While alcohol can make us more prone to cheat on a diet, sometimes we just need a good cocktail…and now more than ever, we need that good cocktail! As we know, alcohol typically packs a significant number of carbs which you’d think would make cocktails a hard no for the keto community. Thankfully, there are more than a few ways to cut the carbs and enjoy a delicious drink here and there without sacrificing your goals.
Beer and Wine
Beer should to be avoided on keto, because the wheat and barley that’s the typical beer starter makes it high in carbs, well, from the start. If you’re a beer lover, you might want to try Hard Kombucha that starts with tea and is a keto favorite. I like the KYLA and Flying Embers brands.
Wine for the most part, in moderation, comes in at under 1g of carbs per ounce and are acceptable on keto. Best of the bunch? Pinot Noir and Pinot Blanc. I’m a fan of Dry Farm Wines because not only are their varieties organic and biodynamic, the founders are keto and test each batch in a lab to ensure quality.
Tequila and Vodka are your best bets – though most liquors are carb and sugar-free. What’s imperative is that if you’re adding a mixer, make sure they’re sugar-free or stick with sparkling water. Vodka and Le Croix (I love the Key Lime or Berry) is refreshing and delicious.
Now, if you love your margaritas and mojitos and normally sugar-laden cocktails, I’ve got you covered. Thanks to sugar alternatives, you can whip up keto-friendly simple syrup (for mojitos) and even a keto triple sec for margaritas, cosmopolitans and more. Below are a few of my favorites…you’re welcome!
Low Carb Vodka Mojitos
- 1 cup club soda
- 1 cup vodka
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
Mint-Infused Simple Syrup
- 1/2 cup Swerve confectioner's sweetener or powdered erythritol
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup mint leaves tightly packed
- 5 - 10 drops liquid stevia optional
- First, make the syrup. Over medium heat, mix water and powdered erythritol until dissolved.
- Add mint leaves and bring to a boil.
- Once boiling, bring heat down to a simmer and steep for 5 minutes.
- Remove from heat and allow mixture to cool. If you want the syrup sweeter, add stevia. Test it first...I usually don't add the stevia however I prefer this less sweet.
- Once simple syrup is cool, combine mint-infused syrup, vodka, lime juice and club soda in a pitcher.
- Stir well.
- Serve in ice-filled glasses. Garnish with lime and extra mint sprigs.
Keto Coconut Margaritas
- 2 shots tequila
- 2 - 3 pumps sugar-free coconut syrup I used Torani
- 1 cup Mango La Croix
- 1/2 lime juiced
- Fill cocktail shaker halfway with ice.
- Add ice to shaker to fill halfway. Add tequila, syrup and lime juice and shake well.
- Top with La Croix. (I initially made the mistake of adding the La Croix before shaking in the video - do NOT do that, unless you want a mess)
- Pour into glass, garnish with lime slices and enjoy!
Keto Blackberry Margaritas
- 2 oz Tequila
- 1.5 oz Keto Cointreau see below
- 1/2 lime juiced
- 2 - 3 blackberries plus more for garnish
- 4 oranges
- 2 lemons
- 1 cup good quality vodka
- 1/2 cup brandy
- 2 tbsp keto-friendly sweetener I prefer Swerve
- 1/2 tsp orange extract optional
- First, make the Keto Cointreau, which you will have to prep in advance! I got this recipe from the fabulous Boozy Ketones. They are legit geniuses.
- Peel the rinds from lemons and oranges (making sure to avoid as much of the white pith as possible) and put them in a large mason jar. Leave at least an inch of room at the top of the jar.
- Add liquors, seal the lid and let the mixture steep on a shelf for 2 weeks. I know. But it's worth it.
- After two weeks, drain the liquid, add sweetener and orange extract and voila! Keto Cointreau.
- Now, for the margaritas:Muddle blackberries in bottom of a glass and add a few ice cubes.
- In a cocktail shaker, add 1/2 cup of ice, tequila, Keto cointreau and juice of 1/2 lime.
- Pour into glass, garnish with whole berries!
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A single mom, Lolita lives beachside in Los Angeles with her teen sons. She’s perfected the art of crafting delicious keto cocktails (and meals to go with them).