Imagine this: you have a long day, did a lot of work, faced too many people, and you can’t wait to go home, lie on the sofa, and enjoy a fabulous cocktail (or two).
Sounds like the best way to unwind, right?
Not if you’re on keto.
Here are some of the reasons why:
- Some alcoholic drinks contain too much carbs.
- Most alcoholic mixers are rich in sugars.
- You might lose self-control and overeat carbs when drinking too much alcohol.
Do these mean you can no longer enjoy casual mixed drinks when on keto?
Simple answer: Yes, you can still enjoy mixed drinks on keto.
It’s challenging but not at all impossible!
Here are some tips to get you started:
- Swap fruit juices and sodas with sugar-free drinks and sparkling water. (*)
- Replace sugar with a suitable keto sweetener. (*)
- Go for alcoholic drinks with the lowest carb count. (*)
- Keep the recipe simple. The fewer ingredients the recipe has, the better.
Now that you know the basics of drinking alcohol on a low-carb diet, let’s check out our wine-derful list of the top low-carb mixed drinks you can enjoy on keto.
- Quick Comparison Table of Top Low-carb Mixed Drinks
- 13 Top Low-carb Mixed Drinks
- 1. Vodka or Gin Martini- The Classic Low-carb Cocktail
- 2. Gin Rickey – A Sip of History
- 3. St. Germain Spritz- Light and Bubbly
- 4. Skinny Margarita – Sweet and Tangy
- 5. Keto-jito- Minty and Refreshing
- 6. Piña Colada- A Tropical Delight
- 7. Gin Fizz- Fun and Protein
- 8. Hot Buttered Rum- The Best Winter Cocktail
- 9. Keto Sangria- Fruity Notes without the Carbs
- 10. Low-carb Moscow Mule- Festive and Fizzy
- 11. Keto Mimosa- The Ultimate Brunch Drink
- 12. Low-cab Eggnog – Keto Twist on the Classic Holiday Cocktail
- 13. Keto Bloody Mary – Your Recovery Drink
- The Bottom Line
Quick Comparison Table of Top Low-carb Mixed Drinks
|Drink Name||Main Ingredients||Net Carbs (per serving)||Calories (per serving)|
|Vodka or Gin Martini||Gin, Vodka, Vermouth||1g||300|
|Gin Rickey||Gin, Lime Juice, Club Soda||3g||180|
|St. Germain Spritz||St. Germain, Sparkling Wine||1-2g||(Varies)|
|Skinny Margarita||Orange extract, Sugar-free syrup||0.9g||106|
|Keto-jito||Diet 7up, Mint||1g||105|
|Piña Colada||Allulose, Coconut milk||5g||233|
|Gin Fizz||Gin, Lemon Juice, Egg White, Sugar||1g||150|
|Hot Buttered Rum||Butter, Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Rum||0.2g||155|
|Keto Sangria||Red Wine, Club Soda, Sugar substitute, Fruit extracts||3g||164|
|Low-carb Moscow Mule||Vodka, Lime Juice, Diet Ginger Ale||1g||102|
|Keto Mimosa||Dry Prosecco, Diet V-8 splash||<1g||5|
|Low-carb Eggnog||Unsweetened Coconut Milk, Granulated Keto Sweetener||3g||275|
|Keto Bloody Mary||Tomato Juice, Vodka, Low-carb condiments||3.65g||118.9|
13 Top Low-carb Mixed Drinks
Here are the top low-carb mixed drinks that will get the party started:
1. Vodka or Gin Martini– The Classic Low-carb Cocktail
With or without any tweaks, you can enjoy the classic martini’s botanical and herbaceous flavor on keto.
It’s one of our top low-carb mixed drinks because it contains only gin, vodka, and vermouth. It has no juices, syrup, or sugar that you can find in other cocktails.
Remember the garnishes since those will add a depth of flavor to your drink. We highly recommend a bit of olive and a lemon twist to give it a dash of saltiness and zest.
With this drink, you can have a good time for only 1g net carbs per serving.
Per serving: 300 calories, 1g protein, and 1g net carbs.
Pro Tip: Go for gin to enjoy the classic juniper and pine flavor of the martini. On the other hand, opt for vodka if you want a less flavorful drink.
Editor’s Tip: Add a fruity twist to your drink with low-carb flavored water drops, like Sweetleaf. (*)
Learn more: https://www.ketoconnect.net/
2. Gin Rickey – A Sip of History
If you want a simple and refreshing cocktail, you’ll always go with Gin Rickey. This is a classic 1900s highball that’s light, refreshing, and, most of all—low-carb.
The cocktail has only three ingredients: gin, lime juice, and club soda. Combined, these ingredients deliver a light fizz and clean taste, perfect for people who want less-sweet drinks.
It’s like a low-calorie and low-carb version of gin and tonic.
Per serving: 180 calories and 3g net carbs
Editor’s Tip: Use La Croix Sparkling Water in Lime for a more flavorful soda club alternative. (*)
Learn more: https://www.simplejoy.com/
3. St. Germain Spritz- Light and Bubbly
St. Germain Spritz is another mixed drink that’s naturally low carb – no adjustments needed!
But here’s what makes it different: St. Germain is a French liqueur with a floral and fruity taste.
It has a unique flavor profile perfectly complements different types of sparkling wine.
The best part is all the ingredients are super low in carbs, so you can enjoy this tasty drink without worrying about the carbs.
Per serving: 1-2g net carbs (depending on the type of wine you’ll use).
Learn more: https://www.delish.com/
4. Skinny Margarita – Sweet and Tangy
With this skinny margarita recipe, you can enjoy the classic margarita’s sweet and tangy flavors without carbs and calories.
Whip this up using only 5 ingredients and in just 5 minutes for a quick summer night fix.
Per serving:106 calories, 0.01g fats, 0.1g protein, 0.1g fiber, and 0.9 g net carbs
Editor’s Tip: Dump the drink with ice in a high-speed blender and serve it blended for the ultimate margarita experience. (*)
Learn more: https://www.wholesomeyum.com/
5. Keto-jito– Minty and Refreshing
You don’t have to miss your favorite mojito on keto because you can always go for this keto-jito recipe. Yes, we’re good at wordplay.
What makes this a top low-carb mixed drink recipe is its surprising tweak—Diet 7up instead of sugar. With this simple substitution, you can enjoy mojito’s exact taste and sweetness level without the carbs and calories.
It might be even more delicious than the original recipe.
Per serving: 105 calories, 1g protein, 1g fat, 1g fiber, and 1g net carb
Editor’s Tip: Slap the mint leaves before adding them to the drink to extract its essence gently.
Learn more: https://spicecravings.com/
6. Piña Colada– A Tropical Delight
You’ll always find the traditional piña colada in the list of the worst cocktails for the keto diet, but this recipe is the great exception.
To make it keto-friendly, it uses allulose, a low-carb sweetener. As a result, this sugar-free recipe will provide you with only 5g net carbs per serving.
Rest assured, it has fewer carbs, but it’s still as creamy, sweet, refreshing, and tasty (it may even be more!) as the piña colada you’re used to.
Per serving: 233 calories, 9g fats, 1g protein, 1g fiber, and 5g net carbs
Editor’s Tip: Add a few drops of an alcohol-based natural pineapple extract, like the one from Vanilla Bean Kings, instead of fresh pineapple. (*) This will lower the carb count to only 4.3g.
Learn more: https://afullliving.com/
7. Gin Fizz– Fun and Protein
The original gin fizz recipe is already low-carb; you can make it keto with the right tweak. You only need to swap the sugar to monkfruit sweeter to do that, and you’re good to go. (*)
But wait, there’s more. This cocktail contains egg white, adding foam and protein to the drink and giving it the perfect mix of fun and nutrition.
Per serving: 150 calories, 3g protein, and 1g net carb.
Learn more: https://ketogasm.com/
8. Hot Buttered Rum– The Best Winter Cocktail
Hot, butter, and rum have everything you want in a fun and festive drink. Add the cinnamon and nutmeg, and you get the ultimate winter cocktail.
The spice’s joyous flavors, butter’s richness, and rum’s alcoholic kick make this drink feel like heaven in a mug. The best part is it contains only 0.2g net carbs per serving to enjoy your winter buzz guilt-free!
Per serving: 155 calories, 7.7g fats, 0.1g protein, 0.2g fiber, and 0.2g net carbs.
Pro Tip: Add a holiday touch by serving it with cinnamon sticks and sugar-free whipped cream. (*)
Editor’s Tip: If you can’t find one in the stores, you can make your own in just two minutes. (*)
9. Keto Sangria– Fruity Notes without the Carbs
Ola! Here’s a low-carb version of Spain’s quintessential summer drink to help you cool off and get that buzz for the warmer months.
This wine-based fruit punch is traditionally made with red wine, different fruit slices, and lots of fruit-based syrups and sugar. You can preserve the drink’s signature fruity flavors while keeping it low-carb simply by using club soda, sugar substitute, and natural fruit extracts. (*)(*)
Per serving: 164 calories and 3g net carbs
Editor’s Tip: Add Trader Joe’s dried orange slices to give the drink a pop of color and a more fruity taste. (*)
Learn more: https://www.staysnatched.com/
10. Low-carb Moscow Mule– Festive and Fizzy
Summer is here, and our favorite Moscow mule is out. We love this zesty and spicy drink because it’s easy to make keto or no keto.
It has a short ingredient list with only three cheap ingredients: vodka, lime juice, and ginger beer. The best part is it only needs one keto tweak—switching to diet ginger ale. (*)
Per serving: 102 calories, 1g fat, 1g protein, and 1g net carb
Editor’s Tip: Serve this in a copper cup to keep it ice cold longer. (*) The mug also enhances the ingredient’s flavors.
Learn more: https://www.thelittlepine.com/
11. Keto Mimosa– The Ultimate Brunch Drink
Hakuna mimosa. This means it’s brunch time!
Mimosa is a light and refreshing mid-day drink that’s perfect for getting a nice buzz without going too wasted. This keto Mimosa recipe makes your favorite brunch drink much better.
That’s because it only calls for two ingredients, none of which is sugar. This sugar-free recipe comprises dry prosecco and a diet V-8 splash in whatever flavor you like. (*)
With this recipe, you can instantly enjoy the classic mimosa flavors without the carbs.
Per serving: 5 calories and less than 1g net carb
Editor’s Tip: If you’re prepping a low-carb brunch for a crowd, make a DIY Mimosa bar. Serve the prosecco with different flavors of V-8 and dried fruit toppings, and let your guests enjoy the fun and flavor. (*)
Learn more: https://ourcraftymom.com/
12. Low-cab Eggnog – Keto Twist on the Classic Holiday Cocktail
Who could ever say no to a holiday eggnog? We certainly can’t. With this low-carb eggnog recipe, we don’t have to.
This keto recipe uses unsweetened coconut milk and a granulated keto sweetener to give it the same sweet holiday flavors without the carbs.
It also contains heavy cream, which gives the drink a luscious and more velvety texture and a higher fat content.
If you’re not a fan of raw eggs, you’ll be happy to know that this recipe involves heating them, so that will be fine for you.
Per serving: 275 calories, 25g fats, 6g protein, 1g fiber, and 3g net carbs
Editor’s Tip: Use a hand mixer to achieve the drink’s rich and creamy texture easily. (*)
Learn more: https://thebigmansworld.com/
13. Keto Bloody Mary – Your Recovery Drink
We’re ending the list with the best recovery drink, and it’s no other than Bloody Mary. It’s known as a healthy cocktail because it has tomato juice, which is rich in nutrients and aids in digestion. (*)
With all these health benefits, this salty, spicy, and tangy drink earned its title of the ultimate recovery drink.
This recipe is free of all the carb-rich condiments you can find in the original recipe, so it’s healthy and keto-friendly.
Per serving: 118.9 calories, 0.4g fats, 1g protein, 0.5g fiber, and 3.65g net carbs
Editor’s Tip: Serve the drink with a slice of bacon and a few shrimp cocktails for added fats, protein, and a festive look.
Learn more: https://kimspireddiy.com/
The Bottom Line
A word of advice: Even though there are plenty of top low-carb mixed drinks that you can enjoy, it’s still important to drink in moderation.
Regardless of whether they are low in carbs, consuming any alcohol (even the low-carb ones) can disrupt your weight loss journey. That’s because your body will prioritize burning alcohol over fats once alcohol enters your system. (*)
Oh, and let’s not forget the amounts of calories you can get from these mixed drinks.
So go ahead and enjoy a glass or two from time to time, but please, don’t make drinking a habit.