If you’re looking for the perfect low carb fourth of July cocktail recipe or the perfect red, white, and blue cocktail to celebrate your Patriotism, look no further! This tequila, lime, and blue curacao based drink is fun, festive, and refreshing!
I’m no stranger to making a good lower carb or keto friendly tequila style cocktail. Some of my favorites are this mezcal mule, this keto blackberry jalapeno margarita, and this smoky paloma for instance. While these are a few of my favorites, I wanted to create a Bon Appeteach “Book Club” cocktail that was also festive for celebrating holidays like Memorial day and of course the fourth of July too!
This cocktail tastes delicious, but it looks stunning. These easy to make layered red white and blue colors in this cocktail are absolutely obtainable no matter what level mixologist you are. Tie the whole drink together with a beautiful strawberry rose garnish and you are truly creating a show-stopping festive drink for any patriotic holiday.
Get all the recipe details below and read through for helpful cocktail making tips and techniques and a variety of ways to make this drink fit your lifestyle best!
- Cocktail Shaker
Shaken Not Stirred-
This cocktail is a fun and colorful riff on a tequila mule. A classic Moscow mule is typically vodka, lime wedge, and ginger beer. I have a very similar recipe with smokey vibes in my Mezcal mule and keep it lower carb or keto friendly with using my keto simple syrup recipe and this zero carb ginger beer mixer,
The Blue Layer(s)-
Th one difference in this cocktail is that it’s a little harder to make it sugar free because of the addition of curacao. Curacao is an orange liquor and blue curacao is literally the orange stuff dyed blue. Because it is a liqueur, it is a little higher in sugar as many mixers are but I opted to just use a 1/2 ounce to make the color I wanted and to add a hint of flavor.
If the blue curacao is totally off limits for you, try just adding a few drops of blue dye to the tequila and lime juice mixture before shaking it with the crushed ice. This will still help give you that signature blue layer but with fewer net carbs.
In addition to using the silver tequila and blue curacao as the main spirits in this drink, I wanted to use a few blackberries muddled with some keto simple syrup in the base of the glass as well to give a deeper, darker ombre effect. The cool thing I didn’t expect was to see it actually create a slightly deep red layer as the drink dilutes too! Don’t skip this step!
The White Layer-
Top the drink off with your favorite zero carb ginger beer if you’re a keto follower or use your favorite diet ginger ale as an alternative. It lightens the top and helps keep the crushed ice afloat (adding more white as well).
The Red Layer-
I mentioned the dilution the muddled blackberries have but I really wanted a fun way to make this cocktail pop visually. Because I enjoy making cocktail flower garnishes, I figured it was time to try my hand and these pretty strawberry roses. I put each rose on a trimmed skewer and popped it in the glass.
If this garnish seems to over the top for you take on (I get it, maybe you’re just here for the cocktail and more power too ya), then just throw a strawberry on the rim or a few slices can go right into the glass!
Substitutions and Alternatives-
Not feeling Tequila? Try this with vodka or white rum too for a delicious option.
Want to make it a mocktail!? Try zero carb lemonade and dye it blue instead. Add it to the blackberries and still top it with the ginger beer (it’s non-alcoholic) and enjoy!
Get the nutritional info below along with the recipe. Don’t forget to watch my monthly “book club” cocktail video too so you can be a master mixologist no matter what diet or lifestyle you have. Cheers!
- 2-3 Blackberries
- Splash of Keto Simple Syrup
- 2 oz. Silver Tequila
- 1/2 Lime, Juiced
- 1/2 oz. Blue Curacao
- 2-3 oz. Ginger Beer (zero carb brands)
- 1 Strawberry (for garnish)
- In a cocktail glass, muddle the blackberries to release the juices into the cup with a splash of the keto simple syrup.
- In a cocktail shaker combine the tequila, lime juice, and blue curacao then shake over crushed ice. Carefully pour it into the glass over the blackberries then top with the zero carb ginger beer.
- Garnish with the strawberry and serve.
Want to eliminate the curacao? Remove it and add a few drops of blue food coloring to the tequila mixture instead!
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 276Total Fat: 0gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 14mgCarbohydrates: 9gNet Carbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 35gProtein: 0g