Martinis are an acquired taste. One I have enjoyed acquiring immensely. The good thing about martinis when you are on Keto is that Gin has no carbs. Extra dry vermouth also only has approximately 0.3 carbs per ounce. And garnishing with olives is also a great boon because olives have more fat that anything else. Therefore, martinis are a low-carb cocktail.
Are you a royal fan? Apparently, both Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles enjoy their martinis too. The queen likes her martinis extra dry, bless her. She’s been known to have a dry martini in the evening. Prince Charles, on the other hand, likes his martinis wet, and I agree.
A Martini is often classed on a spectrum of wet to dry. Dryness is the most common way they are referred. And these are Gin Martinis, not the James Bond abomination that is not a Martini. Moreover, a martini is not shaken and it is not made with Vodka. That would be a Vodka Martini.
The classic Martini, implies it is Gin based. Back to the dryness: the dryness of a Martini is determined by the amount of extra dry Vermouth used. Ironically, the less extra dry Vermouth, the more dry the Martini. Whether you like a dry or wet Martini, clean or dirty, they are all keto friendly.
I know those who like a ‘bone dry’ martini, they are true gin lovers. They like it when the Vermouth is poured into the glass to coat the sides and then poured out before the gin is poured in. I even know those who like it even drier and just like the Vermouth is merely waved o’er the glass, or spritzed with a perfume atomizer. Not me. For me, both kinds, are coma inducing. Above all, it is not the way I like to imbibe my favourite cocktails.
Well, it may be that Dorothy Parker never even said her famous quote, but you get my point. For this reason, I prefer my Martini’s extra wet. This means it has an even ration between Gin and Vermouth, and thus, it is also known as the One to One Martini. First, have the glass chilling with ice. Then, adding the Gin and Vermouth in heaps of crushed ice in your shaker and stirring well also adds water to the mix. It’s a helpful tool to prevent you from making promises you don’t intend to keep after your second Martini.
With this ratio and some lovely accompanying snacks, I don’t feel flattened after just one drink. The days of me being able to drink 2 ½ oz. of Gin plus a touch of Vermouth in one drink are behind me. Actually, they were never there, but even less now. Remember, eating low-carb makes you a lightweight. Be warned. This drink is more tempered and allows me to enjoy a Martini without dancing on the table once it is done.
I prefer using a good quality cocktail pitcher or shaker to stir. If you don’t have one, in a pinch, a mason jar will do. And ice. Make sure you have lots of ice. Nothing is more disappointing than a tepid Martini! Then you want a long spoon to stir. Do not shake!
For garnishing, I love olives with a martini and my absolute favourite are olives stuffed with lemon. The best of both worlds. They are hard to find though, but when you do – shazam!
If using skewers, make them ahead, keep them at the bar or in the fridge depending on how many martini’s you’ll be making and for how long. Same for your lemon wedges and even just olives at the bottom of a glass.
Have them ready in a bowl so you can add them once your Martini is ready. This way, once the drink is poured you can add the skewer or garnish and serve immediately, and your drink can be enjoyed ice cold.
I recommend serving this drink with a charcuterie board of keto friendly cheeses and snacks.
Nutritional Information and portions are estimated from the USDA Food Database. Net carbs exclude fiber, sugar alcohols, and products like allulose, because they do not generally affect blood sugar. I try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
Welcome! I'm Nikkey Elizabeth.
Hi! My name is Nikkey Elizabeth and this me, after cutting down raspberry canes in my snow shoes. La Femme Nikketo is a combination of two dreams, making delicious sugar-free products that you’d never guess where sugar-free and transforming the farm my husband and I have, The Farm in Glenville, into a working farm where we grow what we make. Together these sugar-free dreams offer boutique farm-to-table preserves and confections, all made here on our farm in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia.
Where are you located?
Our farm is located in Glenville, Nova Scotia. It’s a little hamlet between Mabou and Inverness on the island of Cape Breton.
My Jam looks separated, what do I do?
Our sugar-free jams are natural products. Because we are sugar-free and use all-natural products, from time to time ‘fruit float’ can happen to fruit like strawberry or rhubarb during the canning process leaving pulp at the top and jelly on the bottom. If this occurred with your jam, don’t worry, it’s just as delicious as all our other jams. When this happens, we encourage our customers to dig in and mix it up!!!
What does it mean you’re sold out for the season?
We are a farm-to-table business, where we believe strongly in growing a large proportion of what we make. Sometimes, if there are other local growers that have supplies beyond our own, we may top-up our fruit or berry inventory (this is especially true with Blueberries as our bushes are young and our neighbour has acres of stunning wild blueberries!). However, for the most part, we grow what we make and when we run out, that’s it until next year. Every year our capacity grows so we hope to run out a little later each year.
I just bought from you at a market, will those items be on your website?
For the most part, yes, but not yet, or soon. If you are reading this and we are still in a growing season, I usually am so busy farming, making, and selling at my local farmer’s markets that I don’t have a chance to update my website. However, once the farmers markets at the end of Thanksgiving Weekend (That’s the second weekend of October here in Canada), I usually put aside time to update the website with all the current products. If you follow me on Instagram or Facebook, I post when that happens.
Why don’t you use the same sweetener in all your products?
Sometimes I feel that by producing sugar-free goods, you have to be part magician, chemist, and explorer. There are so many sugar-free sweeteners out there and not one of them behaves exactly like sugar. Each of them has its positive and negative qualities depending on the application. For instance, I use a lot of allulose, not never in meringue, because it loves water too much, so you could back that meringue for hours and it would still be sticky.
Are there sweeteners you don’t use in your products?
Yes, there are a few. I don’t use artificial sweeteners at all. Next, I’m not a fan of stevia because of the after taste so I don’t use that either. Also, I don’t use xylitol as it’s toxic to dogs. I love dogs and have an adorable retired racing greyhound myself who is an expert at catching what falls on the floor before anyone can get to it first — he’s that fast. As such, if I wouldn’t have any food with xylitol in my house, just in case it could fall on the floor and could be consumed by my super-fast houndie, I won’t put in my products just in case for your puppies too. Finally, I don’t use products like maltitol or mannitol, as they are notorious for upsetting the stomach.
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