Jalapeno Cucumber Margarita
1 cucumber, diced
1 large jalapeno, seeded and chopped
2 ounces Silver Tequila (bright) or Anejo Tequila (smooth)
1 ounce orange liquor (bright) or Cointreau (smooth)
1 ounce freshly squeezed lime juice
1 tsp agave syrup or simple syrup (1 part water: 1 part sugar-sugar dissolved)
1 ounce jalapeno cucumber juice (see instructions below)
Kosher salt for rim
For the jalapeno cucumber juice:
Place the chopped cucumber and jalapeno in a blender and smash the pieces down into the pitcher. Blend on high until liquefied, about 30 seconds. (You may need to stop the blender and smash the cucumber pieces down more to get the blade spinning again.)
Set a fine-mesh strainer over a 2-cup measuring cup and pour the liquefied cucumber mixture through the strainer. Using a rubber spatula, press on the solids to extract as much juice as possible. Discard the solids in the strainer. Refrigerate until needed
Prepare your glass by running a slice of lime around the outside of the rim. Turn the outside rim of the glass though salt and set aside. Add 1 cup ice to cocktail shaker. Pour in Tequila, orange liquor, lime juice, agave, and jalapeno cucumber juice. Cover and shake for 30 seconds. Pour contents into salt rimmed glass. Garnish with a wedge of lime.
1 ounce Sweet Vermouth
1 ounce Prosecco or any dry sparkling wine
Orange peel or wheel for garnish
In a rocks or lowball glass, add Campari, sweet vermouth, and ice. Top with prosecco and stir gently to combine. Garnish with orange peel or wheel.
Low-Carb White Russian
2 oz vodka
2 oz heavy cream or canned coconut milk (blend coconut cream well first)
Dark chocolate shavings for garnish
Fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour coffee and vodka into glass and stir gently. Pour heavy cream over top and serve with chocolate shavings.
How to make your own low-carb cocktail
- Straight spirits have 0 carbs. When mixing low-carb alcoholic drinks, stick with unsweetened, unflavored liquors, like brandy, whiskey, rum, vodka, gin, and tequila.
- Do not use sweetened mixers. Choose soda water, seltzer water, or sparkling water, and add a squeeze of a fresh lemon or lime wedge. Brewed teas are a flavorful option as mixers. Muddle berries, cucumber, and herbs like mint, cilantro, or basil. You can also add a little fruit juice if you like.
- Try high fat with your mixers. Heavy cream and canned coconut milk are two options you can use to give your cocktail body. Egg whites are also a good choice to add frothiness to your drinks.