The craft cocktail scene in the United States is booming.
But the onslaught of creative mixology has led to more elaborate, over-the-top drinks with a whole slew of syrups, liqueurs, and other sugary ingredients … along with lots of hidden calories and carbs.
Luckily, you can still enjoy high-quality cocktails without completely ruining your diet if you’re watching your carb intake. These four vodka cocktails taste delicious and aren’t laden with sugar and calories. The next time you’re trying to drink a little healthier during happy hour, whip up one of these low-carb vodka drinks so you can enjoy the evening without worrying about undoing all of your hard work.
Peaches & Cranberry Spritz
- 1.5 oz. Ketel One Botanical Peach & Orange Blossom
- 2 dashes Cranberry Bitters
- 3 oz. Fever-Tree Soda Water
- 1 Cranberry (for Garnish)
Preparation: Combine all ingredients in a wine glass over ice. Garnish with a cranberry.
Courtesy of White Rabbit, San Francisco
- 2 oz. Vodka
- .25 oz. Lemon Juice
- Fresh, seasonal fruit, lightly bruised to release essence (fruit should match the hint sparkling water flavor used)
- hint Sparkling Water (to Top)
Preparation: Bruise the fresh fruit slightly to release its flavor and essence. Add the vodka, fruit, and lemon juice to a Collins glass with ice. Top with hint sparkling water, ideally one that matches the flavor of the fruit you’re using in the drink.
Grass is Greener
- 1.5 oz. Absolut Citron
- 1 oz. Wheatgrass
- .5 oz. Lime Juice
- .25 oz. Agave Nectar
- 2–3 Mint Leaves
- Sliced Watermelon Radish (for Garnish)
Preparation: Add all ingredients, save for the watermelon radish, to a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake and strain into a rocks glass with no ice. Garnish with sliced watermelon radish.
Created by Beverage Director Barry Smyth at Porterhouse Brew Co., New York City
- 1.5–2 oz. House-Infused Vodka*
- Strawberry Slices
- Soda Water (to Top)
- Mint Sprig (for Garnish)
Preparation: Add infused vodka to a wine glass; fill with ice and strawberry slices. Add soda water and garnish with mint sprig.
- 2 pints Strawberries
- 6–8 Mint Leaves
- 2 Limes, Chopped
- 750 ml Dingle Vodka
Preparation: Mix chopped strawberries, mint leaves, and limes in a large Mason jar (or something that can hold ingredients tightly with a lid). Add vodka all the way to the very top of the jar. Seal and keep in a cool, dark place for four days, agitating it a few times per day. Strain it through a fine mesh strainer or coffee filter a few times. This infused vodka can last for weeks.