This keto old fashioned has the classic taste of the beloved whiskey cocktail, but it’s sugar and guilt free!
If you’re searching for how to mix healthy drinks with whiskey, then this is the perfect recipe for you — you’ll get the traditional flavor of an old fashioned while staying true to your low carb recipes lifestyle.
With tasty low carb drinks like this, you can kiss those boring low carb cocktails (*ahem* vodka soda) GOODBYEEE! Also, did I mention this is a 5 minute recipe?!
Let’s get this party started!
This keto old fashioned really does taste like the real deal! This simple cocktail recipe is one I turn to time and time again because:
- It’s quick to make
- You only need a handful of ingredients
- Whiskey is naturally carb-free
Making a keto old fashioned is super easy. There’s only a few ingredients involved, which will let the whiskey shine beautifully!
The keto old fashioned ingredients list is brief and mostly similar to the regular recipe.
- Whiskey: I like using bourbon for its rich, smooth taste. But you can also use rye, which was originally the popular choice when this cocktail was invented in the 1800s. Regardless of which you choose, it’s super important that it’s good quality whiskey. It’s the main component of the drink and a bad whiskey = a bad old fashioned.
- Angostura bitters: It’s what creates the classic flavoring of an old fashioned!
- Erythritol: Most recipes will use regular sugar, but I substitute it for powdered erythritol, my favorite healthy sweetener! Feel free to adjust the amount of erythritol in the recipe based on your own taste buds. It’s important to use powdered erythritol, as granular wont dissolve into the liquid as easily.
- Orange peel: The garnish will add a hint of citrus to freshen up the drink!
Tools To Make
You’ll need a rocks glass — If you don’t have one you can use any regular cup, but I love using a rocks glass because it completes the classy vibe.
Making a pitcher for a party is a great idea! You can mix it ahead of time and store it in the fridge until you’re ready to serve. It’ll be a crowd-pleaser, and you won’t have to be stuck bartending for everyone all evening.
Grab a sealable pitcher or bottle, mix the ingredients, and chill in the fridge! Skip the ice until you’re ready to serve.
You can experiment with the exact amount of bitters and sweetener to add. (Using the ratios from the recipe below, multiply as needed!) I would prepare the garnish ahead of time, but wait to add it in until serving the drinks.
Here are a few ways you can add your spin to this keto old fashioned:
Can I Use Other Types Of Fruit?
I love light citrus garnishes like orange peels, but when I want a more intense orange flavor, I’ll squeeze the juice from an orange slice directly into my bourbon.
Sometimes, I’ll use lemons instead for a more sour citrus kick!
Maraschino cherries are a common topping for an old fashioned, but I prefer to steer away from them because they’re generally full of sugar and preservatives.
If you’re craving an entirely fruitier drink, I’d recommend leaving the keto old fashioned for another day and shaking up a fruit-based cocktail instead! Some of my all-time favorite fruity drinks are a low carb strawberry margarita and a low carb cosmopolitan — deliciously refreshing!
What Herbs And Spices Can I Add?
Experimenting with an old fashioned might seem less conventional than, say, with a low carb margarita. But adding new herbs and spices is a fantastic way to switch things up on a classic! Plus, you can use whatever is already sitting in your spice drawer, so it’s easy-peasy!
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You can add herbs for extra zest. Mint leaves will add a nice cool tingle (like in a keto mojito). You can also try adding basil, rosemary, or lavender. Or mix in some ground cinnamon or nutmeg.
The world is your oyster! If you don’t like Angostura, or you’re fresh out, that doesn’t have to stop you from dressing up your bourbon!
Can I Make This With Vodka?
Vodka, like whiskey, has no carbs, thanks to the fermentation process of liquors. So if you’re a vodka-lover (or if it’s the only liquor you have on hand) it’s possible to make this recipe with vodka.
But keep in mind that a keto old fashioned is meant to be a minimal cocktail. It has some sweetener and a dash of flavoring, but the true star is the bourbon! So if you’re looking for some easy vodka cocktails, I would recommend making a low carb martini or keto White Russian instead…
They’re still quick and delicious, but with the spicy flair of vodka!
Keto Old Fashioned
- 1 Teaspoons Erythritol powdered
- 3 Dashes Angostura bitters
- 1 Teaspoon Water
- 1 1/2 Ounces Bourbon
- Orange Peel for garnish
- Add erythritol, bitters and water to a rocks glass, and stir until the erythritol dissolves.
- Add large ice cube to glass, along with the bourbon.
- Give cocktail a stir, garnish with orange peel, and enjoy!
Keto old fashioned tastes just as amazing as the regular stuff, except it’s even better because you’re not chugging sugar!
Of course, you should always consume alcohol in moderation, but that doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself every once in a while. Whether it’s for a solo night in or a girls’ night out, here are a few other low carb alcohol options to indulge in:
Keto old fashioned is a staple whiskey cocktail I can always rely on. Make yourself a glass as a nightcap or a whole pitcher for a party, and explore new ways to recreate this oldie but a goodie!
Let me know what you think in the comments below! Do you make yours with bourbon or rye? Did you try adding any fruits or herbs?