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9 Low-Carb Alcoholic Drinks for a Healthy Pour

April 2, 2024
Courtesy of Moody Mixologist

If you’re following a low-carb diet, you’ve probably already figured out some key hacks to adjust your favorite recipes. You know how to make pizza, pancakes, and desserts that work in your low-carb lifestyle. Good news: the same is true for low-carb alcoholic drinks.

There are a lot of ways to make delicious low-carb cocktails, and they’re simpler than you might think. With a few clever swaps, you can make low-sugar cocktails without lots of extra work — and without sacrificing taste. 

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1. Keto Old Fashioned 

Low-Carb Alcoholic Drinks: Old Fashioned

Courtesy of Keto Connect

The standard Old Fashioned is simple: sugar, bitters, whiskey, and water. This version uses a brown sugar replacement syrup, which you make with stevia and water, along with a smidge of molasses and xanthan gum.

Try this recipe from Keto Connect.

2. Low Carb Lemon Drop

low carb lemon drop cocktail

Courtesy of My Life Cookbook

If you can make this recipe when milder, sweeter Meyer lemons are in season, it’s extra special. But regular lemons will do the trick when combined with a low-carb vodka. The sugar substitute in this recipe is a confectioner sugar made with erythritol.

Try this recipe from My Life Cookbook.

3. Keto Tequila Sunrise

Low-Carb Alcoholic Drinks: Tequila Sunrise

Courtesy of Tasty Low Carb

Though it’s just as pretty as the classic recipe, this is definitely not your typical tequila sunrise. You make this one with low-sugar orange juice from your local grocery store and French sugar-free grenadine syrup.

Try this recipe from Tasty Low Carb.

4. Low Carb Lavender Martini

Low-Carb Alcoholic Drinks: lavender martini

Courtesy of Divalicious Recipes

A simple syrup made with allulose and lavender is the key to this elegant twist on a classic martini. There’s a subtle flowery taste in each sip — but you can always cut back on the lavender if it’s too fragrant. Lemon juice and vodka complete this keto cocktail

Try this recipe from Divalicious Recipes.

5. Blueberry Ranch Water

Low-Carb Alcoholic drinks: keto blueberry ranch water

Courtesy of Moody Mixologist

Find the Mexican sparkling mineral water Topo Chico; you’ll need it for this refreshing, light, bubbly cocktail. Quickly infuse tequila with blueberries, which adds a purple-blue hue and a fruity flavor, then top it with the Topo. This cocktail is naturally sweet, with no sugar added at all. 

Try this recipe from Moody Mixologist.

6. Keto Negroni

Low-Carb Alcoholic Drinks: Negroni

Courtesy of I Hacked Diabetes

With a clever substitution, a classic Italian cocktail becomes a staple low-carb alcoholic drink Ditch the Campari and sweet vermouth for pomegranate juice, keep the gin, and you’ve got a cocktail that retains the taste and vibe of the original. 

Try this recipe from I Hacked Diabetes.

7. Keto White Russian

Low-Carb Alcoholic cocktails: keto white russian

Courtesy of Divalicious Recipes

This cocktail requires a little bit of kitchen tinkering before mixing it up. Caveat: You need to prep some low-carb Kahlua in order to make this cocktail, but it doesn’t take much time and you can use it right away. Combine it with heavy cream and vodka, and you’re good to go. Use coconut cream instead for a tropical sip.

Try this recipe from Divalicious Recipes.

8. Vodka and Berries 

Low-Carb Alcoholic Drinks: berries and vodka

Courtesy of Wonky Wonderful

Here’s an attractive low-carb alcoholic drink that’s so easy, and yet so good. Made simply with frozen berries, sparkling water, vodka, and some monkfruit or erythritol sweetener, it’s refreshingly no-fuss. Mix up the berries and the sparkling water flavor to suit your preferences. 

Try this recipe from Wonky Wonderful.

9. Low Carb White Sangria

Low-Carb Alcoholic Drinks: low-carb sangria

Courtesy of I Hacked Diabetes

Put a low-sugar white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc in sangria, and it works with low-carb eating. Finish it with berries, sparkling water, and a splash of white rum.  

Try this recipe from I Hacked Diabetes.

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