The Best Keto Diet Friendly Drinks

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This article gives you the best and worst alcoholic drinks to choose on the keto diet.

Keto-Friendly Drinks

Many low-carb alcohol options are available if you follow a keto diet. For instance, pure forms of alcohol like whiskey, gin, tequila, rum and vodka are all completely free of carbs. These beverages can be drunk straight or combined with low-carb mixers for more flavor. Wine and light varieties of beer are also relatively low in carbs — usually 3–4 grams per serving.

Here is how the top keto-friendly drinks stack up:

Type of alcohol Serving size Carb content
Rum 1.5 ounces (44 ml) 0 grams
Vodka 1.5 ounces (44 ml) 0 grams
Gin 1.5 ounces (44 ml) 0 grams
Tequila 1.5 ounces (44 ml) 0 grams
Whiskey 1.5 ounces (44 ml) 0 grams
Red wine 5 ounces (148 ml) 3–4 grams
White wine 5 ounces (148 ml) 3–4 grams
Light beer 12 ounces (355 ml) 3 grams

Note:Pure alcohol products like rum, vodka, gin, tequila and whiskey all contain no carbs. In addition, light beer and wine can be relatively low in carbs.

Low-Carb Mixers

Keto-friendly mixers are just as important as the alcohol itself. Watch out for common mixers like juice, soda, sweeteners and energy drinks they can quickly turn a carb-free drink into a high-calorie carb bomb. Instead, opt for low-carb mixers like diet soda, sugar-free tonic water, seltzer or powdered flavor packets. These mixers can keep your carb intake low while boosting your beverage’s taste.

Here is the carb content for a few keto-friendly drink mixers:

Type of mixer Serving size Carb content
Seltzer 1 cup (240 ml) 0 grams
Sugar-free tonic water 1 cup (240 ml) 0 grams
Diet soda 12-ounce (355-ml) can 0 grams
Crystal Light drink mix 1/2 teaspoon (2 grams) 0 grams

Note:Low-carb mixers like seltzer, sugar-free tonic water, diet soda and powdered flavor packets can keep your drink’s carb content minimal.

Drinks to Avoid

Many alcoholic beverages are loaded with carbs, some varieties packing over 30 grams in a single serving. For example, cocktails and mixed drinks usually rely on high-carb, sugary ingredients like juice, soda, sweeteners or syrups. Meanwhile, regular beer is produced from starch and can contain upwards of 12 grams of carbs in just one can.

Here is a comparison of the carb content of several popular alcoholic beverages — which you should avoid if you’re on a keto diet:

Type of alcohol Serving size Carb content
Margarita 1 cup (240 ml) 13 grams
Bloody Mary 1 cup (240 ml) 10 grams
Whiskey sour 3.5 ounces (105 ml) 14 grams
Sangria 1 cup (240 ml) 27 grams
Piña colada 4.5 ounces (133 ml) 32 grams
Cosmopolitan 3.5 ounces (105 ml) 22 grams
Regular beer 12-ounce (355-ml) can 12 grams

Note:Regular beer, cocktails and mixed drinks are often high in carbs, loading 10–32 grams per serving. These are best avoided if you’re on a keto diet.

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