low-carb tom collins cocktail recipe is a delicious classic reworked to have only .6 carbs per serving - Lowcarb-ology.com

Low-Carb Tom Collins

A low-carb?classic Tom Collins with just .6 carbs per cocktail? Yep… say hello to the weekend!

low-carb Tom Collins cocktail is tangy and refreshing with just .6 carbs per serving - lowcarb-ology.com

Over on Restless Chipotle I have been sharing classic cocktails on Saturdays. I have recently fallen in love with these elegant drinks that were so popular in the 1950s and 1960s when I was growing up. I can see why they were standard at my parents’ parties! The problem is that when you are low-carbing it’s tough. You see, although the actual alcohol has very few, if any, carbs the sour mix and other mix ins contain quite a few. For example, a classic Tom Collins has over 25 carbs per serving.

I don’t know about you but I can’t do that.

I am not a big drinker. In fact, it has only been in the last few years that I have allowed myself to enjoy wine with dinner or the occasional cocktail. However, because I wanted to be able to get good images, here I am at 11:00 on a Saturday morning sipping my low-carb Tom Collins and contemplating lunch… which may well be another Tom Collins. Wow, it’s so good.

A Tom Collins is made with gin, lemon juice, and simple syrup shaked with cracked ice. Once you pour it into the cup you add club soda to taste. I usually add quite a lot because I love having the drink to sip on and I think that more than one would be pushing it for me. I think it tastes kind of like a sparkly, tangy lemonade.

low-carb tom collins cocktail recipe is a delicious classic reworked to have only .6 carbs per serving - Lowcarb-ology.com

The trick to keeping it low carb is to make a batch of your own simple syrup with Erythritol and keep it in your refrigerator for when you want a cocktail. How easy is that?

Pretty darn easy.

Oh — and if you have only had this delicious cocktail made with ready-made mix? You have never had this delicious cocktail, trust me. If you are looking for a refreshing drink, or just want to treat yourself and your friends to a classic, give this low-carb Tom Collins a try. Let me know what you think.

If you can’t find erythritol then here’s a link to Amazon. This is the product I use most often. It’s an affiliate link and when you click and buy it helps to fund Lowcarb-ology – thanks!

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Low-Carb Tom Collins

A low-carb version of a classic cocktail, this Tom Collins has just .6 carbs per serving and all of the flavor and tang of the original.
Course Beverage, Drinks
Cuisine American - low -carb
Keyword cocktail, gin
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 minute
Total Time 6 minutes
Servings 1 serving
Calories 287kcal
Author Katherine Peters


  • 3 ounces gin
  • 2 ounces lemon juice
  • 1 ounce simple syrup low-carb
  • 1 slice lemon or lime
  • Club Soda to taste

Simple Syrup


Simple Syrup

  • Bring Erythritol and water to a boil, boil for 1 minute.
  • Cool.

Tom Collins

  • Add gin, lemon juice, low-carb syrup, and 1 cup of ice to a shaker.
  • Shake until well mixed.
  • Strain the liquid into your glass.
  • Fill with Club Soda.
  • Add a slice of lemon or lime.


This is also good made with sugar free lemon lime soda.


Calories: 287kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 30mg | Potassium: 58mg | Sugar: 22g | Vitamin C: 25.7mg | Iron: 1mg

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