Low-Carb Cranberry Vodka Spritzer

This low-carb cranberry vodka spritzer is a wonderfully refreshing drink for any time of the year. It’s light, bubbly, and delicious!

Low-Carb Cranberry Vodka Spritzer

WHAT IS A SPRITZER?

A spritzer is a chilled alcoholic beverage usually made with white wine. The addition of a carbonation such as soda water, mineral water, or sparkling water gives it its official “spritzer” name.

Loosely, any alcoholic drink that utilizes carbonated water as a main ingredient can be called a spritzer. There are many variations of spritzer drinks.

In the United States, there are even non-alcoholic drinks that are marketed as spritzers, but are simply carbonated juices instead.

If you’re looking to make this refreshing drink, but would like to make it non-alcoholic, read on below for further information.

LOW-CARB CRANBERRY VODKA SPRITZER INGREDIENTS

To make this bubbly concoction, you’ll need to grab the following ingredients. Those ingredients are:

After you’ve rounded these ingredients up, read on below about how to make this deliciously refreshing drink!

HOW TO MAKE A LOW-CARB CRANBERRY VODKA SPRITZER

Begin by combining the cranberries and tap water in a food processor or high-speed blender. Blend/process the mixture until smooth.

Next, stir the powdered erythritol and pureed cranberries together to sweeten the blended mixture.

Place 1/4 cup of the cranberry mixture (remember, the recipe is enough to make three drinks worth) into a glass and add 1 oz of vodka. If you’d like to add more than an ounce of vodka, feel free.

Add sparking water, to taste/consistency. Then, add desired amount of ice.

Sip and enjoy!

Low-Carb Cranberry Vodka Spritzer

ARE CRANBERRIES REALLY LOW-CARB?

Before we answer this question, let’s take a look at some nifty cranberry information first.

  • Cranberries grow on plants that are considered shrubs, much like several other berry species
  • 98% of the cranberries produced in the world come from the United States, Canada, and Chile
  • Cranberries are most commonly processed into juice, sauces, jams/jellies, and dried sweetened cranberries
  • One of the most popular uses for cranberries is cranberry sauce, the popular side at both Thanksgiving and Christmas in the US

So why exactly does any of that matter? Well, first, some facts are never a bad thing. Secondly, two of the four points above help perpetuate a misconception about cranberries.

Most people think cranberries are full of sugar simply because almost all products that use cranberries are full of added sugar. Even dried cranberries have extra sugar to make them “better.”

But in reality, cranberries are one of the berries that are lower in carbs than others. In fact, cranberries have 12g of carbohydrates and 4g of dietary fiber per cup.

Depending on how you count carbs (net versus total; remember, here at Better Than Bread Keto, we base everything off net) this is still not a lot of carbs, depending on how you are using the cranberries.

For instance, this recipe uses 1/4 cup of cranberry “sludge” per drink. Per the calculations above, that would be right around 3g of carbohydrates per drink.

Keep in mind, there are no carbs in vodka, sparkling water, or erythritol. Essentially the few carbs in this drink are from the cranberries. However, if you compare this to most alcoholic drinks, it is quite low-carb.

So, in conclusion… Are cranberries low-carb? By our standards, yes they are.

Low-Carb Cranberry Vodka Spritzer

CHOOSING THE RIGHT VODKA

Choosing a good vodka is imperative to creating a delicious cocktail. Not sure where to start with the seemingly endless vodka choices?

Here are some tidbits of info to get you started.

FLAVORED VODKA = BAD IDEA

To start, steer clear of any flavored vodka you may see in your local liquor store. Flavored vodkas sound good in theory, especially when the flavor compliments the flavor of the drink.

However, flavored vodkas contain a plethora of added ingredients, along with the one ingredient you are trying to steer clear of; sugar.

To put this into perspective, 1 fluid ounce of regular vodka (no flavoring) has 0g of carbohydrates. Flavored vodka however, has 18g of carbohydrates per fluid ounce.

Quite a huge difference!

COST CAN DETERMINE QUALITY

Just because a vodka is cheap doesn’t mean it will taste the same as a higher-priced counterpart.

As with most things in the food spectrum, higher prices can in fact bring better taste.

Liquors that are described as “top shelf” are higher in price, but also higher in quality. Often, they are described as having a smoother texture and taste.

If you are aiming for the highest quality drink possible, consider upgrading your vodka. However, there are some decent vodka brands that are not only on the cheaper side, they are also amazingly affordable.

ORIGIN CAN AFFECT TASTE, TOO

Believe it or not, the country of origin can have an effect on the overall taste and quality of your vodka.

For the longest time Russia was considered the king of vodka. While this still holds true, many new distilleries around the world are producing excellent vodka.

While I am not saying smaller distilleries or countries can’t make great vodka, it is certainly safe to look for brands from more well-known distilleries or countries.

Low-Carb Cranberry Vodka Spritzer

TOOLS TO MAKE A CRANBERRY VODKA SPRITZER

Click on the links to see the items used in making this recipe. You can also find these products linked in the recipe below.

  • High-Speed Blender – A high-speed blender can make all kinds of mixtures that require mixing or blending so much easier. If you haven’t invested in one yet, there’s no time like the present. Similarly, a new blender isn’t necessary. If you have that old blender in the cabinet you’ve had since your college days, it will do just fine as well.
  • Food Processor – For this recipe, using either a food processor or high-speed blender is a necessity. While they are both made for different jobs, they can easily be interchanged in a variety of ways. Don’t have a food processor? It’s time to change that, for sure!
Low-Carb Cranberry Vodka Spritzer

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Low-Carb Cranberry Vodka Spritzer

Low-Carb Cranberry Vodka Spritzer

Yield: 3 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

This low-carb cranberry vodka spritzer is a wonderfully refreshing drink for any time of the year. It's light, bubbly, and delicious!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Combine the cranberries and tap water into a food processor or high-speed blender
  2. Blend/process the mixture until smooth
  3. Stir the powdered erythritol and pureed cranberries together
  4. Place 1/4 cup of the cranberry mixture into a glass and add 1 oz of vodka
  5. Add sparking water, to taste
  6. Add desired amount of ice
  7. Sip and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information
Yield 3 Serving Size 1 drink
Amount Per ServingCalories 78 Total Fat 0g Saturated Fat 0g Trans Fat 0g Unsaturated Fat 0g Cholesterol 0mg Sodium 0mg Carbohydrates 3g Protein 0g
Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from an online food databse. All carbohydrate counts are calculated as net carbs instead of total. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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