The Low Carb Cocktails

New Old Fashioned–low carb version of the classic


Low Carb Cocktails 

Summer is a great time to enjoy a cocktail with friends out on the patio (or wherever you have some area to celebrate good weather). Since many cocktails are full of sugar or some type of sweetener they’ve often been off limits for carb-conscious folks, especially those with diabetes. I’m sharing low carb versions of favorite cocktails, including a version of the classic Old Fashioned that we call the New Old Fashioned, and an original rum cocktail, “Three Ships in the Harbor,” (unofficially “Three Sheets to the Wind”). In this post I feature the New Old Fashioned; the rum cocktail will follow. Note: please check with your physician or dietician to make sure that alcohol is allowed in your diet plan.

Now I’m asking you, dear, readers, to submit your own low carb cocktail recipes (hopefully in the next week), of classics, such as the Cosmopolitan, or Manhattan, or your original creations.

Add your recipes to the “comments” at the bottom of this blog post. Depending when I get your recipes, I’ll publish as many as possible in subsequent posts.

I’m excited to receive your cocktails! We’ll have a tasting–will let you know the results.

INGREDIENTS – the New Old Fashioned

  • 2 shots (1 1/2 oz. each) your favorite Blended Whiskey or Bourbon
  • Bitters- 2-4 dashes or more, depending on your taste; we try different kinds- Angostura is a standard but we also found a brand, (actually at Crate and Barrel), called “Hella Bitters” with citrus and others; plus got some cardomon plum bitters in LA – place was a bitters’ supermarket!
  • 1 tsp water (optional)
  • 2 Large orange wedges–we use at least 1/4 orange per drink. This also helps to add fiber to the drink as we eat the orange too.
  • Ice cubes


1. Fill two rocks’ glasses, (or double rocks’ glasses), with ice cubes (we use extra large cubes–one per glass-you can order these special ice trays on-line)

2. Lightly squeeze the Orange wedge in each glass. (You also have to eat the Orange; no fair just using the juice. I usually squeeze most of the juice in first to mellow out the bitters and then eat the Orange after I finish the cocktail.)

3. Add a shot of Whiskey per glass (water if you like)

4. Add the bitters to taste- try different kinds; Rick is the bitters king and uses at least 4 dashes; I like less.


Of course, check with your doctor if you’re concerned that drinking cocktails, even low carb, aren’t good for your condition.


Yummy Cocktail Spread

A variety of h’ors d’oeuvres to treat our guests

I’ve been asked to repost this snack recipe– and am doing so before I share the Lentil Veggie Soup recipe. It’s a good alternative instead of potato chips and dip for your favorite sports or movie night get together and/or for a dinner party to go with the low carb cocktails on the Happy Hour section.

This time I’ll share something a little different; not exactly a cooking recipe but suggestions when you’re planning a good time with friends and want ideas for easy to put together, delicious low carb snacks and h’ors d’oeuvres.

We enjoy entertaining and especially sharing a variety of what Rick calls “horse ovaries” to delight our guests. We include fresh hummus and a selection of veggie spears as well as goat and cow milk cheeses. This time we had goat Brie, a white goat Gouda and a cow milk aged Dutch Gouda served with fresh figs and whole grain crackers. Also a variety of olives, pickled peppers and mushrooms and cannoli beans. Plus, one of my favs, smoked oysters. It was fun to put together and a great spread!

The chips are sweet potato tortilla chips from Trader Joe’s- 17 grams of carbs in 9 chips; so that’s ok for Rick for one serving; (he’d then skip carbs if we eat dinner after this). Each person’s carb allotment, of course, depends on the individual medical situation. Ask your doctor about it if you’re concerned.

Cocktail Spread

INGREDIENTS (serves 4-6)

  • Fresh hummus (we buy it at a local Greek restaurant-or use your favorite brand-Trader Joe’s, my favorite, has many good choices)
  • 1Tbsp Olive oil- to dribble on top of the hummus if you like; then sprinkle with smoked paprika or a bit of cayenne
  • smoked oysters ( I prefer the large ones)
  • Cheeses- I suggest three- goat Gouda blanc, goat Brie, and an aged cow milk Gouda (Trader Joe’s is a great source of well-priced excellent cheese- of course, if you have a good local cheese shop go for it!)
  • Fresh figs (sliced in rounds as accents to the cheese plate)
  • Zucchini’s, carrots, red and yellow peppers, yellow squash; cut in spears to dip in the hummus
  • Assorted olives, pickled mushrooms, peppers, Cannoli beans; we buy these at a local market or use any olives and pickled foods you prefer (or not). Caution: they can be high in sodium if high blood pressure is an issue. Rick eats these but in small quantities.
  • Whole grain crackers
  • Sweet potato tortilla chips ( TJ’s again)


1. Arrange all on your coolest platters and serving dishes

2. Serve with wine or low carb cocktails — check out the Happy Hour section:

That’s it! So simple and delicious- a feast for the eyes and…!