I’ve had to adjust my cocktail habits to fit my low-carb lifestyle. No more sticky sweet, juice filled, Triple Sec laden drinks. I have found a pretty amazing low-carb recipe for cosmos (using sugar-free cranberry juice, orange extract, and liquid Stevia drops) but I’m trying to explore drinks with fewer ingredients and ween myself off the sweeter stuff.
My recent discovery is a Mandarin Orange Vodka Martini. Just 3 parts Mandarin Orange Vodka, 1 part dry vermouth, shaken over ice. That’s it.
Once I stop eating carbs (well, most carbs) my palate changes and I start to taste natural flavors and sweetness in things I never did before. Now, I can really taste the mandarin orange flavor in the vodka and the vaguest sweetness from the dry vermouth. This cocktail would have tasted so differently to me two months ago, and I likely would not have enjoyed it. Now, it’s my go to cocktail. (I’m only allowing myself one cocktail at a time, only a couple times a week, while I’m recovering.)
I’ll have to try this with some of my other flavored vodkas (lime, pear, raspberry, citron, and watermelon) to see if I like it as much.