Unlike many diets, having a couple of keto friendly mixed drinks and staying in Ketosis is easy as long as you know what to look for.
While Thom the Keto Guy does miss his beer sometimes, there are still plenty of choices for low calorie low carb cocktails .
But beware, drinking may begin to affect you differently when you are on the Keto diet.
Your tolerance may be decreased with weight loss and the metabolic changes your body is going through. You may find yourself more impaired than you used to before Keto...and that's okay as long as you aren't overdoing it on a regular basis.
If you want to learn more about how booze affects Ketosis you can check out this post: Keto: Drinking and Ketosis.
Pro tip: You can add a ketones drink mix to any of these to boost ketones and electrolytes.
About Keto Cocktail Recipes:
Who doesn't love a good cocktail? The problem is that cocktails are often loaded with sugar and other not-so-healthy ingredients.
That's where this post comes in! Here you'll find some of the best keto cocktails and versions of your favorite drink recipes, perfect for any party or night at home.
We've got everything from mojitos to margaritas, so let's get started!
These should be a good start for your low carb nights with friends.
Obligatory statement...Please drink responsibly and shake your booty with abandon to make the whole thing more fun.
Important: How to stay in Ketosis while having Keto Cocktails...
I know you want to get to the recipes but this is important if you want to stay in ketosis while you are enjoying low carb cocktails.
- Eat a low carb / high fat snack or dinner BEFORE you start drinking to avoid the carb cravings while your inhibitions are lowered.
- Have some high fat / low carb snacks on hand in case you do get hungry.
- If you are having a crowd over, make some crowd friendly appetizers ahead of time. Savory flavors go great with cocktails.
- Drink lots of water before bed and take an electrolyte supplement if you tend to get cramps while in Ketosis. Adding a splash of lemon juice to your water helps give you a little vitamin c boost too.
- If you are going out instead of making your own drinks, avoid sugary mixers, simple syrups and pineapple cocktails.
- Order keto approved alcoholic drinks that contain hard liquors like gin and tonic or vodka soda with a twist.
- Dry white wine or red wine like pinot noir or Merlot typically have less carbs than light beer.
- Keto alcohol mixed drinks at bars are possible- just ask your bartender if they have any "Skinny Drinks".
Keto Friendly Margarita:
This post is for all the Keto dieters out there who have been scolded by the Keto cops about margaritas.
I'm here to tell you that now you can drink them guilt-free! The keto margarita combines tequila and lime juice with other keto friendly ingredients so you can have a special treat this weekend. It's all about the low carb swaps and this margi has only 3 grams of carbs.
So enjoy yourself with a keto margarita and let the Keto police stew in their own juices for a while. If you want you can even add this lemon ketone drink mix to your margarita. It's delicious and boosts ketones.
And, if you REALLY love Margaritas, check out our Low Carb Margarita Shrimp (OMG).
Low Carb Cosmopolitan:
If you love drinking Cosmopolitans but hate the guilt of indulging in such a high carb cocktail this recipe is for you.
Are you looking for an alternative to alcohol that will still satisfy your craving for a fruity mix of vodka and cranberry juice? This Keto Cosmo recipe is perfect! It's made with Ketosis-friendly ingredients. You'll be able to enjoy this drink while it helps keep you on track with your diet.
Keto Skinny Mojito:
Have you ever wanted to be a bartender? No matter the answer, when you "do" Keto, sometimes you have to know how to make your own keto mixed drinks.
Nowadays, it seems like every second person has their own specialty drink and I've got the perfect solution for your ketosis needs- try our Keto Mojito.
It's low carb and keto friendly so that means no sugar, but don't worry because it tastes just as good as the original mojito. Low in carbs doesn't mean low in taste!
Keto Mojitos sound amazing, right?! Get the recipe here…
Ketofied Moscow Mule:
A Keto Moscow Mule is the perfect drink for your low-carbness.
It has five ingredients including the ice, so you won't have to spend hours making it, and it's low in carbs!
You can enjoy this refreshing cocktail guilt-free while still sticking to your diet. By using keto-friendly ingredients like vodka, diet ginger beer, and lime juice…you've got yourself a recipe for success!
Here's the full Moscow Mule recipe.
Bonus Recipe! The Ketolicious Classic Daiquiri:
Keto isn't always easy, but when you have a classic daiquiri in front of you, it can be easier.
Luckily for all the keto dieters out there, I have perfected this low carb version that will help kickstart the party!
You're welcome friend. You'll find the full recipe right here.
Getting Ready for the Weekend...
You work hard and have been watching your net carbs all week. You deserve a break on the weekend but you don't want to blow your progress.
Planning is the number one tip that we give to stay on track with he Keto Diet.
By ensuring that you have the right ingredients on hand for keto alcohol mixed drinks when you are tired on Friday night, you wont risk knocking yourself out of Ketosis.
The main ingredients...
Keto cocktails are sugar free (thank you Captain Obvious) so make sure that you have some Keto Friendly sweetener on hand.
We recommend allulose because it doesn't cause an insulin response for most people and it doesn't contain all of the nasty chemicals that will throw your metabolism out of whack like some of the others do.
We use Organic, Non-GMO products when we can. Oftentimes they are only a few cents more or even the same price as those with all of the pesticides.
This is not ALWAYS the case but it is worth it to me to check.
Some Keto Cocktails Call for Specialty Items...
While there is much ado about using Copper Mugs the temperature is the reason most people prefer them. Mixologists have long known that a copper vessel will take on the icy temperature of a drink much faster than glass. It's up to you. Some say that the copper leaching into the drink can cause your liver some trouble....nothing is just simple is it?
Moscowmuled.com says you should be using mugs with a nickel lining in this post....
You can get most of the items needed for any Keto Cocktails you want to make at your local grocery or liquor store....
I like freshly squeezed lime juice so I keep some limes soaking in water in the fridge (this keeps the limes from drying out and you can cut up some fresh lime wedges whenever you want).
Ice cubes are free and sometimes we put them in fancy shaped trays for special occasions.
Club soda has it's own pantry section at our house too. Even though we are not big drinkers, it's refreshing and a nice treat during the day.
Mint leaves grow anywhere... they are taking over my garden. In the winter you can grow them in the windowsill or get them from the store. Mint oil doesn't really work great in drinks, but if you have figured out how to do this, I would love to hear about it.
Triple sec, vodka, rum and vermouth are all bar staples and pretty shelf stable. Even if you are not a big drinker, these items will last forever on the shelf.
Martini glasses that make a statement make drinks taste better. It's just a fact ma'am. These are cool, classy and have a little bit of a mod twist that I can't stop looking at.
Drinking on the Keto Diet...
All of these cocktails are Keto friendly. But they should be used in moderation while you are on the Keto Diet so that they don't derail your progress.
Most people who drink these type of cocktails don't over do it, but if you tend to over imbibe you should decrease or cut out your alcohol consumption while you are still actively trying to lose weight.
Your body can't burn fat while you are intoxicated because your liver switches over to an alcohol burner. Your liver processes alcohol the same way that it would any toxic substance and will not stop until the alcohol is out of your system.
The other issue is that people tend to over eat high carb foods while intoxicated. This will knock you out of Ketosis and you'll need to start over. It's not the end of the world but I thought it was worth mentioning.
Only you know yourself well enough to make this decision so I will quit being a Debbie Downer and tell you cheers for now!
Looking for Winter Cocktails to warm your bones?
Here are a couple of our favorites....
And while this one isn't really a cocktail you can easily make it "Irish" by adding some whiskey ....