Today I'm going to share my recipe for a Keto Lemon Drop Martini. And I have to admit, never have I so enjoyed developing a recipe. I developed the heck out of these cocktails last night.
But let’s start with the basics: What is a lemon drop martini?
A lemon drop martini is a vodka-based cocktail that has a lemony, sweet and sour flavor. It’s a fruity take on a classic martini. The ingredients are vodka, lemon juice, triple sec and simple syrup. It is usually prepared and served straight up – chilled with ice and strained.
But simple syrup and triple sec are decidedly Keto un-friendly so here is the work around for these Keto Lemon Drop Martinis.
We’ll mimic the sweet ingredients using lemon juice, cranberries and sugar free erythritol sweetener. It took me a few iterations to find the right balance. Like I said, I did a LOT of taste testing.
And here are the cranberry and lemon rind garnishes I came up with.
I threaded the ingredients onto wooden skewers to give them a nice vertical effect. I went for just visual garnishes, but if you want to make the cranberries edible, then you can roll them in sugar-free sweetener. You can also rim the glass with sweetener, if you like.
Now, you are going to need cranberries for this cocktail, so make sure to pick up some extra bags while they are in season around Thanksgiving.
You can keep them in the freezer until you are ready to use them. But, let's say that you missed your window and don't have cranberries. My advice is just to add a few drops of red food coloring. The lemon flavor is so good on it's own, that no one will be the wiser.
So whether you are making it, or faking it, this Keto Lemon Drop Martini is sure to be a hit.
It would make a great signature holiday cocktail or a trusty old stand-by drink. Just remember to label it as alcoholic, because it is so easy to drink, your guests might not know it's got booze in it. Don't be like me with my unmarked Thanksgiving cocktails one year. Everyone remembers when my kid took a big drink and said, "That is NOT fruit punch!". Mom of the Year, right here.
Keto Lemon Drop Martini
These Keto Lemon Drop Martinis are lovely sugar free holiday cocktails with only 1g carbs per glass.
- Prep Time: 5
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 3 cocktails 1x
- Category: Drink
- Cuisine: American
2 cups cold water
1 ½ lemons, cut into ¼ inch rounds
1 ½ cups fresh cranberries
½ cup plus 1 tablespoon Confectioner’s Swerve
¾ cup (6 oz) vodka
1 cup ice cubes
- Add water, lemon slices and cranberries to a medium sized bowl.
- Muddle the fruit until the juices and oils have been released.
- Dissolve the powdered sweetener into the liquid.
- Add the vodka.
- Add the ice and stir until chilled.
- Pour the liquid through a sieve into 3 cocktail glasses.
- For garnishes, you can thread a wooden skewer with cranberries or a mix of a lemon rind and cranberries.
The recipe above is for 3 cocktails. If you just want to make one, then use the following ingredients:
½ cup ice cubes
⅔ cup cold water
3 tablespoons Confectioner's Swerve
½ cup fresh cranberries
½ lemon, cut into ¼ inch rounds
¼ cup (2 oz) vodka
- Calories: 132
- Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 1
- Fiber: 0
- Protein: <1
Keywords: Low Carb Lemon Drop Cocktail, Keto Lemon Drop Cocktail, Sugar-Free Lemon Drop Cocktail
If you liked this low carb cocktail, then you might like my recipes for Bloody Marys or Whiskey Sours.