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If you’re trying out the keto diet, you’re probably aware that this means you have to carb count, because with ketogenic diets, it’s all about getting your net carbs as low as possible to achieve weight loss through ketosis. Low carb means less bread, but it also means being sugar free, which can be difficult when happy hour comes around. Keto-friendly alcoholic drinks are more difficult to find because sugar is one of the key ingredients in many mixed drinks. However, keto cocktails are out there, and delicious keto recipes do exist, especially if you are drinking these top low calorie alcoholic beverages. Whether you want a low carb cocktail with lime juice or a nice red wine, don’t feel like you can’t indulge on a keto friendly diet. Here are our top keto cocktails!
Normally, a Margarita would be one of the worst choices when on a ketogenic diet because Margarita mix is filled with sugar, which would send your net carbs over the roof. However, one of the best keto cocktails is this Spicy Margarita recipe, which has only four and a half net carbs and 145 calories. For this spicy margarita, mix two fluid ounces of one of the best low-calorie tequila brands, one ounce lime juice, one ounce of low carb simple syrup, one slice of jalapeno pepper, and ice. The low carb simple syrup is made of granulated erythritol and water!
Bloody Marys are a delicious keto cocktail that are impossible to go without, whether it is morning or night. This specific keto friendly recipe is sugar free, which will keep your net carbs low because it uses a sugar substitute instead of real sugar. For this keto recipe, you’ll need to mix four ounces of unsweetened tomato juice, two ounces of vodka, one teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, two teaspoons of horseradish, a quarter of a teaspoon of tabasco sauce, half a teaspoon of sugar substitute, half a teaspoon of ground black pepper, and one teaspoon of lemon juice. Of course, Bloody Marys can be personalized with any added toppings you like, but because you’re being keto friendly, let’s skip the grilled cheese.
Everyone loves the delicious ginger taste of a Moscow Mule, and this keto cocktail is a great recipe because it is sugar free, which will make weight loss easy. Your ketogenic diet has never been more fun when you can enjoy happy hour and never feel deprived. For this Moscow Mule keto recipe, you’re going to mix four ounces of vodka, one ounce of fresh lime juice, one ounce of ginger syrup (made with erythritol), eight ounces of diet ginger ale, and fresh mint leaves as a garnish.
If you find yourself craving a red wine alternative this summer while on your ketogenic diet, this Sangria keto cocktail might be perfect for you. At only three carbs for every eight ounce serving, you won’t have to worry about going above your net carb count for the day with this delicious drink. This drink is keto friendly and perfect for any low carb diet. For this keto recipe, mix four ounces of red wine, one ounce of Absolut Citron vodka, a quarter of a teaspoon of berry flavored, zero carb water enhancer, four ounces of club soda, and ice!
Sex on the Beach
This Sex on the Beach keto cocktail is perfect for anyone on a weight loss journey because it has zero net carbs! Low carb cocktails are hard to find, but this one is fruity and delicious. Just mix one and a half ounces of vodka, half an ounce of cranberry flavored vodka, half an ounce of peach flavored vodka, one squirt of Mio Energy Tropical Fusion Water Enhancer, four to six ounces of club soda or sugar free 7-Up and add ice.
If you like your liquor darker, an Old Fashioned might be more your style, and we have a keto cocktail recipe for you as well. You don’t have to stick to light liquor to stay below your net carbs! For this Old Fashioned keto recipe, there is a hint of vanilla as well. You’ll add a one inch piece of orange peel, a one inch vanilla bean split in half, two ounces of bourbon, between half a tablespoon and one tablespoon of sugar free vanilla syrup, two drops of orange water enhancer, and club soda to finish it off.
A Mojito is such a refreshing cocktail, and with the added mint, it can almost feel like a healthy treat. Well with this keto cocktail recipe, it really can be! This recipe gives you a delicious keto friendly drink with only 109 calories per serving. Simply mix four mint leaves, two tablespoons of lime juice, two grams of stevia, one shot of vodka, and a splash of club soda.
Long Island Iced Tea
A Long Island Iced Tea is a tasty, and strong, cocktail to quench your thirst and get you buzzed quickly while out on the town or enjoying happy hour with friends. With this keto cocktail, you can have a good time and consume your alcohol quickly without the added carb count. This keto recipe adds a hint of peach to the typical Long Island for some added flavor. Simply mix half an ounce of Peach Schnapps, one ounce of vodka, half an ounce of bourbon, half an ounce of white rum, one squirt of Mio Peach Tea Water Enhancer, and six ounces of club soda.
A Ginger Fizz is basically a mixed drink that includes light liquor and ginger ale. This keto cocktail recipe for a Ginger Fizz is excellent because it adds a hint of grapefruit for an extra fruity taste. Just mix one ounce of gin or vodka, two tablespoons of fresh grapefruit juice, and a teaspoon of sugar-free grapefruit syrup, and ginger ale.
Our last keto cocktail on the list is a classic cocktail that everyone loves. A Cosmopolitan is normally very sugary, but with this keto friendly version, you can enjoy any happy hour, without the added guilt. This keto friendly Cosmo only has 103 calories and one carb per serving, and consistently ranks as one of the best low calorie vodka cocktail recipes around. Mix one and a half ounces of vodka, one ounce of sugar free cranberry juice, one tablespoon lime juice, two to three drops of orange extract, one drop liquid stevia, and a lime wedge.
Never feel deprived on your ketogenic diet with these keto cocktails. You can smartly sip while losing weight!