The keto diet promotes healthy weight loss, but alcohol definitely does not help with this. People have noticed that the more alcohol they drink, the slower they lose weight. That is because the liver processes the alcohol as soon as it gets in the body. It is burned first before anything else – before glucose from carbohydrates or lipids from fats. Alcoholic drinks are also called “empty calories,” because the calories that they provide to the body contains very little nutrients.
A lot of people on a keto diet have observed that they get drunk faster than the usual. If you are on a keto diet and planning to go out for a drink, be very careful. You may only need half as much of your usual drink to get intoxicated. This can save you money, but getting easily intoxicated may also increase your risk of injury. Keep in mind not to drink and drive, especially if it is your first time drinking while on a keto diet.
Drinking is part of socializing and relaxing. It can be hard to totally get rid of it. So, here are keto-diet-friendly alcoholic beverages that you can enjoy.
Keto-Friendly Alcoholic Beverages
If you want alcoholic beverages with no carbs at all, these are you’re go-to:
Some really well-known brands of whiskey include Jack Daniel’s, Johnnie Walker, Jameson Irish Whiskey, Wild Turkey, Jim Beam, Chivas Regal, The Famous Grouse, Canadian Club, Justerini & Brooks or J&B, and Southern Comfort.
For brandy, top choices for people are Emperador, Old Admiral Brandy, Dreher, McDowell’s No. 1 Brandy, Martell, Remy Martin, Paul Masson Grande Amber, Courvoisier, Torres Brandy, Old Kenigsberg
Bacardi, Tanduay, McDowell’s No. 1 Celebration, Captain Morgan, Havana Club, Barcelo, Contessa, Old Port Rum, Ron Medellin, Appleton Estate are some of the best-selling rum in the world.
People have good things to say for these tequila brands: Jose Cuervo, Sauza, Patron, Don Julio, El Jimador, Hornitos, Cazcanes Organic Blanco, Tapatio Excelencia, Espolòn Tequila Reposado, Casa Dragones
Gordon’s, Bombay Sapphire, Tanqueray, Beefeater, Seagram’s, Larios, Hendrick’s, Gin Mare are some of the best-selling international gin brands
Well-known brands of vodka in the market include, Ketel One, Absolut, Smirnoff, Skyy, Ciroc, Grey Goose, Stolichnaya, Svedka
7. Skinny Bitch
This one is not a type of alcohol beverage but rather a combination of vodka, soda water, and lime. This one is included in the list as it contains zero carbs.
8. Dry Martini
Likewise, a cocktail of dry martini contains zero carbs. It could either be made with a gin or vodka garnished with an olive or a lemon twist.
Pure spirits contain zero grams of carbs, making them perfect for those on a keto-diet. Make sure that you keep them “pure.” Do not add any soft drinks, juice, or other sweeteners. Adding them will surely add grams of carbohydrates in your drink, and you do not want that.
If you are not a fan of hard alcohol, here are beverages that taste exquisite but contains very little amount of carbs.
1. Champagne or dry sparkling wine
1 glass filled with 120 ml of champagne or sparkling wine contains about 1.6 grams of carbs only. Champagne is a sparkling wine made from France. Other sparkling wines made outside of France cannot be called “champagne.” Other famous sparkling wines are Cava (from Spain) and Prosecco (Italy). These two are also less expensive compared to Champagne. Whatever you prefer, look for the driest versions as they have the least carbohydrates.
2. Dry wine (red or white)
1 standard serving (5 oz.) of dry red or white wine would give you about 2 grams of net carbs. The drier the wine, the lesser the carbs. All dry wines fit well within a keto diet.
Here is a list of low-carb beers that wouldn’t make you feel guilty for drinking while on a diet.
1. Marston’s Resolution – 1.65 g carbs (275 ml)
2. Budweiser Select 55 – 1.9 g carbs (355 ml)
3. Sleeman Clear 2.0 – 2 g carbs (355 ml)
4. Miller 64 – 2.4 g carbs (355 ml)
5. NIXE Extra Dry – 2.49 g carbs (330 ml)
6. Michelob Ultra – 2.6 g carbs (355 ml)
7. Corona Premier – 2.6 g carbs – (355 ml)
8. Pig’s Eye Lean Light – 2.6 g carbs (355 ml)
9. Natural Light – 3.2 g carbs (355 ml)
10. Michelob Ultra Amber – 3.2 g carbs (355 ml)
11. Miller Lite – 3.2 g carbs (355 ml)
12. Busch Light – 3.2 g carbs (355 ml)
13. Milwaukee’s Best Light – 3.5 g carbs (355 ml)
14. Beck’s Premier Light – 3.9 g carbs (355 ml)
15. Coors Light – 5 g carbs (355 ml)
16. Corona Light – 5 g carbs (355 ml)
17. Amstel Light – 5 g carbs (355 ml)
18. Genesee Light – 5.5 g carbs (355 ml)
Alcoholic Beverages to Avoid
Beers that are high in carbs
1. Leinenkugel’s Berry Weiss – 28 g carbs (355 ml)
2. New Belgium 1554 – 25 g carbs (355 ml)
3. Sierra Nevada Stout – 22.3 (355 ml)
4. Budweiser & Clamato Chelada – 20.3 g carbs (355 ml)
5. Sam Adams Boston Ale – 19.9 g carbs (355 ml)
6. Leinenkugel’s 1888 Bock – 18 g carbs (355 ml)
7. Sam Adams Boston Lager – 18 g carbs (355 ml)
8. Michelob Honey Wheat – 17.9 carbs (355 ml)
9. Pilsner Urquell – 16 g carbs (355 ml)
10. Grolsch Blonde Lager – 15.8 g carbs (355 ml)
Other drinks that are high in carbs
The carbohydrates content is based on the standard serving of a drink that you’ll get when you order in a bar.
1. Bloody Mary – 7 g of carbs
2. Margarita – 8 g of carbs
3. Gin & Tonic – 16 g of carbs
4. Cosmopolitan – 13 g of carbs
5. White Russian – 17 g of carbs
6. Vodka & orange juice – 28 g of carbs
7. Rum & Coke – 39 g of carbs
Likewise, avoid ciders. They are usually very sweet, an indicator that they have high sugar and carbohydrates content. A lot of ciders have more than 10 grams of carbs per 355 ml serving.