Every other celebration calls for a drink, and whether you are with family and friends or partying at home, you just can say no to alcoholic drinks. But since every alcoholic drink is not a keto drink, and while we live on a low carb lifestyle, it obvious to get a little more concerned about the carb content of the drinks we consume. Luckily, there are some options that are low on carb, and in this blog post, we shall discuss the best low carb alcoholic drinks that are keto-friendly. So that you could enjoy a little liquor every now and then, without compromising on your carb intake.
Most alcoholic drinks are a product of fermentation. In this process, most of the carbohydrates are broken into different alcoholic compounds, and that leaves only a small amount of carbohydrates in the actual drink. The keto drinks shared here are zero carb drinks, whereas there are other alcoholic drinks as well that contains a very small amount of carbs. So, the word caution is that you can always consume alcoholic drinks on the low carb menu but always keep their intake controlled and regulated. It can be once or twice a week, about 1 glass per session. And avoid beer on your keto diet plan as it has enough carbs to disturb your carb intake. Also avoid cocktails, which normally have a lot of syrups and carbs, unless you craft them with low carb substitute ingredients.
Rum is completely free from carbohydrates. So, you can freely consume it on your low carb diet. It is prepared out of the fermentation and distillation of sugarcane juice or sugarcane molasses. Due to these processes, the carb content of the sugarcane is reduced to zero. The clear liquid that is extracted after the distillation is then stored in oak barrels. Rums are available in different varieties. The light-colored Rum is good to make cocktails, and the dark-colored can be mixed with low carb mixers like:
- Sugar-free tonic water
- Diet soda
- Crystal Light drink mix
You can have Rum once in a while, make sure not add any high carb ingredients to the drink. You can drink it neat as well.
Who said, margarita señorita? Like Rum, tequila is another keto-friendly zero carb drink that you can have on your low carb menu. It is mainly sourced from the extracts of the blue agave plant. The juice is then fermented and distilled to make tequila. Depending on the source, process, and time of fermentation, the tequila is available in a variety of colors. They all have a strong flavor and aroma. So you need to mix it up a little with other low carb mixers to keep the alcohol content controlled. It is the silver and white tequila that is recommended the most as it is the final product of fermentation, and it has absolutely zero carbs. To make this drink low carb, simply substitute the orange liqueur with orange extract or even an orange seltzer and the agave syrup by a low carb syrup/sugar substitute, and that’s really! Salud!
Next in line is a vodka that you can add to your ketogenic menu as well. This drink has a Polish and Russian origin. This clear distilled alcoholic drink has absolutely no carbs. The drink is basically prepared out of ethanol and water, which is then mixed with some flavorings. Vodka is traditionally processed out of fermented cereal grains, and some time is also extracted by fermenting potatoes and their starch. Some brands are even making it by processing sugar and fruits. A standard vodka drink has 40 percent of alcohol by volume. You can make a diluted drink by mixing it with club soda, lemon and lime juice, etc, or make something like Moscow mule by mixing vodka with lime and water, or even with Diet Canada Dry Ginger Ale, to keep the carbs low.
Whiskey is another low carb drink, and it sourced from different bases. It is safe to know that it has zero carbs. It is mainly produced by the malting grains of different varieties like wheat, rye, corn, and barley. The extract is fermented and distilled; then, it is aged in the white oak container. There are different types of whiskeys available, and you can use any on your ketogenic menu because their sources are maybe different, but they all contain low carb content.
5. Dry martini:
A cocktail of the dry martini has 0 grams of carbohydrates. So it is safe to have this drink on your ketogenic menu. One of the best known mixed alcoholic drinks, the martini, is prepared out of a mixture of gin and vermouth. It is served usually served with a lemon twist or an olive. It is great to serve on all special occasions. It also contains zero carbohydrates per glass, like other drinks on the list.
6. Sparkling Wine:
Prosecco is one of my favorites, it is not a zero carb drink, but it has low enough carbs to add to the low carb menu. It is a distilled white wine processed out of grapes, and you can use it to make other cocktails as well. You can garnish your prosecco glass with frozen berries, it tastes so good, and it keeps your drink cold. I’m getting thirsty, are you?
So which one of those ketogenic alcoholic drinks are you going to try on your low carb menu? Are you planning to have them all? Well, just make sure to keep a balance in your intake and then all the goodness of those drinks.
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