August 27, 2010….Low Carb Summertime Cocktails…..YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS

Lots of sunshine and heat predicted for the Jersey coastline for the next week and I’ve got summertime cocktails on my mind! ( Guess I’m trying to hang on to the summertime vibe)…..I wanted to give you some low carb ideas for 2 of my favorite cocktails: Cosmopolitans and Margaritas!

Just a reminder that the liquor used in these drinks begins as a carbohydrate, but distillation changes its chemical composition to metabolize as a “fat” does. As a result, the vodka or tequila does not cause a significant rise in blood sugar or release of insulin. If you are on Step 1, remember that your liver is resting and will be slower to process alcohol…you will get tipsy quite quickly!!!! Go slowwwwwwwwwww. Also, check with your physician regarding alcohol intake regarding your specific medical conditions or medications.


                                      Low Carb Cosmopolitan

Cosmopolitan cocktails traditionally contain a lot of sugar from the cranberry juice, triple sec, and added sugar. There are usually over 20 grams of very high impact carb in one small cosmo…. imagine the carb grams in a large drink! Here’s a way to make it low in sugar and carbs without sacrificing flavor.

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


· 1 jigger (1.5 oz or 3 tablespoons) Citron vodka or regular vodka (nutritional analysis uses 80 proof)

· ¼ cup Diet Cranberry Juice (has only .5 grams carbohydrate/1/4 cup)

· 1 tablespoon lime juice (fresh preferred)

· 2 to 3 drops orange extract

· 1 packet sucralose

· Handful of ice


Put the ingredients in a cocktail shaker half-full of ice. Shake well. Taste for sweetness. Strain into a Martini glass. Garnish with a small lime

                                         Low Carb Margarita

Margaritas are also very high in sugar from the triple sec or cointreau (orange liquers with 16+ grams carb/1.5 ounces). Imagine how much sugar you’re getting in one of those jumbo margaritas!

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Total Time: 5 minutes


· 1 jigger (1.5 oz) tequila (80 proof)

· 2 Tablespoons (1 oz) lime juice – fresh preferred

· 1/4 cup diet orange soda or (1/4 cup water and 1/4 tsp orange extract)

· 1 packet sucralose

· Handful of ice

· Margarita salt or kosher salt


Wet the rim of the glass and dip into a small plate of salt.

Combine all ingredients in a cocktail shaker, shake it up, taste for sweetness and either pour into your glass with the ice or shake and strain into a glass. Serve with a garnish of an orange slice.


About Diane Kress

Author of The New York Times Bestseller; The Metabolism Miracle, The Metabolism Miracle Cookbook, and The Diabetes Miracle. and The Metabolism Miracle, Revised Edition. Owner, developer, and administrator of The Metabolism Miracle's support site: Registered Dietitian, Certified Diabetes Educator, Email:
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