Everyone wonders if they can drink on a ketogenic diet. The low-carb diet allows foods such as bacon, cheese, and desserts, so it should allow alcohol too, right? Well, not quite. Alcohol should generally be avoided if you’re on a low-carb diet because it affects your rate of ketosis. While not all drinks will kick you out of ketosis, some can do it, especially if you drink a lot of them. A glass of wine or light beer is OK, but regular beer and cocktails should be avoided. Well, unless you learn how to make your delicious keto cocktails at home.
Armed with these cocktails and a customized keto diet plan, you can conquer the low daily carb allotment and still enjoy life with a margarita in your hand. A glass of the tasty famous cocktail has too many carbs, but you can switch some ingredients to keep the carb count low and enjoy the same kick.
These recipes are similar to the dirty keto diet plan which allows you to eat anything if you stay in the macronutrient ratio. Thanks to the DIY cocktail recipes we have for you below, you will stay under 50 gr. per day and enjoy your favorite cocktails.
DIY Keto Cocktails Recipes
Low-Carb Margaritas Keto Cocktail
- 3 oz. white tequila
- 2 oz. fresh lime juice
- 1 tablespoon Swerve
- ½ tablespoon orange extract
- Cosher salt
- Crushed ice
Mix the tequila, orange extract, lime juice, and Swerve in a shaker. Do your magic and fill two glasses halfway with crushed ice, then pour the tasty keto ‘ritas in. Enjoy!
Low-Carb Sparkling Sangria
Raise your hand if you’re a sangria fan. We know we are! The special Spanish alcoholic beverage is a favorite of thousands, but unfortunately, it’s not among the keto-friendly drinks. It’s loaded with carbs so it’s not exactly the friendliest keto drink. Unless you learn how to do it right at home. Take a look at this DIY sangria recipe and enjoy your favorite Spanish drink.
- ½ cup frozen or pureed peaches
- ½ cup vodka
- ¼ cup bourbon
- ¼ cup Torani sugar mango-flavored syrup
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 cans mandarin-flavored seltzer
- 2 tablespoons sugar substitute (Swerve)
Mix everything in a pitcher, stir well, and serve over ice. You can use a few raspberries as garnish.
- 2 oz. bourbon
- 1-inch vanilla bean split in half
- Small piece of orange peel
- ½ tablespoon sugar-free vanilla syrup
- 2 drops orange extract
- Club soda
Put the vanilla bean and orange peel at the bottom of a wide bourbon glass. Pour in the bourbon, syrup, and extract, add some ice, top with the club soda. Enjoy your keto old-fashioned.
Hibiscus Tea Keto Cocktail
Teas are great when you’re on a ketogenic diet. They are low in carbs and you can pick from plenty of variants. A keto tea is even more exciting and tasty when you use it in a cocktail. Here’s how:
- 4 hibiscus tea bags
- 2 cups boiling water
- 1 shot of vodka
- Stevia drops
- Fresh lime or lemon juice
- Sparkling water
Make the tea first and let it cool down. Pour it in a glass, add the vodka, a squeeze of lime, stevia drops to taste, and top with sparkling water. Stir everything well and garnish with a slice of orange. There you have it – alcohol-infused low-carb keto tea! 😉
Low-Carb Keto Strawberry Mojito Cocktail
Even the name rhymes – that’s how great this low-carb version of a favorite is. The Cuban classic is fun and colorful, but most importantly, very low on carbs. It truly is one of the best keto cocktails you can have.
- 2 oz. raspberry syrup
- 2 oz. white rum
- ½ a cup crushed ice
- 2 oz. sparkling water
- Mint sprigs and fresh raspberries for garnish
You can make your own raspberry syrup for this drink. Add ½ a cup of fresh raspberries in ½ a cup of water along with 3 tablespoons of liquid stevia. Bring everything to a boil and muddle the raspberries nicely, then let the syrup cool down.
Add some mint leaves in a cocktail glass, then add the rum, sparkling water, and syrup in that order. Stir gently and well, then top the cocktail with mint sprigs and crushed ice. Enjoy your keto strawberry mojito.