Cranberry and Vodka Spritzer

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Regardless of what you may think, fun party cocktails aren't banned just for their keto! This Keto Orange Vodka Cranberry Spritzer is light, refreshing, and perfect to enjoy throughout the holiday season! So easy to prepare and great to entertain, this gorgeous festive cocktail can be made in a pitcher to serve a crowd or by the glass!

Hello guys! It's Emilie from Tales of a Texas Granola Girl! I can't believe it's already December and the holiday season is in full swing! Like many, this is my favorite time of year! I love to hang out and spend time with friends and family and very often that involves a cocktail! Even though I live a keto lifestyle, I do enjoy the casual drink for adults and this Orange Vodka Cranberry Spritzer is one of my vacation favorites!

At this time of year, many foods are heavy and this is an excellent drink to lighten things up. This spritzer is very easy to make and components can be pre-prepared to serve quickly! The magic of this cocktail begins with blueberries!

How to make a Keto Vodka Cranberry Spritzer

Cranberry juice is typically used to make a cranberry vodka spritzer, but since it's packed with sugar, it's definitely out of bounds for those who use keto. To get an amazing blueberry flavor in this drink, we are going to use real blueberries! Blueberries are very low in sugar and have around 12 total carbs per cup and about 7 net carbs … so completely acceptable for the keto in moderation!

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So to get an amazing cranberry flavor without the juice, let's make a cranberry gel and it couldn't be easier! Blueberries are cooked in orange peel, a little water, and a keto friendly sweetener until thick, then strain to create a blueberry gel. Not only is it a great way to get a brilliant blueberry flavor, but the color it gives the cocktail is also great! This cranberry gel can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge until party time!

One of my favorite things about this sparkling and refreshing cocktail is that it's not too sweet! After years of being keto and low carb, I have become quite sensitive to sweets, so I like to use sparkling unsweetened or slightly sweetened sparkling water in this cocktail. That said, if the sweetest thing is your thing, you can also use any sugar-free soda you like, the ginger ale or lemon-lime soda would be great and kid-friendly too!

Make an alcohol-free version of Vodka Cranberry Spritzer

An alcohol-free version of this blueberry spritzer couldn't be simpler! Just skip the vodka and fill with more sparkling water or soda of your choice!

Change the flavor combinations of Cranberry Spritzer vodka

This Cranberry Spritzer Cocktail is very versatile! You can use your favorite sparkling or flavored sparkling water in this drink with delicious results. Large, unsweetened or slightly sweetened keto flavored waters are widely available in stores and are the perfect way to change the flavors of this Cranberry Vodka Spritzerup a bit. I love using orange flavored water to amplify that blueberry-orange holiday combination. Here are some other flavors that would be fantastic!

  • Raspberry Cran
  • Tangerine
  • Tangerine
  • Mango
  • Grapefruit

This Keto Orange Cranberry Vodka Spritzer is as gorgeous as it is delicious and great to serve after a great Christmas meal or as a light choice for your festive cocktail. Turn them into a pitcher at a time to easily serve them to guests and don't forget to decorate for an extra festive touch!

Looking for more keto friendly vacation treats. Come check out some of my holiday season favorites!

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Cranberry Spritzer and Orange Vodka

Keto Cranberry and Orange Vodka Spritzers are gorgeous as they are delicious and great to serve after a big holiday meal or as a light choice for your festive cocktail.

Preparation time: 5 minutes.

Cook time: 10 minutes.

Total time: 15 minutes

Course: drink

American kitchen

Servings: 8

Calories: 119kcal

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces fresh washed blueberries

  • 3/4 cup monkfruit / erythritol mix sweetener or your choice 1: 1 sweetener

  • 1 cup of water

  • 1/2 naval orange peel

  • Pinch ground cloves

  • 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

  • 12 ounces vodka

  • 48 oz. Sparkling water of choice, flavored or simply chilled

  • Ice

Garnish: fresh blueberries and orange peel

Instructions

To make the cranberry gel:

  • In a saucepan, combine blueberries, sweetener, water, orange peel, and cloves. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until thick, stirring frequently and separating the blueberries while the mixture is cooking.

  • Strain the blueberry mixture into a bowl with a mesh strainer and allow to cool. At this point, the cranberry gel can be refrigerated for later.

To make the Cranberry Orange Vodka Spritzer by the glass:

  • In a glass, combine 2 tablespoons of cranberry gel with about 1 teaspoon of lemon juice and 1 1/2 oz. of vodka Stir to combine. Pour into 4-6 oz. of sparkling water and stir. Finish with ice and decorate with blueberries and orange peel.

To make the Cranberry Orange Vodka Spritzer with the pitcher

  • In a large jug, combine the cranberry gel, lemon juice, and vodka and stir to combine. Fill with sparkling water just before serving. Float some fresh blueberries and orange peel to decorate and serve on ice.

Notes

Alcohol-free version of Vodka Cranberry Spritzer: Skip the vodka and filling with more sparkling water or soft drinks of your choice!

Nutrition

Calories: 119kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 38mg | Potassium: 41mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 25 IU | Vitamin C: 7.8mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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