Finding the right low carb cocktails can be tricky, especially because of the stigma that all alcohol will be detrimental to your waistline!
However, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to learn that there are plenty of DELICIOUS low carb recipes as far as cocktails go. Seriously, you won’t be able to taste the difference between these low carb drinks and the traditional recipes!
For those who think low carb alcohol is a myth, I’m happy to debunk that for you with these incredibly tasty healthy drinks that’ll have you eager for your next night on the town!
Let’s do this!
Cheers friends! Here are the 6 best low carb cocktails:
1. Keto Mojito
The good news about mojitos is that they’re comprised mostly of fresh ingredients—lime juice, light rum, fresh mint, and club soda. There are no carbs in rum, which is helpful to us low carb enthusiasts!
The only additive to a mojito that can become a carb-question is the sugar — Which is why I tossed my fave keto sweetener into this low carb mojito to help avoid the issue altogether!
2. Low Carb Margarita
One of the dangers of ordering a margarita out is not knowing how much sugar is used in the mix. While we all love a delicious, refreshing marg on hot summer days, the carbs in this drink aren’t worth the trouble!
The good news is, you can whip up a fresh low carb margarita to sub the store bought mix in a few quick minutes. Sure to quench your thirst on a sunny day!
3. Keto Moscow Mule
Despite how fancy they look, Moscow mules are SO easy to throw together!
Sweet, with a bit of tang from the lime, and vodka, you’re going to love this keto Moscow mule just as much as the traditional recipe. Pour it in a copper mug and your guests will never know the difference. Cheers!
4. Keto White Russian
White Russians are an after-dinner drink that makes for the perfect dessert substitute!
You might be scratching your head a bit when it comes to a keto white Russian, mainly because the ingredients are sweet and loaded with sugar. In fact, just one 1.5 ounce pour of coffee liqueur can have almost the same amount of sugar as an 8-ounce glass of soda!
But don’t worry — we’ll use low carb milk that’ll have this tasting like the original recipe in no time!
5. Low Carb Mulled Wine
Another holiday favorite is mulled wine, otherwise known as Glogg.
Mulled wine was made popular in Scandinavia when messengers and postmen traveling on skis or horseback needed a way to keep warm through the cold weather. Thus, a winter favorite.
The spices are truly what make a mulled wine recipe flavorful—star anise, cloves, and cinnamon sticks — this low carb mulled wine recipe tastes very similar to a traditional recipe with minimal substitutions!
6. Keto Eggnog
Adults have relied on this deliciously creamy beverage to get them through many holidays, especially when family comes to town.
For us low carb-ers who don’t want to miss out on the festivities, here’s a simple solution for Keto eggnog that’s SO good, you’ll want to drink it year-round!
For us low carb-ers, going out and enjoying yourself can still be an option, especially when you know what your keto alcohol drink options are.
While we can’t guarantee a bar is going to have a Keto Eggnog recipe raring to go, there are still many other choices:
- Dry martini is a perfect option for a no-sugar-added beverage.
- Vodka and soda water with lime will have low calories and low carbs.
- Carbs in gin are few and far between, too, which means when pairing with soda water rather than tonic water, you’re on the right track.
- Straight alcohol on the rocks as long as there are no added mixers like juice or liqueurs.
For those who want to add a mixer to their alcohol, try a diet soda like diet cola or ginger ale, for all the taste without the sugar.
If you’re looking for low carb cocktails that are a little less fancy, you have PLENTY to choose from. Here are some low carb choices:
- Spiked seltzers – My new fave drink are these low carb alcoholic drinks in a can. You’ve definitely seen or heard of them — White Claw, Truly, and Bon and Viv. There are countless options to choose from, but my favorite is Bon and Viv! Check nutrition labels on the cans, as the carb counts will vary. Typically, they have between 2-4 carbs per can.
- Low carb beer – There are loads of lower-carb beer options lining the shelves — Light beer is a common choice for those who prefer to limit their carb intake while drinking. Check out Coors light, Bud light for around 5g carbs a pop. Carbs in beer, especially craft beer, tend to be quite high.
- Low carb wine –avoid any wines considered to be dessert wines. These are riddled with sugar.
When making your own low carb cocktails, keep in mind that pure alcohol has zero carbs — that means your standard vodka, gin, tequila, brandy, and whiskey, for instance, will be fine on their own, or with a few cubes of ice.
You’ll want to avoid liqueurs whenever possible. Liqueurs are often heavily sweetened which means the sugar content can be through the roof.
That said, low carb cocktails can still have tons of flavor, especially when paired with:
- Diet sodas
- Sugar-free cranberry juice
- Naturally squeezed lemon or lime
More Low Carb Drink Recipes
Loving these low carb drink options? Think beyond cocktail hour friends, there are SO many more options for you:
- Low carb hot chocolate. Cold weather treat!
- Low carb milkshake. Just as creamy and delicious as the traditional kind.
- Sugar free pumpkin spiced latte. Starbucks, who?
- Low carb green smoothie. Healthy and energizing.
- Low carb breakfast smoothie. Our favorite way to start the day.
So there you have it, all of the classics turned into low carb cocktails.
Have a few more suggestions on low carb cocktails? Leave a comment below and share it with us! Cheers!