Let’s be honest, no one likes cutting carbs. Whether you are on a low carb diet or are just trying to cut some carbs where you can, diets can be hard to follow. This is especially true after you have had a cocktail or two. Your inhibitions can be hampered and you may not care as much about ordering the right kind of drink once you’ve had one or two.
There are all sorts of diets out there. The Atkins diet has different phases. In the first phase you have to keep under 20 grams of carbs per day for 2 weeks. Eat high-fat, high-protein, with low-carb vegetables like leafy greens. This kick-starts the weight loss. Then you continue on a balanced diet that you have to count carbs and keep it to a minimum level every day to maintain the weight loss. It’s been around for almost 30 years because it works.
Another popular diet right now is the Keto diet. It has a similar concept where you get more of your calories from high quality proteins and fats rather than carbohydrates. It is another diet where cutting carbs is essential for success.
So what do these diets have in common that make them work so well? The first thing is that they make you cut out all the good stuff. Bread, Pizza, Ice Cream, Soda, and Sugar of almost any kind. So it basically cuts out all the good stuff. So does that include your drinks? I hate to say yes, but, yes.
A lot of premixed drinks are filled with carbs. Margaritas, Rum and Coke, and Beers of all kinds have a lot of carbs. So unfortunately, you’ll have to make some changes when you go out for a night on the town or need that happy hour drink after a crappy day.
How To Cut Carbs On Some Of The Most Popular Drinks
There are some drinks that are more popular than others. It’s usually not because they have more alcohol content or because they have a cool name. It’s because they taste good. There’s nothing better than catching a buzz sipping on a delicious mixed drink. So what happens when you cut out some of the things that make these iconic drinks so good like sugar? Well, you just have to find a way to work around it. Luckily for all of us there are those out there dedicated enough to find the answer to the question, “How do I make this taste good without all the good stuff”. Here are some of the best recipes we’ve found to help you tackle your thirst while keeping your diet in check.
A Sugar-Free Margarita
- 1 jigger (1 1/2 ounces) tequila
- 2 tablespoons lime juice (freshly squeezed)
- 1/4 cup water
- 1/4 teaspoon orange extract
- Optional: margarita salt or kosher salt
- Optional: lime wedge for garnish
- Optional: 1 tablespoon agave syrup or stevia
You can also try these pre-made mixers available on Amazon as well.
A Keto-Jito or A Low Carb Mojito
- 1 lime, cut into 4 wedges
- 8 fresh mint leaves
- 1/4 cup white rum
- 1 packet Splenda (or Stevia)
- 1 cup ice cubes
Spiked Strawberry Spritzer
- 1-2 shots of Cupcake Very Berry Vodka
- 1 can of LaCroix Cúrate Pomme Bayá (apple berry)
- Fresh strawberries
So there you have three very refreshing and popular options to choose from that don’t have a lot of carbs and are right up your alley if you’re a fan of traditional or fruity cocktails. Let’s be honest, these are not going to taste exactly like what you are used to, but they are going to be very close. Who knows? You may actually enjoy these fresh takes on the classics more than you do the originals. After all, part of cutting carbs is breaking your addiction to the sweet taste of sugars. So once you’ve been on the diet a few weeks, or maybe even a few months the original drinks may actually taste too sweet for you anyways.
Some Uncommon Low Carb Options
So we have gone through a few of the classics and popular drinks with some new, fantastic low carb ideas. Now let’s take a look at some different options that may not always be on the menu but might just serve the occasion properly. There are different situations for drinking as everyone knows. Parties, the Bar, Birthdays, and Special celebrations are all times that people like to kick back and enjoy a drink. Here are few that may serve well in unique or special situations when you want to impress.
Don’t forget that taking a shot, while not for everyone, is a surefire way to miss the carbs. Whiskey, Gin, Tequila, Rum, and Vodka are all carb free. So if you want to skip all the mixing and recipes you can always shoot these straight or try them on the rocks. It should be noted that this is not for the faint of heart. There aren’t many who can consistently drink straight liquor so it may be best to take this method in stride. Now, on to some of the more unique recipes out there.
Caribbean Rum Punch
- 1 1/2 ounces dark rum
- 1 ounce light rum
- 1/3 teaspoon coconut pineapple water enhances
- 10 drops orange water enhancer
- 1/3 ounce lime juice
- 6 ounces club soda or diet lemon-lime or diet ginger ale soft drink
- Lime slices for garnish
The Sugar-Free Kamikaze Shot
- 3/4 shaker Ice
- 2 tbsp Lime Juice
- 2 g Granulated Stevia or Erythritol
- 1 shot Vodka
A Low-Carb Dark and Stormy
- 2 ounces dark rum
- 1/2 lime
- 4 ounces ginger beer sugar free
- lime wheel for garnish
If You Aren’t Feeling a Mixed Drink, Try Wine
Wine is a staple in many homes and for good reasons. There are so many varieties and styles. There is almost literally something for everyone, unless you don’t drink, then it’s kind of hard. Wine has been around for thousands of years, so it’s no surprise that it’s still as popular today as it has ever been. There are five basic steps in the wine making process: harvesting, crushing and pressing, fermentation, clarification, and aging and bottling. This is pretty standard for most wines.
You want to know one of the best things about wine? Many of the options are low carb, so they pair perfectly with your low carb diet. Here are some of the best choices for your low carb wines.
SAUVIGNON BLANC – Dry wines are the lowest in carbohydrates. This white wine is one of the driest and crispest around and only has 3 carbs per serving. This wine has hints of apple and melon.
MERLOT – A perfect fit to go with the keto steak dinner. Merlot has notes of red fruit and is medium bodied. It has just 3.7 grams of carbs per serving.
CHAMPAGNE – Sparkling whites like Champagne, Cava and Prosecco are fantastically low-carb. They have just 2 grams per serving.
PINOT NOIR – Pinot Noir has notes of berries, roses and vanilla make this one awesome for you and your diet (3.4 grams of carbs per serving).
PINOT GRIGIO – This white has just 3 grams of carbs per five-ounce glass. It has flavors of lemon-lime, stone fruit, and Green Apple.
Last, but certainly not least. I don’t think any wine list is complete without a good sangria to choose from. Half mixed drink, half wine, it’s the pinnacle of drinking in some ways. Also, have you ever had a good sangria with street tacos or fresh empanadas? It’s pretty awesome. So here is one finally recipe for you for a low carb Sangria.
Low Carb Red Sangria
- 4 ounces red wine
- 1 ounce Absolut Citron vodka
- 1/4 teaspoon berry flavor 0 carb water enhancer
- 4 ounces of club soda
Hopefully this list can help you maintain your social life and diet all in the same space. It’s not perfect but it’s better than the alternative, which is having to choose between keeping or getting the figure you want or drinking. It sounds like an awful choice. So why choose when you can follow these awesome recipes and guidelines and do both. Happy Drinking and Dieting.