If you’re trying out the keto diet, you’re on the right path to lose those extra pounds and get back into shape, but you’re in for a struggle.
If you don’t know what the ketogenic diet is, let me tell you quickly what’s it about. When we don’t eat carbs for a while, mostly found in bread and sugar, our body looks for alternative energy sources, and it finds them in the fat stored in our bellies.
You stay energized by feasting on proteins and fat, which makes this one a pretty attractive diet. What other dietary philosophy allows you to feast on steak?
The problem is that you end up missing your sweets. When it comes to cocktails, it’s even worse. Most cocktails are sugary concoctions, and they’re a big no-no for keto.
So how can you make a low carb espresso martini to enjoy while on a keto diet?
Beer and alcohol have many more carbs than spirits. This means that vodka offers almost zero carbs. Even the strictest keto diets allow a bit of alcohol, so you can enjoy 1.5 ounces of vodka guilt-free.
Then there’s the flavoring. A good espresso martini is made with both freshly brewed espresso and coffee liqueur, but liqueurs are packed with sugar, so we’ll leave the liqueur out of the equation. A good shot of dark-roast Robusta blend will be enough to give a smoky, charred flavor to our martini; you won’t even miss the artificially flavored liqueurs.
For a proper keto sweetener, the solution is obvious, monk fruit extract. Monk fruit is up to 200 times sweeter than regular sugar, so be careful here. I suggest you get a 1:1 monk fruit-based sweetener. But if you’re into keto, I’m sure you know all this.
Now we have the booze, the coffee, and the sweetener—all the ingredients for a perfect keto espresso martini. For a garnish, I enjoy floating a few roasted coffee beans over the foamy crema that forms after shaking the cocktail.
Let’s make these guilt-free martinis and raise our glasses for a healthier lifestyle. Who needs carbs, anyway?
Brew your espresso and let it cool.
Add ice to a martini stemmed glass.
In a cocktail shaker add ice, the vodka, the monk fruit extract and the cooled down coffee.
Throw away the ice in the glass.
Pour the martini into the glass and garnish with two whole-roasted coffee beans.