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Low Carb Red Currant Aperitif (Keto Red Currant Liqueur)
It’s summer and we are all surrounded by tasty and healthy natural food – loads of fresh produce, all kinds of veggies packed with essential nutrients, and delicious fruits supplying our bodies with fiber and vitamins!
And it’s all well and good, but as we approach the fall, we start to realize that all this wonderful abundance will come to an end. Now we have the perfect opportunity to preserve some of this goodness for the cold months ahead!
And, of course, I wish to make this process as healthy as possible and suitable for almost all weight management diet plans out there! Here are a couple of yummy winter preserves you can start preparing right now which are low carb and diet friendly:
So, today I would like to show you one of my most favorite summer delights – a very easy and simple low carb red currant digestif! This is a type of homemade sweet liqueur you can prepare at home and enjoy throughout the next 12 months (if it even survives that long, because it is absolutely delicious!).
You may have heard of the original version of this recipe, but unfortunately it is jam-packed with sugar! So, I decided to make my own variation which is much more suitable to the HFLC diet plan and for those who try to manage their weight with fewer carbs in their daily menus.
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As far as the discussion whether alcohol is keto-friendly goes, I think it is a personal decision. If you have lots of extra weight to lose, it is probably better to keep away from all types of liquor for the time being. Or at least keep the dosages super small.
If you are happy with your progress and you are just looking for healthier options for your favorite cocktails and adult beverages, this sugar free red currant liqueur might be just for you!
Before we move on to the recipe, I would like to make a quick note, a gentle reminder or a disclaimer if you will! This low carb red currant syrup contains alcohol and it is not suitable for pregnant or breastfeeding women, small children or people who take any medications which may interact with the liquor. Should you have any health conditions or take any pharmaceuticals, consult with your doctor before consuming this beverage!
Now that we got this warning out of the way, let’s see what ingredients are necessary for you to make this delicious boozy liquid!
How to make a LCHF red currant aperitif?
You will need the following:
Fresh red currant (duh! 😀 ) – if you do not have this precious ingredient, no worries! Feel free to substitute and experiment with every low carb fruit you have at your disposal – strawberries, raspberries, blueberries, etc. I believe you can actually even use pitted cherries or sour cherries (just like the original version), since we are only going to use their flavor, not the juice or the flesh of the fruits which contain most of the sugar;
Vodka – this type of liquor is best when preparing homemade sweet liqueurs because it lacks any flavors, but you can use any type of food grade alcohol as long as it does not contain added sugar (brandy, rum, whiskey, etc.);
Low carb sweetener – I personally used erythritol, but you can substitute with xylitol, monk fruit, stevia, etc. Or you can make your own mix of sweeteners just like the store bought Swerve. Making a mix could be a wise decision because stevia has a slight bitter aftertaste while fruit alcohols can cause some tummy problems, if consumed in large quantities. So, stay safe and be careful!
These are the main ingredients and you can check the exact measurements and directions in the recipe card below!
Also, feel free to experiment with additional aromas like cinnamon, clove buds, nutmeg, star anise, etc. This could make your sugar free red currant digestif very unique and something to really be proud of in every family or friendly gathering!
Note: as soon as you are done with making your sweet liqueur, make sure you keep the “drunken” fruits and use them in a different recipe. For example, they can be the perfect addition to your cocktails (instead of the usual cocktail cherries which are packed with white sugar!); you can add them to your favorite bundt cake or simply cover them with homemade dark chocolate and surprise your guests with some delicious boozy chocolate candies! Yum!
How to consume keto red currant cordial?
First of all, I will remind you to drink responsibly and keep the dosages small!
Also, this recipe could be the perfect topping! Just grab some homemade or store-bought keto-approved ice cream and combine with this boozy deliciousness to add some fruity flavor!
The options are endless! What is your favorite way to consume this yummy liqueur? Let me know in the comment section below! I am always looking for new ideas! J
Okey-dokey, here’s the recipe!
Nutritional stats from my favorite FREE online calculator Cronometer:
Keep in mind that the nutritional info is not 100% accurate because it contains the pulp and the juice of the fruits. So, the exact number of net carbs will be a bit lower than the one in the card below created by Cronometer! 😉
Cheers and consume responsibly!
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Enjoy my other gluten-free and low carb recipes below:
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‘Till next time!