This spooky low-carb cocktail is perfect for Halloween! I used homemade blackberry juice and substituted the commonly used simple syrup with powdered Erythritol added to the blackberry juice. There are other options you can try:
. Skip the powdered sweetener in the blackberry juice and make your own simple syrup like in this Spicy Low-Carb Margarita. The only drawback of making simple syrup this way is that it may partially crystallise once it’s chilled.
. You could use NuNaturals Simple Syrup. Apart from plain simple syrup, it’s available in several different flavours such as Ginger Syrup which worked wonderfully in my Keto Ginger & Rhubarb Creamsicles. Just remember to use the recommended amount as too much would make your cocktail way too sweet.
. Lastly, you can just use a few drops of stevia. NuNaturals are my favourite as they don’t taste bitter.
Hands-on 10 minutes Overall 30 minutes
Nutritional values (per cocktail)
Total Carbs 5.7 grams
Fiber 1 grams
Net Carbs 4.7 grams
Protein 1.1 grams
Fat 0.4 grams
of which Saturated 0 grams
Calories 166 kcal
Magnesium 17 mg (4% RDA)
Potassium 135 mg (7% EMR)
Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (71%), protein (16%), fat (13%)
Ingredients – makes 1 coctails
Homemade Blackberry Juice:
450 g fresh or frozen blackberries (1 lb)
1/4 cup lime or lemon juice (1-2 pieces)
1 cup water (240 ml/ 8 fl oz)
1/2 cup powdered Erythritol or Swerve (80 g/ 2.8 oz)
Note: Recipe makes about 2 1/4 cups (530 ml/ 18 fl oz) blackberry juice. This will be enough for 6 cocktails. Fibre is counted partially (25%) as most of the pulp and seeds are discarded.
90 ml homemade blackberry juice (3 fl oz)
1/4 cup vodka (60 ml/ 2 fl oz)
Optional: sparkling water (soda water) to top up
Optional: acai powder or freeze-dried berry powder mixed with granulated Erythritol, and fresh blackberries for decoration
1. Place the blackberries in a saucepan.
2. Add the lime juice and water. Bring to a boil over a medium heat. Boil for 3-5 minutes.
3. Once softened, mash the blackberries using a fork.
4. Pour through a fine mesh sieve and using a spoon, press the blackberries through so that only the skins and seeds remain in the sieve.
5. Pour into a jar. The juice should be quite thick, almost the consistency of syrup.
6. Add the powdered Erythritol and mix until combined. Let it cool and refrigerate until ready. The juice will keep refrigerated for up to 5 days.
7. To serve, optionally decorate your cocktail glasses by dipping the rims in water and then in a mixture of acai powder (or any berry powder). Fill each glass with ice and pour in the vodka.
8. Add the sweetened blackberry juice.
9. Decorate with more fresh blackberries or mint leaves and serve.