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Welcome to Low Carb Cocktails Guide

Here you will find simple to make low carb cocktails.

Low carb cocktails refers to cocktails with a low level of carbohydrates. If you are in search of low carb cocktails, you are in the right place - this page is dedicated to just that, but also to “health conscience” cocktails in other words low fat and low sugar cocktails.


TIP: Check out our Cocktail Mixing Guide for an explanation of the terms used on this page.

People generally want to limit or lower their carb in take either for medical or health reasons or to lose weight. Studies show that if you want to lose weight, you need to limit the amount of calories you take in OR burn more than usual by exercising for example OR a combination of the two.

It is actually the calories and the not the carbs that nurtures those love handles. Therefore, we will first look at how many calories you need (if you don’t know). We also take a look at the calorie content of various spirits and liqueurs and, very importantly, low calorie cocktails.


The average adult needs about 2 500 to 3 000 calories per day to stay a constant weight. Your exact requirement depends on things like your height, age and sex. Click here to determine how to calculate your personal calorie requirement.

Every pound / kilogram of body weight represents about 3 500 / 7 800 calories. So, to lose a pound / kilogram you need to take in 3 500 / 7 800 fewer calories OR burn up this amount more by doing physical exercise.

Therefore, if you want to lose say 10 pounds / 4.5 kilograms, you need to get rid of 35 000 calories. If you do this over a period of 2 months, this means about 580 less calories per day.


Different alcoholic beverages contain different levels of calories. For example beer contains about 200 per 500 ml / 18 Oz. Spirits like vodka, gin and brandy contain about 220 per 100 ml / 3.5 Oz. Wine contain about 80 per 100 ml / 3.5 Oz. So, the base ingredient of the cocktail will have a big influence on it’s calorie content. The other ingredients (juices, sugar, etc) will of course also influence this.

Interestingly, beer contains a lot of carbohydrates but spirits like vodka and gin contain very few. If you want to limit the calories, steer clear from fruit juices and sweet, syrupy liqueurs and mixers. Alternatively, substitute the mixers with their diet or low fat variants.

Here is some more examples of ingredients and their calorie content:

· Diet soda or diet tonic: 0 calories

· Orange juice (250 ml / 9 oz): 114 calories

· Cranberry juice cocktail (250 ml / 9 oz): 148 calories

· Light orange juice (250 ml / 9 oz): 55 calories

· Light cranberry juice (250 ml / 9 oz): 44 calories

· Light lemonade (250 ml / 9 oz): 5.5 calories

· Lemon or lime juice (150ml / 5 oz): 100 calories

As a very general rule of thumb, the longer the cocktail (like a Long Island Iced Tea) and the stronger, sweeter and the more mixers it contains, the more calories it has. If you need further guidance, consult a professional dietician or doctor.


Let’s look at a few low carb cocktails:

(Note the amount of calories is approximate and depends on the strength of the spirits used and the proportions in which you mix your cocktails.)

BLOODY MARY

Calories: 210 per 250 ml / 9 Oz.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts vodka
6 parts tomato cocktail juice
1 teaspoon tomato sauce or ketchup (optional)
Dash of Worcestershire sauce
A dash of Tabasco sauce
Salt and ground black pepper

Glass:Highball

Preparation:Put the vodka and tomato juice in a shaker with a few ice cubes. Add the tomato sauce, Worcestershire sauce and Tabasco sauce. Shake well and strain into the glass (which can be with or without ice). Add salt and pepper to taste.

Garnish:Celery stick, which serves as a stirrer as well.


BRONX

Calories: 230 per 170 ml / 6 Oz.

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
1 part gin
1 part dry vermouth
1 part orange juice (go for a light/diet variant)

Glass:Martini, chilled.

Preparation:Shake the ingredients and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Orange twist


CUBA LIBRE LIGHT

Calories: 100 per 170 ml / 6 Oz.

Ingredients:
Crushed ice
2 parts rum
1 part lime juice
Diet Cola

Glass:Highball

Preparation:Pour the rum and juice into a glass filled half way with crushed ice. Top up with cola

Garnish:Thin lime or lemon wheel and often served with a stirrer.


DRY MARTINI

Calories: 300 per 170 ml / 6 Oz

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
1 part gin
1 part dry vermouth

Glass:Marini, chilled

Preparation:Stir the ingredients well and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Green olive on a cocktail stick


G&T

Calories: 160 per 250 ml / 9 Oz

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 part gin
5 parts diet tonic water

Glass:Highball

Preparation:Fill the glass with ice. Stir the ingredients well and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Lemon peel


MIMOSA

Calories: 130 per 200 ml / 7 Oz

Ingredients:
1 part champagne
1 part orange juice (go for a light/diet variant)

Glass:Champagne flute

Preparation:Pour the ingredients in the glass and stir gently.

Garnish:Orange twist.


PRINCETON

Calories: 185 per 170 ml / 6 Oz

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
1 part gin
1 part dry vermouth
1 part lime juice

Glass:Martini

Preparation:Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Slice of lime.


SALTY DOG

Calories: 130 per 200 ml / 7 Oz

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts vodka
4 parts grapefruit juice

Glass:Martini, although a highball is sometimes used.

Preparation:Shake the ingredients with ice and strain into the glass.

Garnish:Salt frosted rim for the glass.


SCREWDRIVER

Calories: 215 per 250 ml / 9 Oz

Ingredients:
Ice cubes
2 parts vodka
4 parts orange juice (go for a light/diet variant)

Glass:Highball, chilled

Preparation:Pour the vodka and orange juice into the ice filled glass and stir gently.

Garnish:Slice of orange, optional.


SPRITZER

Calories: 140 per 200 ml / 7 Oz

Ingredients:
3 parts wine
Soda water

Glass:Champagne flute

Preparation:Pour the wine into the glass and top up with soda water.

Garnish:Lemon zest or twist.


Armed with the above information, you should now be able to spot the cocktails you need to avoid and which ones you can tweak slightly to create a low carb cocktail version.

LASTLY … tips to reduce your carb and calorie consumption while enjoying your cocktails:

1. Alternate your low carb cocktails with non-alcoholic drinks.

2. Go for drinks and cocktails with low calories, like light wine, light beer and low carb cocktails as above. Mix cocktails with water, club soda, low calorie juices, artificial sweeteners or sugar-free syrups for easy calorie savings.

3. Do not add a mixer.

4. Dilute your drink with water or soda water<.p>


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