Maintaining a low-carb diet can be tricky. Some foods are more obvious than others when asking the carb-loaded question. Alcohol is definitely up for debate. If you want to enjoy a low-carb libation, pour yourself a vodka or rum drink. Just pay close attention to your mixers.
For a distilled product that is known for its neutral taste, character and appearance, try vodka with flavorings. In the last few years, the flavored vodka market has grown extensively. Orange and citrus vodkas are the most popular flavors. Besides fruity vodkas though, they now make sweet vodkas like marshmallow, whipped cream and cotton candy flavored vodkas as well as more savory flavors such as pepper, horseradish and bacon vodka — perfect for your bloody mary!
Think of the process of making flavored vodkas as similar to the distillation of dry gin, a zero-carb spirit. During one of the distillation cycles, flavoring agents such as fruit oils or even botanicals are added to the vodka. As the mixture is heated, ethyl alcohol rises as a gaseous vapor through a still with the essence of the flavor attached to the alcohol molecules. When cooled and condensed, the vodka retains some of the induced flavoring — but without carbs.
As a general rule of thumb, flavored vodkas with a proof of 70 or above are carb free. Stick with brands such as Stoli, Smirnoff, Gorden's or Absolut, and you should be OK.
First, unflavored rum doesn't have carbs because the starting sugar is fermented. When this happens, yeast destroys the sugar and turns it into alcohol, and thus you are left with a carb-free product.
So while straight rum has zero carbs, flavored or spiced rums do contain carbs, so tread lightly. For example, Captain Morgan Parrot Bay rum contains 6.24g carbs per fluid ounce, Malibu Rum has 5.1g carbs per fluid ounce, and Bacardi O and Bacardi Razz have 3g carbs per fluid ounce.
Try these low-carb rum and low-carb flavored vodka cocktail recipes for a sweet treat without the guilt.
Move over mint, this low-carb cocktail boasts a bold basil flavor and with only 2 grams of carbs per serving!
Sip your favorite girly beverage without the carbs. This classy sipper has a gingery kick and only 2 grams of carbs per serving.
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