Does anyone have some good cocktail recipes ?????

By MarkS Latest Reply 2014-06-05 11:03:40 -0500
Started 2011-05-31 11:50:11 -0500

Okay, I know that diabetics need to drink alcohol with the understanding that it will affect one's blood sugar by dropping it. That being said, I enjoy a cocktail or two and know how to adjust my insulin accordingly. So, that being said, I'm looking specifically for a margarita recipe that is not exceedingly sweet (in the past I've used the Jose Cuervo mix but its made with high fructose corn syrup and I'm trying to avoid this concentrated sweetener in all products that I purchase). I play around with different ingredients and concoctions in addition to the base of tequila and cointreau with a splash of gran marnier but am looking for the 'perfect' excipients (to coin a pharmaceutical phrase) as in lime, etc. Can anyone hlpp? Also, if anyone has any other cocktail recipes that are 'must try' would you mind sharing? I'm always looking to add to my mixology repertoire!

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MixDrinkRepeat 2014-06-05 11:03:40 -0500 Report

I've developed a website specifically dedicated to this. Almost all of my recipes are completely no-carb, no sugar and taste almost exactly like the real thing! Give it a look, if you like. I've got over 75 recipes so far, many of which involve making your own liqueurs or cordials (all sugar free, of course). Let me know what you think!

MarkS 2011-06-09 09:59:22 -0500 Report

I just found a great low-calorie, no sugar margarita recipe. And its the best recipe I've found for a sugar-free margarita so far (but my search continues for the perfect margarita - so little time, so many recipe challenges!). So here it is:

1 packet of Crystal Light Citrus Splash or Lemonade
16 oz. cold water
12 oz. Tequila (100% blue agave; I prefer the anejo)
6 oz. Gran Marnier or Patron Citronge or another orange liqueur (I prefer the Patron)
Juice from a whole lime (about 1 oz. or so)

Directions: To a festive pitcher add the cold water followed by the crystal light; mix. Add the tequila, orange liqueur, and the lime juice; mix. Add ice as desired. Salt rim of glass if desired.

Calories: Approximately 120 in a 3 oz. drink (tequila ~70 calories; orange liqueur ~50 calories; lime juice: negligible calories). Since most margarita glasses are about 10 ounces, a sugar-free margarita is about 400 calories compared to a regular margarita at about 740 calories. (I hope my math is correct or at least reasonably so!)

MarkS 2011-06-02 07:25:17 -0500 Report

Thanks, edvel54 - I checked out the Crystal Light site (Kraft foods). It does provide some ideas. Have a great day!

edvel54 2011-06-01 18:14:45 -0500 Report

Crystal Light has come out with a new drink product called Mocktails. It has 3 flavors Margarita, Mojito, and Appletini. Maybe try these and add your liquor

MarkS 2011-06-01 07:12:39 -0500 Report

Thank you so much CaliKo and edvel54. All I can say is I will be trying these and keep 'em coming! Its summer and time to sit out on the patio and enjoy the weather, the sun, and a cocktail!

edvel54 2011-05-31 18:42:08 -0500 Report

Sugar Free Hurricane Cocktail

6 Ounces of Crystal Light Fruit Punch
2 Ounces of Rum
Sir to combine and serve over ice.
Sugar Free Strawberry Daiquiri
1 Packet of Strawberry Kool-Aid
1 Cup of Splenda

Make the Kool-Aid like you normally would; just substitute Splenda for the sugar. Pour the mixed Kool-Aid into ice cube trays. Stick them in the freezer until they are completely frozen.

To make the sugar free daiquiris pop the strawberry Kool-Aid cubes into your blender. Top off with some rum and blend. I generally use about 10 cubes per 1 ounce of rum. This is a great low calorie alternative to a traditional daiquiri. If you are doing a low carb diet you could even mix up some whip cream with Splenda and put some on top of this drink like they do in restaurants. Whip cream has 0 carbs and is sugar free.

Happy Drinking

edvel54 2011-05-31 18:39:44 -0500 Report

1 ounce Raspberry Vodka
1 ounce Vodka
Crystal Light Lemonade
Splash of Raspberry Crystal Light

edvel54 2011-05-31 18:36:42 -0500 Report

Low Carb Margarita Mix

1 1/2 cups lime juice (bottled is fine)
1/2 cup lemon juice (ditto)
1 1/2 cups Splenda
2 cups water
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon orange extract (

Just put everything through the blender for a minute, and pour into a
clean liter/quart sized bottle. Refrigerate until use. To make a
margarita, combine 2 ounces tequila with about 6-8 ounces margarita mix,
and either put it through the blender with lots of ice, or simply serve
it on the rocks.

GabbyPA 2011-05-31 22:56:06 -0500 Report

Ok Edvel54...are you a bartender? LOL
These sound great. It is the mixed drinks that can really mess us up, so these are great. Have you posted them in our Recipe section? That would be great if you would do that.

CaliKo 2011-05-31 12:40:02 -0500 Report

I typically drink wine when I drink, but I do have a cocktail recipe book, and this is their version of a Margarita:
1-1/2 ounces tequila
1/2 ounce Triple Sec (2 g carbs) or Curacao (3 g carbs)
1/2 ounce lemon or lime juice (1 g carb)
Shake with ice and pour into prepared glass.
To prepare glass, rub rim with lemon peel then dip in to salt, shaking off excess.

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