Low-Carb Cosmopolitan Cocktail Recipe

Sugar-Free Cosmopolitan cocktail
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Total Time 5 min
Prep 5 min, Cook 0 min
Yield 1 Low-Carb Cosmopolitan

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) Citron vodka or regular vodka (nutritional analysis uses 80 proof)
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) diet cranberry juice (NOT "light" -- it must say diet)
  • OR 2 teaspoons unsweetened cranberry juice and 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (fresh preferred)
  • 2 to 3 drops orange extract
  • 2 to 4 teaspoons sugar equivalent in artificial sweetener (to taste), liquid preferred
  • Lime wedge or lime peel for garnish

Preparation

  1. Put 1 jigger Citron vodka or regular vodka, 1 ounce diet cranberry juice or 2 teaspoons unsweetened cranberry juice and 2 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice, 2 to 3 drops orange extract and 2 to 4 teaspoons sugar equivalent in artificial sweeter 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 sweetener. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a small lime wedge or curl of lime peel.

    Nutritional Information: Each serving has 2 1/2 grams effective carbohydrate and 105 calories.

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