Hold the phone! After I made this low carb vodka drink, I decided on my "Summer Cocktail" (insert a loud CLINK here)... Homemade Low Carb Lime Vodka Coolers!
The best part about this low carb vodka drink recipe
If you are watching your carbs or sugar, it is totally customizable! Make these Homemade Lime Vodka Coolers as sweet or as light as you want. Win!! Think about it, store-bought coolers have 37-48 grams of carbs in them, plus some sort of preservatives, like sodium. You making them yourself is low carb plus you know exactly what you put into it. You can enjoy without the guilt!
These Homemade Low Carb Vodka Lime Coolers are delicious, refreshing and easy to prep, when you are ready.
Have you ever gone to the liquor store not knowing exactly what you want? Maybe you look around at wine or Bourbon, try to see if the labels say anything indicating taste: is it dry, is it sweet, do people like it, etc? You look for the random cards that cling onto some shelves with just a little bit of information? Well, I have, and I always feel pressure to move out of someone's way as well as make a decision and get out of there. With this recipe, you know to just grab the vodka and then follow below!
Quick, easy, and all in one place. You look, read, select and then before you know it, it's at your door!
Expert Tips for the Best Low Carb Vodka Drink
The key to this delicious-tasting refreshing Homemade Low Carb Vodka Cooler with Lime is the fresh limes and good vodka. You want to "supreme" your limes, which means cut the skin off (and the pith) and pop out each lime segment. Check out this video on how to supreme limes. You'll be supreming limes like a professional chef in no time! It's easy!
Here is an image of my lime part-through
After the skin and pith are off, simply pop out the segments, yum!! Plop 2 or 3 segments into each glass you will be using and muddle them (with a muddler or wooden spoon), you want them broken down into a pulp.
Squeeze any excess juice from what is left of your lime/limes, get every drop...even from the skins, and set aside a mason jar full of lime juice...So you can make LOTS of these coolers!
Vodka Cooler Ingredients
You are going to be blown away by how few ingredients it takes to make these coolers and HOW QUICK you can make them! Most of the ingredients are probably on hand at your house right now so whip one of these delicious low carb alcohol coolers up and enjoy!
How are these vodka coolers low carb you ask?
Well, there are 774 calories and 200 carbs in a cup of white sugar.
There are zero calories and carbs in a cup of water.
When you make your simple syrup, the yield should be 22 TBS...SO each TBS of syrup you add to your cooler has just 36 calories and 9 carbs. The lime, the ice, and the seltzer...zero. Even if you use 2 TBS in your cooler, you are looking at 18 carbs vs the typical store-bought cooler which has 38-48 carbs. Learn more about the nutritional values in vodka.
Not too shabby! So even if you are looking for ways to reduce your carbs or sugar a bit, try these!
I almost always have plain or flavored homemade simple syrup in my fridge. It makes the best lemonade! Plus I add it to a variety of homemade cocktails.
I hope you try out my scrumptious Homemade Low Carb Lime Vodka Coolers and let me know how much you enjoyed them!
Other Favorite Vodka Cocktail Recipes
I have a lot of cocktails on the website. You can see a bunch of them by going to this cocktail recipe selection. But below are some of my favorites made with vodka!
- Watermelon & Lime Vodka Cocktail - If you are big watermelon fan like I am, you need to try this one!
- Blood Orange Rosemary Vodka Cocktail - This is a quick drink to make that's packed with flavor!.
Homemade Low Carb Lime Vodka Coolers
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup sugar
- To assemble 1 drink I use 1 TBS Lime juice plus the pulp 3 oz vodka, 1 ½ TBS -2 TBS of simple syrup. However make it the way you will enjoy it.
- Make your simple syrup by combining 1 cup water with 1 cup sugar. Heat the mixture just until all sugar is melted (no granules remain) and liquid is cloudy-clear, Doing let it boil (you will lose some via evaporation and allow the mixture to contain more sugar).
- Allow mixture to cool to room temp, then store in fridge is a sealed jar for up to 3 weeks. This should yield between 1 ½ cups and 1 ¾ cups...so 22 TBS worth.
- When ready to assemble coolers, first you want to supreme the limes. Like I described above. Once you have your limes cut into segments, place 2-3 segments in each glass and muddle them (with a muddler or wooden spoon). Get them all broken down, so you have pulp floating around your cocktail, yum!
- Fill the glass with as much ice as you like, then vodka, then 1 ½-3 TBS simple syrup (depends on the size glass you use and your preference for sweet).
- Top with seltzer, garnish with a lime slice and maybe a few thin shards of lime skin in the glass and enjoy!!
Since I am not a Registered Dietitian or Nutritionist, I use a WordPress plug-in to calculate the nutritional information provided in the recipe card.