Keto Alcohol: 5 Best Low-Carb Keto Alcoholic Drinks

    After the main keto questions, “How do I get into ketosis?” and “What can I eat on a keto diet?” the next question is usually “Can you drink alcohol on keto?”

    In one word, “Yes!”

    Here’s the thing about alcohol and a keto diet – you don’t have to stay sober and stop drinking alcohol just because you’re following a low-carb high-fat diet.

    However, there are some alcoholic beverages on a ketogenic diet that are completely off-limits and then there are the more keto-friendly drinks that are unlikely to kick you out of ketosis if you drink sensibly and in moderation.

    The keto diet is better than other diets for a number of reasons.

    There are so many benefits of going keto, and one of them is that yes, you can drink alcohol on keto.

    But what is the best and worst alcohol on keto?

    The Best And Worst Alcohol On Keto – The Lowdown

    The first thing to remember is just because you can drink alcohol on a keto diet it doesn’t mean that it’s a weight-loss aid.

    In fact, the more you drink, the more likely it is that your weight loss progress will slow down.

    This is not because keto-friendly alcoholic drinks are calorific, it’s because before burning anything else your body burns alcohol, which puts the fat-burning process on the back burner.

    Obviously, there are some better keto-friendly alcoholic drinks than others (think low carb).

    Wine, compared to beer, is generally considerably lower in carbs, which is why many people following a keto diet choose wine as their go-to alcoholic beverage.

    Also, what’s more, pure spirits, such as vodka, gin, and whiskey have zero carbs, but it’s important to watch out for the mixers, as this is where many people go wrong.

    Wine And Beer On A Keto Diet

    Even when you’re following a strict ketogenic diet and restrict yourself to 20 net grams of carbs per day, it’s most likely that you can enjoy a glass of wine on a regular basis.

    Dry wine is probably the best wine to drink on keto, as it has less than 0.5 grams of sugar in every glass.

    The other carbs that makeup wine are usually the leftovers from the fermentation process, such as glycerol, which usually doesn’t have any effect on your blood sugar or insulin.

    As the name suggests, sweet wines and dessert wines, contain more sugar, and therefore more carbs, so if you’re going to drink wine on a low carb diet, go for drier verities, such as pinot noir, merlot, and Chardonnay.

    Drinking beer on keto is more problematic.

    The term “beer belly” is no lie.

    Beer contains a plethora of carbs that are rapidly digested once consumed.

    This is why beer is a drink you need to avoid if you’re on a low-carb diet like a ketogenic one, as it’s a terrible thing for weight control.

    Spirits On A Keto Diet

    Believe it or not pure spirits on a keto diet are fine.

    Whiskey, vodka, brandy, tequila, gin, plus a few others don’t contain any carbs.

    What makes drinking spirits on keto problematic are the sugary mixers that are often mixed with them.

    Take Gin and Tonics for example.

    A nice refreshing glass of gin and tonic is one of the most popular mixed alcoholic beverages.

    The name ‘tonic water’ also makes it appear seemingly healthy, but did you know that a regular Gin and Tonic contains around 16 grams of sugar?

    However, if you remember to order a gin and diet tonic instead of a regular tonic, you won’t have that carb problem.

    Diet tonics and soda waters are far better to mix your drinks with, and if you can’t stand the taste of soda water, squeeze a little lime in there too to add some flavor.

    Just be aware that the absolute worst thing you can do is to mix your alcohol with regular sodas, fruit juice, or worse energy drinks – they’re total sugar bombs!

    Alcopops And Keto

    Alcopops and wine coolers pretty much fall into the same category.

    At face value, they may seem harmless, but technically they’re exactly the same as regular sodas, but just with alcohol added to them.

    Therefore if you are following a ketogenic diet, they should be avoided, as you want to avoid consuming sugar.

    The Best Alcoholic Drinks on Keto

    So, now that you know that you can drink alcohol on a ketogenic diet from time to time, which are the best alcoholic drinks for keto?

    1. Champagne and Prosecco

    Special occasions on keto can still be celebrated with the world’s favorite bubbly.

    From champagne to Prosecco to Cava, depending on your price point, it’s still possible to toast special occasions on keto.

    The majority of dry sparkling wines contain only 1 gram of net carbs per glass, which will allow you to enjoy the celebrations without the guilt.

    2. Dry Wines

    Wine has been part of civilization for thousands of years.

    It’s great as a standalone drink or paired with food.

    And with only 2 grams of net carbs per glass, you can’t really go wrong!

    3. Whiskey

    Mark Twain once famously said, “Too much of anything is bad, but too much good whiskey is barely enough”.

    While Twain probably had no clue about keto, what he said is 100% true when it comes to whiskey and keto.

    Drink it with soda, water or on the rocks, it doesn’t matter because a good pure whiskey has no carbs.

    And despite it being made from fermented grains, it’s still gluten-free.

    4. Dry Martini

    Whether you like your martini shaken or stirred, it doesn’t matter.

    This powerful tasting drink made out of gin, vodka or both and garnished with a twist of lemon or an olive will always remain as one of the most loved aperitifs ever.

    And better still it doesn’t contain any carbs!

    5. Skinny Bitch

    Think along the ‘Housewives of LA and you’ll get the gist.

    The skinny bitch cocktail is the alcoholic drink that’s taken over GnTs.

    One long cocktail contains no carbs at all, so it’s no wonder ladies around the globe are sitting back without a care in the world as they sip on this sparkling and refreshing vodka-based drink.

    Drinking Alcohol On A Keto Diet – Final Thoughts

    When drinking, whether you’re on a diet or not, it should always be done in moderation.

    However, it’s important to note that people who follow keto usually have a lower alcohol tolerance than people that don’t follow it, so caution must always be taken.

    You can drink alcohol on keto, but if your drinks do contain even just a few carbs, they will add up the more you drink, so it doesn’t give you a license to drink whatever you want.

    Jennifer Moore
    Welcome! My name is Jennifer and I am a Keto Addict. I've been super into the Ketogenic Diet ever since I tried it to lose weight. It not only helped with my weight loss goals but also helped me live a more happy, healthy and inspired life.

    Leave a Reply

    Related Articles

    Keto Sweet & Spicy Chicken with Shrimp

    Keto Sweet & Spicy Chicken with Shrimp 2 Chicken Breasts (around 10 oz) (boneless, skinless)20 large Shrimp (around 10 oz)9 oz Mushrooms2 cups...

    Keto Tuna Avocado Salad

    A classic simple tuna and avocado salad made with canned tuna, celery, avocado, egg. Super delicious with only 5g of net carbs, this is a...

    Keto Herbed Scrambled Eggs Recipe

    Want the perfect keto breakfast? All you need is butter and eggs. Boost your metabolism and stay satisfied with this keto-friendly breakfast classic. Keto...

    Keto Goat Cheese Frittata with Spinach

    Frittatas are an excellent healthy keto dinner or breakfast that are low-carb, high-protein and loaded with nutrients. These Keto Goat Cheese and Spinach Frittatas are...

    Are Carbs Really That Bad for You — or Not?

    So, unless you've been living under a rock I'm sure you've heard about the keto or ketogenic diet. But What is Keto? Well, it's no surprise...

    7 Best Keto Supplements

    These are the 7 best keto supplements you should consider taking if you're on a ketogenic diet. As keto continues to grow, and therefore interest...

    Keto Fruit: 15 Healthy and Nutritious Keto-Friendly Fruits

    Wondering what low-carb keto fruit options you have available while on the keto diet? Because of its high carb content, fruits are usually not on...

    Keto Diet Cheat Sheet to Get Into Ketosis Fast

    Have you ever noticed how people have the curious ability to take something simple and make it horrendously complicated? Nowhere is this propensity more pronounced...

    Delicious Keto Stuffed Bacon Burgers

    Why not? Bacon and burgers are a match made in heaven. These Keto Stuffed Bacon Burgers are simple, easy and bursting with delicious flavor. The inside...

    Keto Alcohol: 5 Best Low-Carb Keto Alcoholic Drinks

    After the main keto questions, “How do I get into ketosis?” and “What can I eat on a keto diet?” the next question is...

    Keto Sausage & Egg with Cheese

    Keto Sausage & Egg with Cheese 3 oz Breakfast Sausage1 large Egg1 tbsp Olive Oil1 slice Cheddar CheeseChives/Spring Onions (to garnish) Heat a skillet...

    Keto Shrimp and Mushroom Zoodle Stir Fry (Zucchini Noodles)

    One of my stable low-carb dinner recipes that is easy to make an extremely versatile - keto shrimp and mushroom with zucchini noodles. I've given...

    The BEST Keto Donut Hole Recipe

    The BEST Keto Donut Holes that are an easy-to-make, extremely comforting sweet treat for your low carb diet! Sometimes you just want to bake something...

    The BEST Keto Cornbread Recipe

    A delicious, healthy keto cornbread made with almond and coconut flour that is just as good as the real thing! Sometimes you have to have...

    5-Ingredient Roasted Cauliflower Hummus (Low Carb Recipe)

    Our Roasted Cauliflower Hummus is the PERFECT healthy snack, appetizer or spread when combined with some low carb vegetables. This is the kind of dip...

    Keto Chai Spice Mug Cake

    Keto Chai Spice Mug Cake 1 large Egg2 tbsp Butter2 tbsp Almond Flour1 tbsp Stevia7 drops Liquid Stevia1/2 tsp Baking Powder1/4 tsp Cinnamon1/4...

    Keto Lunch Ideas: 9+ Best Keto Lunch Recipes for Weight Loss

    9+ fast, filling and totally delicious keto lunch ideas to lose weight. Lunch can be one of the most difficult meals to plan for on...

    Easy Keto Chaffle Recipe (ZERO Net Carbs!)

    Who said you can’t enjoy the deliciousness of a waffle if you’re following a Keto or low-carb diet? Actually – you can! Ever heard of...

    Creamy Low Carb Keto Chia Porridge (Breakfast Recipe)

    Start your day off right with this creamy, warming and healthy keto chia porridge. Topped with delicious roasted coconut, pecans and hemp seeds this chia...

    Delicious Keto Cornbread Recipe (3g Net Carbs!)

    Ah, cornbread… too bad it’s not a great dish if you’re trying to follow the keto diet! But wait a minute… is there such a...