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Tips for Making Low-Carb Cocktails
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Hi, I'm Kaytie Sproul here for About.com, and today I'm going to give you some tips for making low-carb cocktails, as detailed on About.com's Low-Carb Diets site.
Most of us indulge in alcoholic beverages from time to time, but if you're dieting, they can be a calorie explosion that throws you off track. Here are a few low-carb recipes for those of us hoping to lose a few inches while still enjoying the finer things in life.First and foremost, learn where the sugar lurks and make substitutions that work for you. Gin, vodka, tequila, rum, and whiskey are distilled spirits that by definition have no carbohydrates. It's usually the juices, liqueurs and carbonated beverages that we add to them that make them high in sugar and calories.If you're in the mood for a Margarita with fewer than three grams of carbohydrates, cut out the triple sec or Cointreau and replace it with fresh ingredients. Wet the rim of a bucket glass and dip into a small plate of salt.
Fill it up with ice and combine 1-1/2 ounces of tequila, two tablespoons of lime juice, 1/4 teaspoon of orange extract, and one tablespoon of liquid artificial sweetener. Mix all of the ingredients together well and garnish with a lime wedge.Between the cranberry juice and triple sec, Cosmopolitans are an extremely high-carb cocktail. However, substituting those two items can take this delicious drink down to 2-1/2 grams of carbohydrates and 105 calories.
Fill a shaker with ice and combine one-and-a-half ounces of vodka, two tablespoons of diet cranberry juice, one tablespoon of lime juice, three drops of orange extract, and two teaspoons of liquid artificial sweetener. Shake well and pour into a chilled martini glass, garnishing with a lime wedge.If you're a fan of mint, then a low-carb Mojito is right up your alley. The trick to this drink is using a sugar substitute that releases the flavor of the mint as well as actual sugar would. Erythritol is your best bet and can be purchased at the supermarket.
Put eight mint leaves, one heaping tablespoon of erythritol, and two tablespoons of lime juice into a highball glass and mash together with a muddler or the end of a wooden spoon. Once muddled, fill the glass with a small handful of ice and add 1-1/2 ounces of white rum, topping the glass off with club soda. Stir everything together and enjoy the fact that this alcoholic beverage only contains two grams of effective carbohydrates and 103 calories.Low-calorie, low-carb options are available in multiple forms, so indulging wisely is no longer impossible. With a few substitutions and attention to detail, you can enjoy guilt-free cocktails on your diet when the occasion calls for it.
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