Low Carb Oaxaca Old Fashioned

Low Carb Oaxaca Old Fashioned is a unique twist on a very old drink. The original “Old Fashioned” has been around, well, forever. Rye whiskey or bourbon based, muddled sugar and bitters, and a garnish of orange . . . a classic! In Mexico an Old Fashioned is called “Anticuado,” or outdated. So perhaps it is time for a new low-carb creation with a Mexican theme. We cannot claim credit for creating this cocktail, but we can take credit for making it low carb.

In 2007, a New York bartender, Phil Ward, at Death & Co. in the East Village, introduced his “Oaxaca Old Fashioned” He not only introduced a new cocktail that has become extremely popular, but he virtually introduced the world to “Mezcal.” Since Mezcal is produced in the Mexican State of Oaxaca, the name Oaxaca Old Fashioned stuck. Today, it is difficult to find any top notch cocktail bar that does not have a few Mezcal Cocktails on the menu.


Mezcal is, of course, the key ingredient in our cocktail. You can now find it in most wine or alcohol stores. Some of the top Mezcals are made by Del Maguey from Oaxaca. They offer a higher end bottle “Chichicapa” which, although expensive, is excellent. The brand we enjoy is Mezcal Sacrificio. It is not quite as expensive as some Mezcal, and it works well for cocktails. It does have that distinctive smoky flavor, but with an added citrus taste. We blend the Mezcal with a Reposado Tequila. The Reposado adds a more earthy taste. It is is amber in color, so it mirrors a traditional Rye or Bourbon Old Fashioned in color.

We have previously featured Mezcal in our Keto Mezcal Orange Margarita post. We also blended that drink with a Tequila Blanco. The blending is a good idea if you have not tasted Mezcal. It has a strong smoky flavor that does take a bit of time to appreciate – once you get the right ratio for you, Mezcal is wonderful.

  • Keto Mezcal Orange Margarita

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    Low Carb Mezcal Orange Margarita offers a smoky take on a classic margarita. Trop 50 keeps the carbs down, and the taste is delicious! Try it with Mezcal or just Tequila Blanco – a Southwestern classic!

Phil Ward’s original recipe called for Angostura Bitters, but recently most recipes use Bittermens Xocolati Mole Bitters. Mole bitters add a dry, dusty, chocolate flavor that really supports the drink. It is not sweet, but does bring the drink together. You can surely use Angostura Bitters, since you may have them on hand. The original Angostura Bitters are aromatic, but they now make a cocoa bitters that would be similar to Bittermens Xocolati Mole Bitters.

For sweetness, we use a little low-carb simple syrup. It is easy. Just mix 1 1/4 cups of Allulose with 1 cup of distilled water in a small sauce pan. Heat and stir to dissolve the Allulose sweetener, and then remove from the heat. Stir in 1/8 teaspoon of Xanthan Gum and then store in a mason jar in the refrigerator. The perfect low-carb simple syrup.

Preparation Tips

There are actually two methods that can be used to create the cocktail. First, add all of your ingredients to the bottom of a cocktail glass, fill with crushed ice and stir. Stir continuously with a bar spoon for 30 seconds. This will make sure that your entire drink is chilled. If you have ever had a cocktail that was warm at the bottom, you will know what we mean. It will also slightly dilute the cocktail and give you the perfect blend of ingredients.

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The second method is to add your ingredients to a cocktail shaker filled 1/3 with ice cubes and shake for around 20 seconds. When your shaker shows cold moisture on your hand you are ready to strain and serve. For garnish, pinch an orange peel over the glass to release its oil. Drop it in the drink for garnish. Not the prettiest, but very traditional.

Let’s talk sparks . . . yes, that’s right, sparks. One of the secrets to this drink is to smoke the orange garnish and spread the orange oil into the drink and on the rim of the glass. Okay, we are not mixologists and we always admire those who are experts in the mixology arts. The idea is you light a match, let it burn off the sulphur, keep from burning your fingers, hold the match and orange slice over the glass (no pith), then, squeeze the orange peel with your thumb and fore-finger expressing the orange oil into the flame. You will see a spark and the oil will drip into the drink. Okay, you will not see that here – so be careful if you try!

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Low Carb Oaxaca Old Fashioned – The Unique Taste of Mezcal Blended with Reposado Tequila – Delicious!

Our Low Carb Oaxaca Old Fashioned is a unique cocktail that is not only delicious, but will introduce you to a new spirit – Mezcal. The cocktail is smoky, earthy, and mirrors a classic Old Fashioned. Traditional ingredients and our low-carb simple syrup make this cocktail and “must try.” Enjoy!

Low Carb Oaxaca Old Fashioned

Recipe by Joanie and Chris
5.0 from 4 votes
Course: DrinksCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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Low Carb Oaxaca Old Fashioned is a unique cocktail that will introduce you to Mezcal. The cocktail is earthy, smoky, and mirrors a classic Old Fashioned!

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  • 1 1/2 ounces 45 Tequila (Reposado)

  • 1/2 ounces 15 ml Mezcal

  • 1/2 ounces 15 ml Simple syrup (sugar-free)

  • 4 drops 4 drops Bitters (Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters)

  • 2 inch 2 inch Orange peel strip for garnish


  • To a cocktail glass, add the Tequila, Mezcal, Sugar-free Syrup, and Bitters and then fill the glass with crushed ice.
  • Use a cocktail spoon to stir the drink vigorously for 30 seconds to chill the drink. Alternatively, pour the ingredients in a cocktail shaker, fill 1/3 full with ice, and shake vigorously for 30 seconds. If using the second instruction, strain into a cocktail glass half filled with crushed ice.
  • Cut a two inch strip of peel from an orange. Squeeze the peel over the glass and drop the peel in the glass. Serve cold.


Chef’s Notes

  • You can use Angostura bitters in place of the Bittermens Xocolatl Mole Bitters. This will impact the taste.
  • For a low-carb sugar-free syrup (1 1/4 cups Allulose + 1 cup distilled water – heat to dissolve sweetener, then stir in 1/8 tsp. Xanthan Gum – chill).

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories: 85.2kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 1.0g
  • Fat: 0.0g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg
  • Sodium: 0.0mg
  • Potassium: 0.6mg
  • Fiber: 0.0g
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