This low carb French 75 cocktail is low-carb but you wouldn’t guess it from the taste. Sparkly and sweet with a tangy citrus flavor and a definite kick it has all of the charm of the original without the carbs.
For this cocktail you’ll need: gin, citron vodka, Aperol, diet 7-Up, tangerine or lemon peel for garnish
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I was hoping that this cocktail would be sparkly and pink for Valentine’s Day but it wasn’t. The combination caused the Aperol to become sort of a coral color rather than the pink I was hoping for but no worries — it’s still really good. The Aperol and citron vodka lend this cocktail a citrus flavor while the Diet 7-Up adds sweetness and sparkle without adding calories and carbs. Perfect for Valentine’s Day or any other celebration.
I always feel funny posting a cocktail recipe. There’s normally just one glass so it looks a bit like I “might” have a problem. In reality I often end up pouring the cocktails out after my initial tasting because my husband doesn’t drink very much and if I drank all of the alcohol that I post on the blog… well there would be no use in me low-carbing, would there?
Following is a low-carb lifestyle is tough, especially when you feel like you are missing out on something. I do like to have a cocktail now and then and since I prefer the “girly” drinks those carbs can really add up. This pretty cocktail is slightly sweet, very bubbly, and has just a few carbs. You won’t want to drink it every week but once in awhile it’s fine.
The French75 is normally made with gin, lemon juice, simple syrup and champagne. I’ve exchanged Diet 7-Up for the champagne and sweetness and used citron vodka to give it that lemony flavor. Aperol gives it the orangey tang and the pretty blush color. I’d suggest a good gin — I prefer Citadelle.
This cocktail is a variation of the Tom Collins. I like to serve it in a champagne flute but a highball glass will work just as well.
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- 1 .5 ounces gin
- 1 ounce citron vodka
- 0.5 ounce Aperol
- Ice 3 ounces Diet 7-Up
- Tangerine wedge
- Tangerine peel for garnish
Mix the gin, vodka, and Aperol in a shaker with ice.
Strain into an on the rocks glass.
Top with Diet 7-Up.
Garnish with a squeeze of tangerine and a tangerine peel spiral.
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