When it comes to a low-carb diet such as the ever-popular Ketogenic Diet (read more on that HERE). Typically when talking about diets, you immediately consider the food you’re eating, and what you put into your coffee. Then the weekend rolls around and you go out for a drink with a friend or two, and suddenly you realize – you have no idea what you can drink on a low-carb diet. To help ease the sting of uncertainty, we’ve compiled a list of drinks that get a green light on the Keto diet, along with some recipes for cocktails you can make at home, too!
This cocktail is made simply using some protein water (yes, that’s a thing), lemon juice, stevia sweetener, and some blood orange vodka.
This might be your new favorite hard lemon cocktail for summer! Refreshing and sweet, without damaging your daily goals.
https://fitviews.blogspot.ca/2017/04/fitgirl-cocktails-lemon-drop.html PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: FIT VIEWS
Yes, wine!! By keeping to just one glass a day, you can easily enjoy some red or white wine on your low-carb diet.
For a 5oz glass of wine, you can expect to be drinking about 3-4 net carbs in a glass. Not bad for a daily wind-down, or a beverage you won’t feel weird ordering at a restaurant. Your best bet for a white is a glass of Sauvignon Blanc which averages 2.7g net carbs per 5oz, while a Pinot Noir is your best option for a red wine, coming in at an average of 3.4g net carbs per 5oz glass.
Mojitos might be my favorite summer drink. Poolside, patios – if there’s a mojito on the menu, it’s mine.
Even though they have a tart taste to them, they’re actually usually loaded with sugar. Often you can ask for a “skinny” mojito meaning that they omit the sugar altogether, or you can try a recipe like this strawberry-infused one that’s just as sweet, without the carbs.
https://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/low-carb-strawberry-lemonade-mojitos/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: I BREATHE I’M HUNGRY
Thankfully, there’s the trusty vodka soda. Often a go-to for those watching their calories, carbs, and intake, but still enjoying the buzz of a drink – vodka sodas are a true hero.
Mixing a plain club soda along with a shot of vodka, you’re intaking ZERO carbs! Squeeze in a wedge of freshly cut lime and you’ve got yourself a refreshing little cocktail.
Back to that trusty no-carb vodka, you can make a cocktail using it along with sugar-free sodas such as Sprite or 7-Up, and some water enhancers!
This is a perfect summer drink, that will help you reach your summer goals by staying low-carb and keto-friendly!
https://www.lowcarb-ology.com/sex-beach-drink/?utm_source=pinterest&utm_medium=Social&utm_campaign=SocialWarfare PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LOW CARB-OLOGY
When it comes to a Bloody Mary, this classic drink is not without carbs. However, the carbs are found in the tomato juice! A good rule of thumb is that 1oz of tomato juice equals 1g net carb.
With that in mind, keep your tomato juice between 3-6oz to keep this drink low-carb! While it’s on the higher end of carb counts on the list, it’s still worth a mention as it’s easy to adapt to suit your carb intake goals.
https://www.verywellfit.com/bloody-mary-cocktail-2241642 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE:VERY WELL FIT
A hard liquor that’s arguably best served straight or over a cube or two of ice, this alcoholic drink isn’t just low-carb, it’s no-carb.
Thankfully, whiskey pairs really well with another low-carb option – steak!
A summer patio favorite – sangria is the fruity wine we all love to make a pitcher of for our next backyard BBQ.
This version keeps things light, low-carb and sugar-free using stevia instead of a simple syrup that most sangrias require. Each glass will serve up just 2g of net carbs!
http://www.vegannie.com/recipes/skinny-sangria PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: VEG ANNIE
When making cocktails, you don’t have to be bartending for a crowd. Live your best life! Make yourself a treat! This treat, in cocktail form – won’t even disrupt your diet.
While a classically mixed margarita will yield a whopping 27g of net carbs, this recipe comes in at just 3g of carbs. Huzzah!
https://healthylivinghowto.com/summer-sauce/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: HEALTHY LIVING HOW-TO
Since whiskey is no-carb, and bourbon is a whiskey – well then this recipe makes perfect sense! With a few little swaps, of course.
Using water enhancers (no sugar), some vanilla beans, some sugar-free vanilla syrup (the kind you’d normally use for coffees) with some club soda and of course – bourbon…you have yourself one amazing low-carb cocktail!
https://www.lowcarb-ology.com/vanilla-old-fashioned-cocktail/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LOW CARB-OLOGY
Cream liqueurs are amazing, and popular…but incredibly sweet with a high carb count, making it nearly impossible to enjoy on a low-carb diet.
With this recipe, you can make it yourself with heavy cream, Irish whiskey, sweetener, and some other key ingredients. So indulgent (in a good way!).
http://www.forkly.com/recipes/creamy-keto-irish-cream-liqueur/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE BY: FORKLY
Depending on the variety you choose, there are several light beers that definitely fit the bill for being a low-carb drink option. Most light beers vary from 2-5g net carbs!
When it comes to beer, the key is just stopping at one (unless you’ve banked all your carbs to enjoy a few!).
Gaining popularity (and served up just in the best way) the Moscow Mule has become a staple on bar menus everywhere. If you’re on a low-carb or sugar-free diet, however, this drink is not for you.
So make it yourself with this recipe that in just 5 simple ingredients you can mix together and serve at your next event to everyone with the added diet bonus of being a healthier option than the original!
https://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/low-carb-moscow-mules-sugar-free/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: I BREATHE I’M HUNGRY
The recipe title says it all – it might be the perfect combination for anyone looking for an adult boozy beverage to chill out with.
With fresh lime juice, gin (no carb!), sparkling water, cucumber slices, and some stevia drops – you have yourself a refreshing beverage that everyone will love. You don’t even need to tell them it’s low-carb.
https://ketodietapp.com/Blog/post/2017/07/05/the-ultimate-low-carb-cocktail PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: KETO DIET APP
For many in the summertime, the Pina Colada is the must-have drink to refresh with. This blended drink of pineapple and coconut, mixed with rum may seem like the last thing you’d see on this list.
Thankfully, there’s a recipe that keeps it low enough in net carbs to allow this as a special treat. It’s not as low-carb as many on the list, but it still comes in around 8g of net carbs. Not bad for something that’s so indulgent!
https://ketodietapp.com/Blog/post/2013/07/03/Low-carb-Pina-Colada-and-What-to-be-Careful-About-in-Food-Extracts PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: KETO DIET APP
A midwestern beverage gets a low carb makeover so you can enjoy a delicious drink without breaking your diet. This version of a Hot Toddy is not only low carb but sugar-free too!
Hot diet ginger ale is combined with bourbon and is seasoned with nutmeg, cloves, fresh lemon, and a cinnamon stick. This spicy drink would be perfect for the holidays or to warm you up!
https://thekitchenmagpielowcarb.com/sugar-free-hot-toddy/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: THE KITCHEN MAGPIE
If you prefer white over red then this recipe has your name written all over it! You’ll be surprised to discover that this white sangria doesn’t have a drop of wine at all but instead, bourbon and vodka are used to ensure this cocktail remains low carb.
Most sangria recipes contain loads of fresh fruit and that is clearly not low carb but to ensure this drink tastes authentic there is a dash of pureed peaches. Further, sugar-free mango syrup and Swerve provide additional sweet flavors. Lastly, this refreshing beverage comes in at 1 net carb per cup!
https://www.ibreatheimhungry.com/low-carb-sparkling-white-sangria/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: I BREATHE I’M HUNGRY
The exciting thing about alcoholic cocktails is that it is so easy to customize them to flavors you truly enjoy! If the strawberry lemonade mojitos didn’t excite you, perhaps these raspberry and blackberry mojitos will!
For this cocktail, you will need raspberries or blackberries, fresh mint, lime juice, powdered erythritol, white rum, and sparkling water. You’ll be provided with thorough instructions on how to put this drink together and before you know it you’ll be sipping on this delicious bevy!
https://ketodietapp.com/Blog/lchf/low-carb-raspberry-and-blackberry-mojitos PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: KETO DIET APP
Eggnog may be one of the most sought-after beverages during the holiday season! With this recipe, you can enjoy a holiday classic without derailing your diet!
Ethryiol provides the sweet flavor while heavy whipping cream and eggs give this beverage a generous dose of fat! You could drink this beverage as is but the spiked version is definitely a little more exciting! Add your favorite low-carb alcohol and make this a holiday drink to remember.
https://www.savorytooth.com/eggnog/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: SAVORY TOOTH
If you are searching for a refreshing cocktail with a touch of zing then this is the cocktail for you! Tart grapefruit is combined with sharp ginger to provide an unforgettable flavor.
Along with those fresh ingredients, you’ll also need to add Swerve to help balance the tart flavor. Lastly, this cocktail pairs perfectly with either gin or vodka – your choice!
https://mylifecookbook.com/grapefruit-ginger-fizz-low-crab-cocktail/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MY LIFE COOKBOOK
While your kids are busy making their gingerbread houses mix yourself a delicious cocktail that you can enjoy! This gingerbread martini will surely put you in the spirit for the holidays.
The rim is made from almond flour, cinnamon, ginger, and stevia syrup. While the cocktail is made from vanilla vodka, sugar-free coffee liqueur, heavy cream, stevia, and the perfect seasonings to give it that true gingerbread flavor!
https://alldayidreamaboutfood.com/sugar-free-gingerbread-martinis-and-a-giveaway/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: ALL DAY I DREAM ABOUT FOOD
The cosmopolitan gained extreme popularity in the 90’s thanks to Sex and the City but the sweet flavor is what makes this cocktail timeless. A classic cosmo recipe is loaded with sugar and would not be recommended while following the keto diet, however, this recipe proves that by making a few substitutions you can indulge in some of your favorites without derailing your diet.
Instead of cranberry juice use low-calorie cranberry juice or unsweetened cranberry juice mixed with water. Combine that with vodka, lime juice, orange extract, and liquid stevia and you’ll have this cocktail made in no time!
https://www.verywellfit.com/low-carb-cosmopolitan-cocktail-2241688 PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: VERY WELL FIT
This sangria tastes like a grown-up version of apple cider but without all the added sugar and carbs. The apple flavor comes from steeped apple cinnamon tea and is combined with a keto-friendly sweetener and a dry white wine.
To keep the carbs minimal treat the fresh fruit as a garnish and opt out of eating it. However, it does add a little pizzaz to the drink making it a stunning cocktail!
https://joyfilledeats.com/apple-cinnamon-sangria/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: JOY FILLED EATS
Mimosas are the star of any brunch, in my opinion! This stunning crimson red mimosa would be perfect for Christmas morning and all through the holidays.
This drink has authentic flavors of raspberry thanks to raspberry tea and sugar-free raspberry syrup. Combine those ingredients with champagne and garnish with a few berries too!
https://mylifecookbook.com/low-carb-holiday-raspberry-mimosa/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: MY LIFE COOKBOOK
Icy cold artic mules are perfect for the holidays or to match the shivering cold weather outside! This beverage has an icy flavor and an icy color to match!
To create this drink you will need pineapple vodka, regular vodka, sugar-free peppermint syrup, sugar-free ginger beer, lime juice, and a blue water enhancer. It comes together effortlessly and will surely impress those you share it with.
https://www.lowcarb-ology.com/low-carb-vodka-cocktail/ PHOTOS AND RECIPE HERE: LOWCARB-OLOGY