This low carb vanilla old fashioned cocktail is a twist on the classic cocktail that the Mad Men generation enjoyed. Not only does it have a delicate vanilla flavor it’s 0 carb, too!
For this recipe you’ll need: bourbon, vanilla bean, sugar free vanilla syrup ( I used Torani), orange water enhancer, club soda (optional), ice
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I like a good cocktail after a long day of work. It’s relaxing, civilized, and it makes me feel a little more like an adult. Truth be told I even like a lousy cocktail after a long day of work if it was one of those days. You know what I am talking about, right?
Being a food writer has its weird moments. For example, on the day I was cocktail testing was perfect for photographs at 9 am. At 9:15 am I met the UPS guy at the door with a cocktail in my hand and another behind me on the table. He looked at me with one eyebrow raised and muttered, “tough morning?”
Since most classic cocktails don’t have a lot of heavy ingredients you need to get a really good quality liquor. This is definitely not the spot to use up the cheap, rotgut bourbon your boss gave you for Christmas five years ago. A good bourbon will be rich and smooth with notes of caramel and vanilla and a nice balance between dry and sweet. 1-1/2 ounces of bourbon has 109 calories and no carbs but be careful. Alcohol can stall your weight loss so while once in awhile is fine you definitely don’t want to indulge every night.
I like a little club soda in my old fashioned but you can certainly leave it out if you prefer the cocktail to be undiluted. The club soda smooths the alcohol out and gives the drink a little fizz which I enjoy. This is not a sweet drink but it is a nice balance of flavors. Serve it in an on-the-rocks-glass with a couple of ice cubes and a vanilla bean.
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These on the rocks glasses are similar to mine. I love them because they have heavy bottoms so they don’t get knocked over easily. They’re a great addition to your barware collection. This ice ball maker forms ice in a sphere — perfect for whiskey drinks of all kinds. It doesn’t melt very quickly and keeps your drink chilled.
Vanilla Old Fashioned Cocktail
- 1- inch piece orange peel
- 1- inch vanilla bean split in half
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 1/2 to 1 tablespoon sugar free vanilla syrup I use Torani
- 2 drops orange water enhancer
- Club soda to taste.
- Muddle the orange peel and vanilla bean in the bottom of the glass.
- Add the bourbon, vanilla syrup, and water enhancer.
- Stir and add ice.
- Top with an ounce or two of club soda.
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