A low-carb classic Tom Collins with just .6 carbs per cocktail? Yep… say hello to the weekend!
Over on Restless Chipotle I have been sharing classic cocktails on Saturdays. I have recently fallen in love with these elegant drinks that were so popular in the 1950s and 1960s when I was growing up. I can see why they were standard at my parents’ parties! The problem is that when you are low-carbing it’s tough. You see, although the actual alcohol has very few, if any, carbs the sour mix and other mix ins contain quite a few. For example, a classic Tom Collins has over 25 carbs per serving.
I don’t know about you but I can’t do that.
I am not a big drinker. In fact, it has only been in the last few years that I have allowed myself to enjoy wine with dinner or the occasional cocktail. However, because I wanted to be able to get good images, here I am at 11:00 on a Saturday morning sipping my low-carb Tom Collins and contemplating lunch… which may well be another Tom Collins. Wow, it’s so good.
A Tom Collins is made with gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup shaked with cracked ice. Once you pour it into the cup you add club soda to taste. I usually add quite a lot because I love having the drink to sip on and I think that more than one would be pushing it for me. I think it tastes kind of like a sparkly, tangy lemonade.
The trick to keeping it low carb is to make a batch of your own simple syrup with Erythritol and keep it in your refrigerator for when you want a cocktail. How easy is that?
Pretty darn easy.
Oh — and if you have only had this delicious cocktail made with ready-made mix? You have never had this delicious cocktail, trust me. If you are looking for a refreshing drink, or just want to treat yourself and your friends to a classic, give this low-carb Tom Collins a try. Let me know what you think.
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- 3 ounces gin
- 2 ounces lemon juice
- 1 ounce low-carb simple syrup
- 1 slice of lemon or lime
- Club Soda to taste
- 1 cup Erythritol
- 1 cup water
Bring Erythritol and water to a boil, boil for 1 minute.
Add gin, lemon juice, low-carb syrup, and 1 cup of ice to a shaker.
Shake until well mixed.
Strain the liquid into your glass.
Fill with Club Soda.
Add a slice of lemon or lime.
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