Keto and Alcohol: Can I Still Drink Alcohol on a Keto Diet
When it comes to alcohol, carbs are all around you. That’s especially true if you are wanting a night out at a bar. Cutting out beer, the fruity sugary cocktails, and sweet wines is a good start, but generally sticking to unflavored and unsweetened hard liquors is probably your best option.
Although hard liquors are made from grains, fruits, potatoes and natural sugars, during the fermentation and distillation process those sugars are converted to alcohol – making them essentially 0 carbs.
One thing you do need to be aware of while drinking alcohol while eating a keto diet is the increased effect that alcohol will have. So while you normally may be able to enjoy 3 or 4 mixed drinks, you may notice you may not be able to drink nearly as many as you previously could.
Here’s a short list on your best options when you want to drink some low-carb alcohol.
Vodka, Rum, Gin, Tequila, Whiskey.
*Unsweetened and unflavored liquors will have 0g carbs. However, Liqueurs and most mixers will have carbs, so you should avoid them. Stick to diet mixers, or bring your own mio or similar water flavor and get your drink with still/sparkling water.
Bud Select 55(1.9g carbs)
Miller 64 (2.4g carbs)
Rolling Rock Green (2.4g carbs)
Michelob Ultra (2.6g carbs)
Bud Select 99 (3.1g carbs)
Miller Lite (3.2g carbs)
* Per 12oz serving.
Cabernet Sauvignon (3.8g carbs)
Pinot Noir (3.4g carbs)
Merlot (3.7g carbs)
* Per 5oz serving.
Pinot Grigio (3.2g carbs)
Sauvignon Blanc (2.7g carbs)
Chardonnay (3.7g carbs)
Riesling (5.5g carbs)
Champagne (1.5g carbs, but generally also lower in alcohol).
This isn’t a comprehensive list, and as with anything else, if in doubt the nutritional information is probably on Google, or manufacturers website so it’s a good idea to check.