Take away your carbs and sugar— Not your booze!
If you’re trying to cut back on sugar, fruity or sweetened drinks are usually off-limits. There are exceptions, however—such as these 5 low-carb and keto-friendly cocktails, which let you enjoy the sweet sips on the weekends without freaking out over carb counts.
Gin & Tonic
Gin and tonic is a simple and delicious drink, with just a few ingredients you can enjoy a refreshing cocktail. They’re crisp and cool, but tonic water is loaded with carbs. It contains 32 grams per 12-ounce can! Just swap out soda water for your tonic, and you’ll get the flavor without hurting your diet efforts.
How to make: Mix one jigger of gin with soda water, add a squeeze of lemon or lime and serve over ice.
The regular mojito will call for syrup as a sweetener. Just switch to diet lemon-lime soda instead and you’ll get the sweetness without the carbs.
How to make: Mix one jigger of rum, fresh lime juice, and diet lemon-lime soda. Pour onto muddled mint leaves. Then pour over ice.
When you’re using diet cola, you can turn any simple favorite into a low-carb. Despite its sweet flavor, rum doesn’t contain any carbs either!
How to make: Mix your favorite unflavored rum with diet cola and serve over ice.
Keto Bloody Mary
The classic bloody mary has gone keto thanks to this recipe
4 ounces unsweetened tomato vegetable juice (I used V-8 Classic)
2 ounces vodka
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 teaspoons (or more) prepared horseradish
1/4 teaspoon Tabasco sauce
1/2 teaspoon sugar substitute
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
How to make: Combine all of the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with 5 cubes of ice. Shake well. Strain into a 10-ounce highball glass filled with ice. Garnish with celery and olives.
Frozen Skinny Margarita
This keto-friendly and paleo-approved frozen margarita taste as good as it looks. For this recipe, you need a blender and a lot of ice to give this cocktail an irresistibly creamy texture.
3-4 ounces tequila
1 teaspoon orange zest or 1/2 teaspoon orange extract
2 cups ice as needed
1/2 cup lime juice
Sweetener to taste
How to make: Get your glasses ready first by running a lime wedge through the rim and dipping it in salt. Set aside. Add all ingredients to a blender. Blend until slushy inconsistency, adding more ice as necessary and sweetener to taste. Garnish with some lemon wedges and kosher salt.