Sugar Free Raspberry Mint Julep

Briana

Briana

This Sugar Free Raspberry Mint Julep is a spin on a classic bourbon cocktail that packs a boozy punch with a lovely raspberry flavor. This easy to make cocktail includes just a few simple ingredients. You don’t even need a cocktail shaker. This drink is only 1 net carb per serving, perfect for a low carb or keto diet. Make this with sugar free simple syrup, fresh raspberries, fresh mint, bourbon whiskey & some bitters if you like!


raspberry mint julep with mint and raspberries in the background

Here’s What You Need For This Sugar Free Raspberry Mint Julep:​

Ingredients:

  • 4-5 mint leaves (leaves only, no sprigs) + whole mint sprig for garnish
  • 4-5 raspberries + more for garnish
  • 1/4 tsp Angosturra bitters (optional)
  • 2 ounces bourbon whiskey of choice
  • 1/2 – 1 ounce homemade sugar free simple syrup, or to taste  
  • Ice
  • Top with sparkling water or soda water of choice (we used some La Croix)
two raspberry cocktails with mint leaves a grey napkin and a bar spoon

Recipe Notes:

This drink was inspired by a classic drink that people enjoy at the Kentucky Derby. Here’s a few things that are different about ours.

Ice: For a classic mint julep, you would use crushed ice. We realized after we had done the photo shoot that this was one thing that was missing from a traditional mint julep type recipe. If you have the time, try it. We must say, it really does make the drink taste better!

Raspberries: Feel free to use fresh or frozen raspberries in this recipe. This is definitely not a tradition ingredient, but we thought this flavor was too good not to incorporate into this twist on the classic!

Simple Syrup: We have many recipes that include a sugar free simple syrup. It’s honestly incredibly easy to make, as long as you have allulose sweetener. Allulose is a rare form of sugar that does not affect your blood sugar. It acts and tastes just like sugar, with the exception of it being slightly less sweet than sugar. When we make a batch of sugar free simple syrup, we generally add 1 and 1/4 cup of allulose for every 1 cup of water, to make the sweetness level equivalent to that of sugar! Allulose is our preferred sweetener in most cases, as it will not crystallize after being refrigerated, unlike other sweeteners.

We make our simple syrup and have big batches lying around constantly. It will keep in the fridge for a loooong time.. like months.

Keep in mind, you could substitute sugar free simple syrup with liquid stevia drops if need be. We’ve also seen versions of this drink that call for just granular sweetener muddled with the raspberry and mint. If you guys give that a try, let us know how it goes!

We want to be sure to say that you should sweeten this drink to taste. We’d also like to mention that this drink is a little bit on the sweet side because of the raspberries. Start with just half an ounce of the simple syrup, then taste, and add more if need be.

Bitters: We add Angosturra bitters to so many drinks, we prefer it in basically everything. This is an optional ingredient in this recipe however, a traditional mint julep does not include bitters at all. We added it because of all the sweetness in this drink. We think the bitterness sort of rounds out that flavor just a bit. Just a couple drops will go a long way, so keep this in mind.

Sparkling Water or soda water: We used La Croix for this recipe, but you could use whatever sparkling water or soda water you have on hand!

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Let’s Make It! ​


If you don’t already have some sugar free simple syrup on hand, make that first so it can cool a bit. To make it, simply combine 1 cup of water with 1 and 1/4 cups allulose, and cook over low heat, until the sweetener has fully dissolved. Set aside to cool until ready to use. Store in a glass jar in the fridge and keep for months.

To make the cocktail, take a highball glass, muddle your raspberries and mint gently at the bottom. Be very careful not to muddle the mint too much! Just a few gentle presses with the muddler will be enough for the herbs to release their oils.

Add in your bourbon whiskey, your optional bitters, and your some of your sugar free simple syrup. Mix with your bar spoon.

Add ice, then top with sparkling water of choice. Stir again with your bar spoon, then garnish with a sprig of mint and a fresh raspberry. Serve and enjoy!

If you get a chance to try this recipe, let us know what you think, would ya?! Leave us a comment, or catch up with us on Facebook or Instagram, or pin to your favorite Pinterest board for later.

raspberry cocktail with fresh mint

Looking for another easy and delicious boozy keto drink? Try this low carb rosemary margarita!

low carb rosemary margarita

Until Next Time,
Briana & Chamere

Sugar Free Raspberry Mint Julep
Prep Time
5 mins
Total Time
5 mins
 

This Sugar Free Raspberry Mint Julep is a spin on a classic bourbon cocktail that packs a boozy punch with a lovely raspberry flavor. This easy to make cocktail includes just a few simple ingredients. You don't even need a cocktail shaker. This drink is only 1 net carb per serving, perfect for a low carb or keto diet. Make this with sugar free simple syrup, fresh raspberries, fresh mint, bourbon whiskey & some bitters if you like!

Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bourbon, cocktail, Drinks, keto, sugar free
Servings: 1 person
Calories: 154 kcal
Author: Briana
Ingredients
  • 5 whole mint leaves (leaves only, no sprigs) + whole mint sprig for garnish
  • 5 whole raspberries + more for garnish
  • 1/4 tsp Angosturra bitters (optional)
  • 2 ounces bourbon whiskey
  • 1/2 ounce sugar free simple syrup, or to taste
  • Ice
  • Top with sparkling water or soda water of choice
Instructions
  1. If you don’t already have some sugar free simple syrup on hand, make that first so it can cool a bit. To make it, simply combine 1 cup of water with 1 and 1/4 cups allulose, and cook over low heat, until the sweetener has fully dissolved. Set aside to cool until ready to use. Store in a glass jar in the fridge and keep for months.

  2. Take a highball glass, muddle your raspberries and mint gently at the bottom. Be very careful not to muddle the mint too much! Just a few gentle presses with the muddler will be enough for the herbs to release their oils.

  3. Add in your bourbon whiskey, your optional bitters, and your some of your sugar free simple syrup. Mix with your bar spoon.

  4. Add ice, then top with sparkling water of choice. Stir again with your bar spoon, then garnish with a sprig of mint and a fresh raspberry. Serve and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

Macros: These macros are estimated via MyFitnessPal and are provided as courtesy. We cannot guarantee the accuracy.

Makes 1 drink, 154 calories per cocktail, 0 grams fat, 0 grams protein, 3 total carbs, 2 grams fiber, making 1 net carb.

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