear too much about low carb mixed drinks. You may know that beer has a lot of carbohydrates, but did you know that sugary mixers, like Kahlua, are loaded with them too? A one-and-one-half ounce serving of liqueur can have up to 24 grams of carbohydrates, and two ounces of sour mix has a whopping 17 grams of carbs. Most of these carbohydrates come from the added sugar that makes the drinks taste good. In contrast, hard alcohol is basically carb free, although it is not low calorie. All of the carbohydrates are converted to alcohol during the distillation process. So all you really have to worry about is using a low carb mixer to finish off your concoction.
Three Delicious Low Carb Cocktail Recipes
Low Carb Margarita
The low carb margarita is one popular drink for the carb conscious cocktail enthusiast. It eliminates the margarita mix, which is drowning in sugar. You also leave out the triple sec, which is a very sugary liqueur. Instead, you use the following ingredients:
- 1 1/2 ounces of tequila
- 1 ounce of lime juice
- 4 tablespoons of water
- 1/4 tablespoon of orange extract
- 1 tablespoon of Splenda
- Margarita salt
- Using a margarita glass, wet the rim and coat it with salt.
- Add all of the ingredients, minus the salt, to the blender.
- Blend on high, with a half cup of ice, until well mixed.
- Pour the drink into the glass.
This recipe produces one serving, which has approximately two grams of carbs. If you'd like to use a simpler recipe, try the one on the package of Bob's Sugar Free Margarita Mix. All you have to add is the alcohol.
Low Carb Cosmopolitan
The cosmopolitan is another great drink. How do you make this refreshing drink low carb? By using diet cranberry juice, of course. More specifically, you'll need the following ingredients for this low carb mixed drink:
- 3 tablespoons of 80 proof vodka
- 2 tablespoons of diet cranberry juice
- 1 tablespoon of fresh lime juice
- 1/2 teaspoons of orange extract
- 3 teaspoons of Splenda
- In a shaker with ice, combine all the ingredients and give them a good shake.
- Strain the contents into a martini glass.
This drink has two grams of carbs per serving. The recipe serves one.
Low Carb White Russian
You might think that the cream is the high carb ingredient in the traditional white Russian, but you'd be wrong. It's the coffee liqueur. To get rid of the sugar, use Da Vinci Sugar Free Kalhua Syrup instead. More specifically, use these ingredients:
- 3 tablespoons of Da Vinci syrup
- 3 tablespoons of heavy cream
- 3 ounces of 80 proof vodka
In a rocks glass filled with ice, add all of the ingredients and mix them with a stir stick. This one serving portion has one gram of carbohydrates.
More Low Carb Mixed Drink Ideas
Making low carb mixed drinks doesn't present too much of a challenge since there are so many low sugar mixers available. You can actually experiment with turning any mixed drink into a low carb version just by substituting one or two ingredients. Where you may have more difficulty is in finding low carb wines and beers. Due to how they are made, some of the carbohydrates from their ingredients remain even after they are distilled. In fact, that is how they get their flavor.