Low-Carb Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

Sugar-Free Cosmopolitan cocktail
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Nutrition Highlights (per serving)

Calories 103
Fat 0g
Carbs 1g
Protein 0g
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 1
Amount per serving  
Calories 103
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 2mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 1g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Total Sugars 1g  
Includes 1g Added Sugars 2%
Protein 0g  
Vitamin D 0mcg 0%
Calcium 3mg 0%
Iron 0mg 0%
Potassium 14mg 0%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calorie a day is used for general nutrition advice.
Total Time 5 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 0 min
Servings 1

Cosmopolitan cocktails are festive and fun to drink. They also have quite a lot of sugar, due to the cranberry juice (which typically has a lot of added sugar) and the Cointreau or Triple Sec.

Between these two liqueurs, there is the equivalent of at least 4 teaspoons of sugar (16 grams of carbohydrate) in each Cosmo.

Here's a way to make it low in sugar and carbs without sacrificing flavor.

Ingredients

  • 1 jigger (1 1/2 ounces or 3 tablespoons) vodka 
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) low-calorie cranberry juice OR 2 teaspoons unsweetened cranberry juice and 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (fresh preferred)
  • 2 to 3 drops orange extract
  • 1 drop liquid stevia or other sweetener (2 to 4 teaspoons sugar equivalent)
  • Lime wedge or lime peel for garnish

Preparation

  1. Put 1 jigger regular vodka, 1-ounce low-calorie cranberry juice or 2 teaspoons unsweetened cranberry juice and 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, 2 to 3 drops orange extract and sweetener in a cocktail shaker half-full of ice. Shake well.
  2. Taste for sweetness if using unsweetened cranberry juice, which is highly variable. You may need to add more sweetener. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a small lime wedge or curl of lime peel.

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