A keto diet is a unique diet plan aimed at consuming a minimal amount of carbohydrates and the high consumption of fats. A keto diet helps to lose weight quickly and effectively. Today we will tell you about keto alcohol that can diversify your diet.
Many alcoholic drinks are not suitable for those who have chosen a keto diet because of their high carbohydrate content. Given that they need to be limited, it is wiser to follow your beginner’s guide to healthy eating: green vegetables, fruits, dairy products. But sometimes you want something tasty and festive. And what can you drink? Let’s figure it out!
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Keto Cocktails You Can Enjoy on Your Diet
A keto diet and alcohol are compatible. No other nutrition is so tolerant to a glass of cold Pinot Grigio with a slice of Brie or Parmesan, or to a glass of dry red wine with Jamon. Moreover, keto accepts strong drinks, such as vodka. After an alcoholic evening, you can use some of the best keto supplements to get back in ketosis quickly.
What alcohol is keto-friendly?
It must be remembered that drinking alcohol on a keto diet is potentially hazardous to health. Ethanol is not your best friend.
Truth number two: if your goal is to lose weight, then this is also a bad helper, alcohol on a keto diet generally inhibits weight loss. The body burns alcohol calories first, and only then everything else.
And the third insight – alcoholic beverages provoke a feeling of hunger. The potential danger is not only in the amount drunk but also in the snack.
Are you still not scared? Then move on.
How to choose alcohol allowed on keto? Like everything else – the fewer carbohydrates, the better! There are fewer of them in wine than in beer. Whiskey and vodka do not contain carbohydrates, but cocktails are often just beautiful liquid evil in a glass.
Low alcohol drinks on a keto
Wine on Keto
Even if you are a convinced member of the Keto-sect, from time to time, a glass of wine will not become a problem. Dry wines contain about 2 grams of carbohydrates per glass and are the keto-safe alcohol. But sweet and semi-sweet drinks are strictly prohibited.
Champagne on Keto
Please note: Brut champagne on Keto seems to be the best choice – the least carbohydrates. But no.
Champagne and sparkling wines are called low-alcohol drinks, but their effect is not at all weak. They are absorbed many times faster. Carbon dioxide enhances the permeability of alcohol. If you do not drink Brut, the feeling of intoxication and the load on the liver increase greatly. The withdrawal symptoms after champagne are considered very severe – the evilest hangover.
Keto and Beer
A foggy cold glass on a hot day sounds like a dream, which, in theory, should remain a dream. But let’s be realistic. Once or twice a year, it can become a reality. If you are breaking the keto laws, here are a few precautions:
- It is better to give preference to light varieties of the drink – there are less insidious carbohydrates.
- When on a keto, always choose quality, local, and seasonal products. Beer is also a concern. A glass of the freshest craft beer in good company once a year is not a crime.
- Have a smart meal. If you are already embarking on a carbohydrate spree, you should not, of course, ask crackers for beer. But interfering with carbohydrates with fat is not a good idea. Stay tuned for a classic – salted nuts.
- And in general, stop on time.
Strong keto alcohol list
Everything is clear and simple with strong alcohol. Whiskey, cognac, brandy, vodka, gin, tequila fit perfectly into a keto. They do not contain carbohydrates at all. (Please note: alcohol producers do not have a heart, so added sugar can even appear in noble cognac and crystal clear vodka).
No need to understand how Scotch differs from whiskey, and brandy from cognac, the nice thing is that almost all the strong alcohol in the world does not contain carbohydrates. Exceptions are port, but it is not that strong, but fortified; absinthe, and schnapps.
Keto diet cocktails and highballs
Carbonated drinks containing alcohol, “low alcohol cocktails,” are similar in composition to regular Coca-Cola, so it’s better not to even look at them.
Stirring strong alcohol with juice, tonic, or cola is the worst option possible. You get a real sugar bomb. In numbers, it looks like this: gin + tonic = 16 grams of carbohydrates per serving. And that is unlikely to be the only one.
At home, you can make almost any cocktail in the keto version. But the bar is not much for you. The easiest option is rum/whiskey on a zero-stake.
Vodka-Martini cocktail – one serving contains 0 grams of carbohydrates.
Remember the legendary: “Shake, but do not mix”? This cocktail is the calling card of James Bond; he drinks it in every film: 75 ml of vodka + 15 ml of dry Martini + 200 g of ice cubes + green olive! In books, there is another option – gin instead of vodka. To broaden your horizons, you should try these both keto alcohol mixes.
Be careful as possible – getting drunk on keto is very easy! It’s enough to drink a little.
The liver is responsible for the utilization of alcohol, the production of ketones, and gluconeogenesis. It cannot manage everything at the same time. Therefore, intoxication on a keto comes faster, and a hangover is harder.
We share our two favorite homemade keto diet, sugar alcohol cocktails with you. Try it, and you will find out the new taste.
Chocolate Martini Cocktail
Usually, a chocolate martini is made with chocolate liqueur, but we offer you a recipe in which chocolate liqueur is not needed. And in general, it is very economical. By the way, it can be made hot or cold at will. Chocolate can be replaced with cocoa, but then cocoa needs to be boiled in cream, and then everything is done according to the recipe.
- 40 gr of chocolate
- 200 ml of cream
- 1 teaspoon of instant coffee or 2 teaspoons of ground coffee
- 100 ml of vodka
- vanilla to taste
- 1 teaspoon of sweetener (if you love the sweetest)
- Break or chop chocolate.
- Boil the cream and add coffee, vanilla, and (if you use) sweetener
- Cool the cream for about five minutes, strain if you have vanilla pods and ground coffee, and pour the chocolate.
- Pour the mixture into martini glasses and add vodka.
- It can be decorated with chocolate chips, cocoa, or cinnamon.
Amount of nutrients per 100 g:
Calories 329.35 kcal | Protein 2.73 g | Fats 25.62 g | Carbohydrates 4.06g | Fiber 1.27 g | Sugar Alcohols 0.01 g | Pure carbohydrates 2.79 g | Potassium 136.36 mg | Magnesium 30.54 mg
Cider-based Alcoholic cocktail
But, for example, you have cider and Cointreau. So you can make a light, refreshing cocktail. Perfect for the holiday or just like that!
- 25 ml of cognac
- 10 ml of Cointreau
- 100 ml of cider
- 50 ml of sparkling water
Mix cognac and Cointreau in a glass, pour the mixture into a large wine glass, add cider and sparkling water. Decorate with mint leaves and mandarin slices.
Amount of nutrients per 100 g:
Calories 61.43 kcal | Protein 0.25 g | Fat 0.00 g | Carbohydrates 4.49 g | Fiber 0.00 g | Sugar Alcohols 0.01 g | Pure Carbohydrates 4.48 g | Potassium 14.97 mg | Magnesium 3.24 mg
Followers of a keto diet have a difficult relationship with low-carb alcohol on a keto. On the one hand, no one forbids drinking. On the other – you need to remember that alcohol affects ketosis negatively. The body can (and loves!) to use alcohol as fuel, so it first utilizes it and then takes on fats. It means that the process of losing weight is slightly slowed down. However, unlike carbohydrates, alcohol is not stored in the form of glycogen stores.
We hope you like our keto alcohol guide. Share your favorite keto alcohol drink recipes with us. Have you ever tried other diets for weight loss? What is your alcohol tolerance?
Author’s bio: My name is Adam Reeve and I have been a professional personal trainer and fitness instructor for over 10 years. Also, I’m a life coach, wellness writer, and low carb diets, enthusiast.