Happy hour is back with this Low Carb Negroni recipe. Serving up this fine cocktail is easy to make and a tasty aperitif with only 3 grams of carbs.
A perfect way to wake up those taste buds before a meal. Enjoy this keto cocktail on the rocks made with a twist to give you all the classic negroni flavours but without all the sugar.
What does low carb negroni taste like?
Negroni has been described to taste like cherry, wine and citrus mixed in a cocktail over ice.
A classic italian negroni is typically made with gin, campari and sweet vermouth and tips the scales at around 12 grams of carbs per drink.
The secret to keeping this low carb without losing the flavours of a classic negroni is using organic pomegranate juice instead of campari and sweet vermouth.
Coupled with a few dashes of bitters and gin gives all the sweet and herb flavours similar to a negroni.
This low carb keto negroni is simply made with gin, pomegranate juice, bitters and water.
- Gin: the herbal gin has a pine like taste with hints of citrus, cardamom and coriander
- Pomegranate Juice: only an ounce of organic pomegranate juice was used in this recipe to keep it as clean as possible without compromising on taste.
- Water: distilled or sparkling water or club soda can be used for this keto friendly negroni recipe.
- Bitters: angostura bitters are spirits infused with botanicals (herbs and spices) used to flavour this low carb cocktail.
Step by step instructions
How to make a low carb negroni?
A classic negroni is poured over ice but we used a shaker first to combine the ingredients and then poured it over ice.
- STEP 1: Fill a shaker partway with ice
- STEP 2: Pour the gin, pomegranate juice, water and bitters into the shaker
- STEP 3: Shake for 30 seconds and then pour into a lowball or old fashioned whiskey glass over ice and garnish with an orange twist.
Organic Pomegranate: organic pomegranate is usually made with cleaner ingredients and without any add sugar. If you can find sugar free pomegranate skinny syrup that would also work in this recipe.
Serving: garnish with an orange twist and you can even rub the rim with the orange twist for more flavour. Negroni's are most often served as a palate cleanser before a meal but I like to enjoy them with a side of something salty like nuts or pork rinds.
This exquisite low carb negroni is a great cocktail as is but there are many variations. Here are just a few:
- Wine Negroni - usually called a Negroni Sbagliato (wrong) use wine instead of any gin in this recipe.
- Whiskey Negroni - swap the gin with whisky for a Boulevardier Negroni.
- Sparkling Negroni - add more bubbles with a sparkling wine or champagne.
Frequently asked questions
This low carb cocktail recipe contains 3g of carbs per serving and therefore may fit into your daily macros of a ketogenic diet. However, a word of caution as some people find alcohol may stall progress for some people.
Myself personally, I can drink in moderation and continue to manage my blood sugars. If you are trying to lose weight alcohol can stall your progress. Having a couple of low carb drinks for myself don't usually spike my blood sugars. I suggest you check your blood sugars in order to see how it affects you as everyone is different.
Bitters add a layer of complexity, intensifies the flavors while decreasing the harshness of alcohol.
The negroni has a confusing history. This article at CN Traveller provides a good look into the details.
Low Carb Negroni
- Add ice partway in a cocktail shaker
- Add the gin, pomegranate juice, water and bitters to the shaker and shake for about 30 seconds.
- Pour over ice and garnish with an orange twist.
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