People who are following a low carbohydrate diet often have trouble finding a cocktail they can enjoy because of the high sugar content in most mixed drinks. The alcohol, such as vodka, whiskey, run, scotch and tequila, has no carbohydrates. The carbs are often in the sugary mixers used in popular mixed drinks. There are ways of decreasing the sugar in mixed drinks so that you can still enjoy a cocktail even if you are watching your carbohydrate intake.
Some of the classic mixed drinks are made with soda. You can lower your carb intake by mixing them with diet soda, which has no carbohydrates or calories. Rum and Coke is a popular highball that can be switched to rum and Diet Coke. A Seven & Seven is a classic drink of Seagrams 7 whiskey that can be made with diet 7-Up. Club soda, seltzer water and diet ginger ale have no sugar and can be mixed with whiskey, vodka, rye or rum.
A martini is a classic drink that any bartender can make. The martini is low in carbohydrates since it only consists of 5.5 cl gin and 1.5 cl dry vermouth, with an olive or a twist of lemon. The only carbohydrates in this cocktail are the small amount in the dry vermouth, which has a total of a little more than one carbohydrate. Avoid any of the other types of martinis, such as a cosmopolitan, as they will have added ingredients that include sugar.
A traditional margarita is high in sugar, but you can substitute low-sugar ingredients so you can still enjoy this cocktail. To make a margarita boasting a mere two carbs, combine one jigger of tequila, 2 tbsp. of fresh or bottled lime juice, 1/4 cup of water, 1/4 tsp. orange extract and 1 tbsp. of artificial sweetener. Mix in a blender or shaker and serve over ice. It can also be blended with ice to make a frozen margarita.
The strawberry daiquiri is a sweet, refreshing drink that can be made into a low-sugar version by using artificial sweetener and fresh strawberries. Put 1/2 cup sliced strawberries, 1 tbsp. lime juice, one jigger of rum and about five ice cubes into a blender and blend. Add small amounts of sugar or artificial sweetener a little at a time until you have it sweet enough for your taste. This drink is five carbohydrates. You can make it without the rum for a nonalcoholic drink.
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