Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Reducing Carbs? The Best Alcoholic Cocktails with Little Carbs

Just because you’re counting your carbs doesn’t mean you cannot enjoy alcoholic beverages. What it does mean, however, is that you need to pay attention to carbohydrates and choose alcoholic cocktails that have little carbs. Despite what you may think, there are several low carb options for when you want to enjoy an adult beverage. In order for an alcoholic cocktail to be low carb, you will need to drastically cut back on the amount of sugar. You can do this by simply creating stevia syrup to use in replace of the traditional simple syrup typically used in cocktails. Stevia, which is a sugar alternative, contains no carbohydrates.

Your basic distilled spirits, such as vodka, whiskey, gin, rum and tequila, are free of carbohydrates. However, fortified alcohols and liqueurs do, in fact contain sugar. That is why you will need to use a basic distilled spirit as the base of the cocktail and then add sugar-free or low-sugar mixers. To help you get started, we have complied the best low carb alcoholic cocktails that you can easily make at home.

Watermelon and Ginger Fizz – Forgo the simple syrup and instead use stevia syrup with a calorie-free ginger ale. Keep the vodka as the base.

Cucumber and Gin Fizz – This common cocktail normally contains tonic water which is high in carbs. Instead, use a sugar-free tonic water – which uses artificial sweetener – to make this drink without carbs. Another option is to use tonic water that is agave-based. This won’t make it no carb but it will drastically reduce the amount of carbs in the cocktail.

Skinny Ginger Mule and Skinny Whiskey Sour – Replace the high carb ginger beer with a diet ginger ale to make this delicious cocktail low in carbs. For the whiskey sour, simply make your own no carb option by creating a sour mix from Lemonade flavored MIO water enhancer and water, and then add whiskey.

Margarita and Mojito – For a low carb option, avoid orange liqueur and instead use orange extract with a little no-calorie sweetener. As for the mojito, you can make it low carb by using ginger ale or diet tonic water with simple syrup that contains no carbohydrates.

The No Hangover Cocktail – While the whole “no hangover” thing isn’t a guarantee, you can use club soda, vodka and lime to create a naturally carb free cocktail.

Disclaimer: The idea written in this guest post is solely by the author not mine

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