This low carb cherry lime drink is a wonderfully refreshing cocktail for a hot day. Sugar free recipe with alcohol option.
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A quick look around this site and you won't find many recipes that use cherries. Cherry tomatoes, yes, and even cherry flavor Jello! As I noted in my guide to low carb fruit, a standard serving of 5 oz cherries (approximately 21 cherries) contains 25g net carbs. Making them NOT low carb.
But a neighbor recently gave me a bag of ripe black cherries before he went off on vacation, and they were just too tempting to ignore. So I'm afraid that this recipe isn't low enough in carbohydrates for those of you on keto – but it does make a wonderful treat for anyone following a low carb or sugar free diet.
Oh, and although this drink doesn't contain alcohol – it would be easy enough to add some! I think vodka would work especially well!
First I had to work out a sensible serving size. Half a cup (75 grams or about 12 cherries) contains 8 grams of carbs according to Diet Doctor – although 77g was more like 9 cherries for me!
What I couldn't work out was whether the weight included the pit (or stone, if you prefer). Another value I found is that each cherry contains about 0.8g net carbs. So I hope that helps – I ended up using 7 black cherries in the end to keep the carbs down – but flavor up!
How to Make a Low Carb Cherry Lime Cooler
Use a cherry pitter to remove and discard the pits. Add the pitted cherries to a blender, together with lime juice, sugar free simple syrup, ice cubes, and club soda. Whizz until smooth. Note: If you're adding alcohol, add it at this stage. I'd suggest 1-2 tablespoons of vodka, gin, or rum.
Pour into a glass and garnish with wedges of lime.
- 7 black cherries, pitted
- 1 tbs lime juice
- 1 cup ice cubes
- 2 tbs homemade simple syrup
- ½ cup club soda
- 1-2 tbs vodka, optional
- Add all ingredients to a blender, and whizz until smooth.
- Pour into a glass and garnish with wedges of lime.
8g net carbs per serving (whole recipe)
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Nutrition InformationYield 1 Serving Size Whole recipe
Amount Per Serving Calories 69Total Fat 1gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 1gCholesterol 1mgSodium 63mgCarbohydrates 9gNet Carbohydrates 8gFiber 1gSugar 5gProtein 1g