Most liqueurs and cordial are very high in sugar and relatively low in alcohol content compared to regular spirits. Triple sec alone has 10.9 grams of sugar per 1 fl oz! By substituting agave syrup* for sugar and orange extract for triple sec, you can greatly reduce the GI and carb count of this classic cocktail. Your taste buds won't know you've cut out all that sugar, but your body will thank you for it (as much as it could thank you for adding alcohol to your system. . . ).
Enjoy this recipe responsibly. It's a potent elixir that you're sure to want more of!
* agave nectar consists primarily of fructose and glucose, and has a much lower glycemic load than table sugar (sucrose). Because it is much sweeter than sucrose, much less is needed. It should, in fact, be considered optional in this recipe altogether!
Step 1: Ingredients
I wanted to make the measurements for this as easy as possible. By using the cap from my cocktail shaker as a measure, I've provided a basic ratio of ingredients:
- 1 jigger of tequila
- 1/2 jigger of lime juice - bottled has slightly fewer carbs, and is handy when the limes at your shop don't look so hot, but otherwise, fresh limes are way tastier
- 1 jigger of water
- A splash of orange extract
- 1 Tablespoon agave nectar (optional)
- Salt - optional