12 Keto Cocktail Recipes You Can Sip All Summer Long
Who says that you have to go dry when you’re on a keto diet? To make sugar-free, keto-friendly, low-carb-cocktails, just stock your bar with clear liquors, sugar substitutes and flavorless supplements. And it won’t feel like a sacrifice — these keto cocktails taste just as good and may actually leave you feeling better than your usual go-to drink.
Kick back with a cool cocktail on a hot summer evening knowing you can stay in ketosis. Here’s a full menu of keto-cocktail recipes for your summer happy hour.
Keto-friendly summer cocktails
Gin, with the fresh flavor of juniper, gives this artful sparkler a kick. Wedges of lemon and lime, zesty, sweet raspberries and a sprig of thyme combine in a bright and sparkly keto cocktail. Try a low-glycemic sugar substitute sweetener to smooth out the flavors. Only 5.4 grams of carbs.
For maximized flavor with very little effort, try this three-ingredient cocktail. Just combine Bulletproof Coffee Cold Brew, your favorite rum and a scoop of ice. If this is too easy for you, class it up with a giant ice ball or cube in a crystal rocks glass. The richness of the cold brew balances the rum for an indulgent dessert-like cocktail. Total carbs: 7.6 grams.
A couple of sugary margaritas can easily deliver a chunk of your daily calories. In this drink, tequila adds no carbs, making room for a splash of lime juice and a few sweet, flavorful strawberries. Birch xylitol sweetens without spiking your blood sugar or insulin levels. Total carbs: 5 grams.
If you like your margarita with a kick, then this low-carb version is for you. And don’t worry, you’ll only notice collagen in the name. Flavorless collagen peptides deliver the bonus of glowing skin, strong bones and joint support. This is a purist’s margarita with no added sugar, just the quench of fresh lime juice. (Hint: Replace the tequila with rum in either margarita recipe to turn it into a tasty daiquiri). Total carbs: 2.6 grams.
This four-ingredient cocktail offers loads of benefits: great flavor with a punch of power, and it’s zero-carb, too. The key to making it keto is grain-free, gluten-free potato vodka, and not adding much more. A spritz of lime and an ampule of zero-carb, brain and body boosting Unfair Advantage make this a minimalist’s drink. Think of it as a cocktail with benefits. The best part? Zero carbs.
Non-alcoholic drinks for a ketogenic diet
There’s nothing wrong with replacing a cocktail with something just as delicious, especially if you have an early-morning workout scheduled the next day. If you’re teetotaling, try one of these non-alcoholic keto drinks.
This twist on classic lemonade balances tartness with your choice of sweeteners like stevia, xylitol or a low-glycemic sugar substitute. These all make an easy simple syrup (that’s just a sweetener dissolved in water until it becomes clear) that you can add to taste. Try a variation with basil for a hint of aromatics, or for a fruit flavor boost throw in a few raspberries (blueberries work, too). Total carbs: 4.2 grams.
Coconut milk gives this mocha its creamy goodness. Cacao powder, vanilla and a dash of Ceylon cinnamon finish off the flavor profile. Add it all to the shaker, do a little dance, then pour yourself a foamy, frothy, delicious summer drink. Total carbs: 13.7 grams.
You’ll love this simple twist on matcha. Start with matcha powder and sparkling water for a glass of vibrant-green goodness. Add flavorings like liquid stevia, a few mint leaves, a squeeze of citrus or sliced cucumber. Total carbs: 2.5 grams.
Power up with this boosted matcha latte that becomes a cool summer surprise when poured over ice. Add Brain Octane MCT oil, collagen protein and ashwagandha to the hot matcha, then flavor with vanilla and stevia. The real genius of this drink is cooling it down with frozen coconut milk ice cubes. Total carbs: 7.8 grams.
Simple ingredients are blended into this grown-up snow cone. Fresh lemons make it taste like summer, and the birch xylitol and liquid lemon stevia keep it keto. Brain Octane MCT oil gives you a ketone boost, and thyme gives it a dash of savory flavor. Total carbs: 7 grams.
Ahh, creamy Bulletproof Coffee is great any time, especially when poured over ice on a hot summer day. It’s even better for summer when it’s blended with collagen protein and xylitol, then brightened up with a handful of fresh mint leaves. Total Carbs 1.4 grams.
Iced green tea is an absolute summer treat. Add the heat of ginger and the flavor of cool mint, and you’ve got yourself a new favorite summer refresher. Sweeten it up with a low-glycemic sugar substitute to keep carbs low. Total carbs: 3.8 grams.
To learn more about how to drink and stick to your health goals, check out our guide to the “healthiest” alcohol to drink. If you think you’re struggling with alcohol, please reach out to a professional.
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