Sex and the city-style night or a fun time at the bar is incomplete without the fancy cocktail. Unfortunately, anyone stacking on a keto diet may have to check other fancy drinks at the bar (if there’s any, anyway)
Because here’s the sad truth: A typical cocktail packs plenty of carbs (especially sugar). No thanks to the juice, sodas, and syrup used in the production process.
Low-carb cocktails can be scarce on the alcohol menu. That’s where you need to craft your order creatively. Even the cocktails labeled “healthy” are simply syrup swapped with honey, which packs the “sweetness” of sugar.
When you want a low-carb alcoholic drink, liquors like gin, vodka, and silver tequila are the real deal (because they’re mostly zero on carb).
In addition, make sure that your clear liquor is unflavored.
Obviously, you don’t want to forget the things you mix with your zero-carb booze – a Calorie-free mixer.
The calorie-free sparkling water, soda water, along with squeezed fresh lime or lemon wedge (if flavor is a priority), is a great choice.
Note: our top choice is the silver tequila, seizure water, grapefruit juice, and fresh lime.
Want a fancier cocktail combo that supports your keto diet? Ready to level up your low-carb cocktail game? We’ve prepared 10 scintillating low-carb cocktails (with recipes) you can start drinking.
1. Keto Mojito ( Low Carb, Sugar-Free)
This is a classic combo of lime juice and fresh mint (plus a few other ingredients). Add sweetness to the mix with a keto-friendly zero-sugar swerve. You’ll need the following ingredients to prepare your recipe:
Fresh lime juice (1oz)
Mint leaves (10)
Ice cubes (1 cup)
White rum (2oz)
Club soda (2oz)
Powdered erythritol (alternative sweetener)
Drop the mint leaves inside your glass. Then muddle the mixture with a muddler (or the handle of any kitchen tool).
Add the ice cube, lime juice, and the powdered erythritol to the mix.
Pour club soda and white rum, and stir the mixture. Properly garnish your drink by adding more mint or lime wedge. Enjoy!
2. Sex On The Beach
This keto-friendly drink combines a sweet, fruity cocktail with tropical fruits and cranberry as the flavor. The summer-perfect cocktail is prepared with the following premium ingredients:
Vodka (1 ounce)
Cranberry flavor (4 ounces)
Pour the vodka, peach vodka, cranberry vodka, and the water enhancer inside the shaker (which contains ice already), and shake the mixture together.
Check that the mixtures are properly blended. Then move them into an ice-filled glass. Top up the delicious cocktail with club soda.
Garnish them with lime or strawberry. Enjoy!
3. Strawberry Lemonade Mojitos
Here’s another simple, low-carb cocktail refreshed with the lemon and strawberry flavor. The cocktail features a beautiful combo of strawberry lemonade, rum, and fresh mint.
Check out the four ingredients required to make this undisputed summer cocktail:
Strawberry lemonade (measurably 4 cups)
White rum (1 cup)
Fresh mint (1/4 cup)
Strawberry ( for garnishing)
Add the no-sugar strawberry lemonade mint, and white rum in a pitcher, and mix.
Serve with ice for a soothing experience. Optionally, you can garnish with strawberry slices.
For a bit of fizz, splash some soda water.
4. Keto Hurricane
The rum and tropical fruit juice are the key ingredients of this fruity, boozy cocktail. Introducing the keto hurricane; a keto version of the traditional drink containing dark and white rum, water enhancer, and lime juice.
The cocktail packs a punch with flavors and richness of the original drink. The only difference is the “no-carb.” property.
White rum (2 ounces)
Dark rum (2 ounces)
Lime juice (1oz)
Fruit water enhancer (1/2 teaspoon)
No-sugar sweetener (1 teaspoon)
Water (4-5 ounces)
Add the ingredient into a shaker
Put ice and shake thoroughly until properly blended.
Pour into glass and garnish according to your preference.
5. Spicy Margaritas
A typical Margaritas is sweet with a touch of sourness. Here’s the keto version, which packs a mixture of tart lime juice and simple syrup topped up with swerve (sweetener) and water. You can add the Jalapeno slice (That’s optional, though.) This is one cocktail you don’t want to miss all summer long.
Tequila (2 fl oz)
Lime juice ( 1 fl oz)
Simple syrup ( 1fl)
Jalapeno for garnishing
Once you have the simple syrup ready, squeeze the limes.
Put the Jalapeno pepper in a Shaker and muddle them down. Then add ice, squeezed lime juice, tequila, and the simple syrup.
Shake the combo and pour in a glass with ice.
You can garnish with lime or Jalapeno, as desired.
6. Moscow Mules
Moscow mules typically contain vodka, ginger beer, and lime juice. Yummy! The keto version is made up of zero-sugar syrup and the diet ginger ale.
Ingredients for ginger syrup:
Peeler ginger (1/2 cup)
Water ( 2 cups)
Swerve ( 1/3 cups)
Ingredients for Moscow mule:
Vodka (4 oz)
Lime juice (1oz)
Ginger syrup (1oz)
Ginger Ale (8oz)
Mint leaves (garnishing purpose)
Instructions for Ginger syrup:
Add water, ginger, and sweetener in a saucepan, preferably small size.
Boil at a higher temperature. Reduce the heat to average and boil at a lower temperature for 10 minutes.
Allow to cool for 60 minutes, then store in the fridge for up to 14 days.
Instructions for Moscow mules:
Add vodka ginger, ginger ale, and lime juice as a pitcher, and stir.
Pour the mixture inside the ice and garnish it with fresh mint.
7. Kamikaze Shots
Get the party rolling with this simple, short keto recipe. The typical kamikaze packs a lot of sugar, but here, you’re getting 3 net carbs.
Shaker ice (3/4)
Lime juice (2 teaspoons)
Vodka ( 1 shot )
Add ice inside the shaker
Put sweetener, vodka, lime juice
Strain in glass or tumbler. Enjoy!
8. Red Wine Berry Spritzer
Would you love a low-calorie spin in your wine? Red wine berry spritzer is the perfect deal. Enjoy the low-calorie, fine spritzer in a cool summer noon.
Berry sparkling water
Frozen raspberries or blueberries
Place frozen berries in the gas and muddle them with the handle of a kitchen utensil.
Put ice, pour wine, add sparkling water and stir gently. Enjoy!
9. White Wine Spritzer
Lemon soda and white wine are mixed together to make this refreshing low-carb cocktail. Enjoy your sip on a hot sunny day.
White wine (1/2 cup)
Lime and lemon soda ( 1/2 cup)
Lime juice ( 1/2 teaspoon)
Pour wine on glass and add soda
Add lime juice and enjoy
10. Lemon Drop Martinis
This mixture of vodka, lemon juice, and sparkling water looks refreshing. Perfect for anyone looking for a sweet, refreshing drink.
Pinch of sugar
Add the lemon wedge to the top of the martinis glass. Dip it into sugar and leave it.
Add lemon juice, lemon vodka, sugar, and ice to a Shaker.
Then shake for about 15 seconds. Strain into the glass. Top it up with sparkling water. Enjoy!
Wines, Beers, And Alcohols To Avoid
Beers To Avoid On A Keto Diet
When it comes to drinks, beer has been the worst option for anyone on a keto diet.
Beer is loaded with several carbs, so you can easily get kicked out of ketosis with a single drink.
Beers to avoid include the Guinness extra stones (14g of carbs), Steve Artois (13g of carbs), and the Blue Moon Belgian White Ale (13g of carbs).
Wines To Avoid On A Keto Diet
Wine is better for anyone on a keto diet. Dry wines, specifically, are the real deal because they do not contain residual sugar, hence lower in carbs.
Some of the worst wines to avoid are the sweet dessert wines (20.3g of carbs), Sangria (18g of carbs), and port (7.2g of carbs)
Spirits To Avoid On A Keto Diet
Pure spirits such as tequila, vodka, and whisky contain no carbs and ideal for keto. Some of the worst liquor to avoid are Mai Tai (17g of carbs), Cosmopolitan (12.9g of carbs), Gin and tonic (12.1g).
What Are The General Drinks To Avoid?
This section discusses some of the drinks that are high in sugar and carb. You should avoid the traditional version of the following drinks if you’re not ready to get kicked out of ketosis.
A 12-ounce beer can has 12.8g of carbs.
Wine coolers contain surgery fruit juice which is about 13.6g of carb.
Sangria is made up of fruit juice, wine – all of which have carbs. A single glass of Sangria is about 18.9g of carbs.
What’s The Perfect Keto Drink?
It’s important to clarify that the best beverage drink for anyone on a keto diet is water. Water provides hydration, energy, and the potential to lose weight.
That said, moderation is key. Always keep your weight loss goal in mind when choosing the number of drinks to take.
Excess alcohol might slow down your weight loss journey. Overall, drinking keto cocktails won’t get you out of ketosis.