As a bartender, it's my job to create drinks that satisfy the taste buds of my customers. However, with the rise of health-conscious individuals, the demand for low-carb cocktails has increased in recent years.
And let's face it, who doesn't love a good drink that won't interfere with their fitness goals?
Low-carb cocktails are the perfect combination of taste and health, but creating them can be challenging. It's not just about swapping out sugary mixers for sugar-free alternatives, but also about finding the right balance of flavors.
The good news is that with the right ingredients and techniques, you can create low-carb cocktails that are just as delicious as their high-carb counterparts.
In this blog post, I'm going to share with you some of the best low-carb cocktail recipes that I've come across in my years as a bartender. These are cocktails that I've personally tested and refined to ensure that they not only taste great but also have a low carb count.
Whether you're looking for a refreshing summer drink or a cozy winter cocktail, I've got you covered. So, let's get started and discover the world of low-carb cocktails!
1. Keto Cosmopolitan
The Keto Cosmopolitan is a low carb twist on the classic Cosmopolitan cocktail. Made without triple sec and with sugar-free cranberry juice, it has a sweet and tart taste and a beautiful blush color.
With only 139 calories and 2g net carbs, it's a great option for those watching their calorie and carb intake. It's easy to make and perfect for sipping on a warm summer evening.
2. Vodka and Berries
Looking for a low carb cocktail that's both refreshing and easy to make? Look no further than the Vodka and Berries cocktail. Made with vodka and a mix of berries, this fizzy drink is perfect for those looking to cut back on sugar without sacrificing flavor.
Plus, it's keto-friendly, making it a great option for those following a low carb diet. Whether you're hosting a holiday gathering or just looking for a tasty drink to enjoy on a cozy night in, the Vodka and Berries cocktail is sure to impress. So why not give it a try and see for yourself?
If you're looking for a refreshing and low carb cocktail to enjoy, the Mojito is a must-try. This classic cocktail is typically made with white rum, fresh mint, lime juice, and sugar, but a low carb version can be made by replacing the sugar with Diet 7up.
The result is a sweet and tangy drink that's perfect for sipping on a hot day or serving to friends and family. The Mojito is a great option for those on a low carb or keto diet, as it contains only 1g of net carbs per serving. So, if you're looking for a delicious and guilt-free cocktail, give the low carb Mojito a try.
4. Low Carb, No Guilt Gin Tonic Cocktail
The "Low Carb, No Guilt Gin Tonic Cocktail" is a refreshing twist on the classic gin and tonic that is perfect for those watching their carb intake. This cocktail uses a simple hack of replacing half the tonic with club soda to significantly reduce the carb count, making it a guilt-free option for those on a low carb diet.
With only 3.75 grams of carbs and 110 calories per serving, this cocktail is a great alternative to a glass of red wine. The use of high-quality gin, such as Rangpur Tanqueray, adds a delicious flavor to the cocktail. If you're looking for a low carb cocktail that doesn't compromise on taste, this is definitely one to try.
5. Vodka Mojito
The Vodka Mojito is a refreshing and light low carb cocktail that is perfect for hot summer days. This cocktail is a great alternative to the traditional high-calorie mojito, as it is made with low carb ingredients such as vodka and club soda.
The use of fresh mint leaves adds a burst of flavor to this cocktail, making it a perfect drink for those who love a good mojito but want to avoid the added sugars and carbs. This cocktail is also easy to make and can be prepared in advance for parties or gatherings. If you're looking for a guilt-free way to indulge in a classic cocktail, the Vodka Mojito is definitely worth a try.
6. Keto Berry Vodka Cocktail
The Keto Berry Vodka Cocktail is a refreshing and delicious low carb cocktail made with vodka and a variety of fresh or frozen berries. With only 3 grams of carbs per serving, this cocktail is a guilt-free indulgence that is perfect for any occasion.
The addition of a fruit-flavored seltzer gives it just the right amount of sparkle, making it the perfect drink for those hot summer days.
7. Skinny Margarita
The Skinny Margarita is a refreshing low-carb cocktail that is perfect for those who want to enjoy a classic margarita without the added calories and sugar. Made with fresh lime juice and a homemade sugar-free simple syrup, this drink is a great option for those on a keto diet or anyone looking to cut back on carbs.
With only 1 gram of net carbs and 102 calories per serving, it's a guilt-free way to indulge in a tasty cocktail. Whether you're enjoying it on Taco Tuesday or sipping it on a lazy weekend afternoon, the Skinny Margarita is a must-try for anyone who loves a good margarita.
8. Keto Bloody Mary
The Keto Bloody Mary is a refreshing low carb cocktail that is perfect for any season. It's a simple vodka-based drink that can be made easily at home without the need for a bartender. The cocktail is served in a glass rimmed with Cajun seasoning, giving it a unique and spicy twist.
It's a great addition to any cocktail recipe collection and is perfect for those following a ketogenic diet. The cocktail can be served with a pickle spear, olives, or celery for an added touch. If you're looking for a quick and easy low carb cocktail, the Keto Bloody Mary is definitely worth a try.
9. Vanilla Old Fashioned Cocktail
The Vanilla Old Fashioned Cocktail is a low carb twist on the classic cocktail that has 0 net carbs. It's made with bourbon, sugar-free vanilla syrup, and orange water enhancer. The use of sugar-free vanilla syrup instead of simple syrup makes this cocktail low carb, without sacrificing any of the delicious vanilla flavor.
A good quality bourbon is essential for this cocktail, with notes of caramel and vanilla, and a nice balance between dry and sweet. The Vanilla Old Fashioned Cocktail is a must-try for those looking for a low carb cocktail option that doesn't compromise on taste.
10. Black Beauty
"Black Beauty" is a low carb cocktail that combines the sweetness of blackberries with the kick of black pepper, creating a unique and delicious taste. The addition of fresh mint adds a refreshing touch, making it perfect for sipping on a hot day.
It's surprisingly low in carbs, making it a guilt-free indulgence. Overall, it's a must-try for anyone looking for a refreshing and unique low carb cocktail.
11. Low Carb Cosmopolitan Cocktail
The Low Carb Cosmopolitan Cocktail is a fun and fruity drink that has become a symbol of elegance since the 1990s. It is made from vodka, unsweetened cranberry juice, orange extract, and fresh lime juice.
With only 2g of carbs, it is an excellent choice for those who want to indulge in a delicious cocktail without worrying about the carb count. The Low Carb Cosmopolitan Cocktail is a perfect blend of sweet and tart, and it is definitely worth a try.
12. Low Carb Sangria
Looking for a refreshing low carb cocktail? Look no further than the Low Carb Sangria! Made with Kyla Hard Kombucha, this keto-friendly cocktail is perfect for celebrating without the guilt. With less than 4g of carbs per serving, it's a great option for those watching their carb intake.
The combination of kombucha and flavors like ginger tangerine, hibiscus lime, and pink grapefruit make for a bubbly and lightly flavored drink that's perfect for sipping on a hot summer day. Whether you're hosting a tapas party or just looking for a low carb cocktail option, the Low Carb Sangria is a must-try!
13. Keto Old Fashioned
The Keto Old Fashioned is a classic cocktail that has been given a low carb twist. This delicious drink is perfect for those following a keto diet who still want to enjoy a cocktail without worrying about their carb intake. Made with high-quality whiskey, orange bitters, Angostura bitters, and a brown sugar replacement syrup, this cocktail is a perfect balance of sweetness and bitterness.
The addition of an orange peel garnish adds a touch of flavor that complements the whiskey perfectly. If you're a fan of classic cocktails and want to try something new, the Keto Old Fashioned is definitely worth a try.
14. Blueberry Mojito
Looking for a refreshing and low carb cocktail option? Look no further than the Blueberry Mojito. This cocktail is the perfect combination of sweet and refreshing, with a crisp mint and lime flavor that will leave you feeling refreshed and satisfied. What's more, this cocktail is made without any added sugar, making it a great option for those who are watching their carb intake.
With fresh blueberries blended with powdered Swerve, this cocktail is the perfect way to enjoy a delicious and guilt-free drink. So why not give it a try and see for yourself why the Blueberry Mojito is one of the best low carb cocktail recipes out there?
15. Low Carb Keto Sangria
If you're looking for a refreshing and flavorful low carb cocktail to enjoy this summer, the Low Carb Keto Sangria is a must-try. With only 5 net carbs per glass, this sangria recipe is perfect for those following a low carb or keto diet.
The secret ingredient of raspberry tea and fresh herbs enhances the flavors of the wine and berries, making it a sweet and delicious drink that goes well with almost anything. Whether you're hosting a party or just want to enjoy a glass of sangria on a hot day, this recipe is easy to make and sure to impress. So why not give it a try and see for yourself how delicious low carb cocktails can be?
16. French 75
French 75 is a refreshing low carb cocktail that combines gin, lemon juice, champagne, and a little sweetener. It has a unique flavor that is both sweet and tart, making it a must-try for anyone who loves cocktails.
This classic drink is perfect for any occasion and is a great option for those who want to indulge in a fun drink without consuming too much sugar.
17. Skinny Sangria
If you're looking for a low carb cocktail that won't compromise on taste, then you have to try the Skinny Sangria. This delicious cocktail is a twist on the traditional sangria, but with fewer calories and carbs. Made with wine and your favorite fruits, this cocktail is perfect for those who want to indulge in a drink without feeling guilty.
Most sangria recipes can be high in calories, but the Skinny Sangria has only 70 calories per serving. It's easy to make and perfect for any occasion. Whether you're trying to lose weight or just want a refreshing drink, the Skinny Sangria is the perfect choice. So why not give it a try and see for yourself?
18. Keto Paloma Cocktail
The Keto Paloma Cocktail is a low carb tequila drink made with sugar-free grapefruit soda, lime juice, and tequila. It has a refreshing and light citrusy flavor and is perfect for those on a keto or low calorie diet.
With only 128 calories and no net carbs, it's a guilt-free option for those looking to indulge in a cocktail. The cocktail is a twist on the classic Paloma cocktail, a classic cocktail in Mexico with uncertain origins. The Keto Paloma Cocktail is a delicious and refreshing option for those looking for a low carb cocktail.
19. Wild Berry Zinger Mimosa Low Carb
The Wild Berry Zinger Mimosa Low Carb is a sparkling and sweet cocktail made with dry champagne, wild berry zinger tea, and Steviva's KetoseSweet+ Liquid sweetener.
It's a perfect option for any celebration and can be made alcohol-free by replacing the champagne with unsweetened sparkling water. The use of Ketose Sweet+ Liquid sweetener makes it a guilt-free cocktail that will impress your guests and satisfy your cravings.
20. Keto RumChata Drink
The Keto RumChata Drink is a low carb cocktail with vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg flavors. It's a twist on the traditional RumChata and uses vodka or rum with low carb ingredients.
This creamy winter drink has only 0.6g net carbs and is perfect for those on a low carb diet. It's a must-try for anyone who loves a warm, spicy white Russian and is looking for a low carb alternative.
21. Moscow Mule
The Moscow Mule is a classic cocktail made with diet ginger beer, lime juice, and vodka. It's served in a copper mug, which keeps the drink ice-cold and enhances the flavor.
This low carb version is perfect for those who want a delicious cocktail without all the carbs. It's a fun and festive drink that packs a spicy ginger punch with a refreshing zing of lime juice.
22. Skinny Bitch
If you're looking for a low-carb cocktail that won't ruin your diet, the "Skinny Bitch" is a great option. This vodka-based cocktail is mixed with fresh lime juice and soda water, making it a refreshing and citrusy drink that won't weigh you down. With under 100 calories per serving, it's a favorite among those who are body-conscious and looking for a guilt-free drink.
The name may be a bit controversial, but don't let that deter you from trying this delicious cocktail. It's a popular choice among the ladies of "The Real Housewives of Sydney" for a reason. So, if you're looking for a low-carb cocktail that won't sacrifice flavor, give the "Skinny Bitch" a try.
23. Irish Mule
The Irish Mule is a refreshing and light cocktail that is perfect for anyone following a low-carb or keto diet. Made with Irish whiskey, ginger beer, and lime juice, this cocktail is similar to a classic Moscow Mule but with an Irish twist. What sets this cocktail apart is that it is sugar-free, low calorie, and has only 2.5 grams of net carbs.
It's a great option for those who want to enjoy a delicious cocktail without the guilt. The garnish of lime and mint adds a festive touch, making it a perfect cocktail for St. Patrick's Day, Christmas, or New Year's. If you're looking for a tasty and healthy cocktail, the Irish Mule is definitely worth trying.
24. Candy Cane Keto Vodka Cocktail
The Candy Cane Keto Vodka Cocktail is a festive and creamy drink that is perfect for the holiday season. This low carb cocktail is full of peppermint and vanilla flavors that will put you in the festive spirit. The red granulated Erythritol on the rims of the glasses make this drink look super cute and festive.
The best part about this cocktail is that it is keto-friendly, so you can enjoy the benefits of the ketogenic diet while sipping on a delicious drink. Whether you're throwing a big Christmas party or just treating yourself at home, this cocktail is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. So, if you want to add a little bit of holiday cheer to your evening, give the Candy Cane Keto Vodka Cocktail a try!
25. Three Wisemen Shot
The Three Wisemen Shot is a no-frills, hardcore cocktail that is perfect for those who want to get down to business. This potent shot is made with equal parts of Bourbon, Whiskey, and Scotch, courtesy of Jim Beam, Jack Daniels, and Johnnie Walker.
It's a simple yet powerful drink that is perfect for those who are watching their carb intake as it contains no added sugars and zero carbs. While the origin of this cocktail is unknown, it has become a favorite among whiskey lovers. The Three Wisemen Shot is not for the faint of heart, but for those who are up for the challenge, it's a must-try cocktail.
26. Razz Cranberry La Croix Cocktail
The Razz Cranberry La Croix Cocktail is a refreshing and low-carb drink that is perfect for those who are looking for a healthier alternative to traditional cocktails. This raspberry gin fix rendition is made using La Croix Razz Cranberry, which gives it a unique and delicious flavor. The cocktail is easy to make and requires only a few simple ingredients.
What's great about this drink is that it is low in sugar and calories, making it a guilt-free indulgence. The combination of raspberry, gin, and La Croix creates a fizzy and flavorful drink that is perfect for any occasion. If you're looking for a low-carb cocktail that is both delicious and refreshing, then the Razz Cranberry La Croix Cocktail is definitely worth trying.
27. Copycat Bailey's Irish Cream
Looking for a delicious Low Carb Cocktail recipe to try out? Look no further than the Copycat Bailey's Irish Cream! This homemade sugar-free Bailey's recipe is perfect for adding a sweet and flavorful touch to your coffee or favorite recipe.
Made with a blend of espresso, cocoa, cream, and whiskey, this keto Irish cream is sure to tantalize your taste buds with hints of chocolate, vanilla, and almond. And with St. Patrick's Day just around the corner, this low-carb Baileys is the perfect ingredient for all your festive drinks and desserts. So why not give it a try and see for yourself just how delicious it can be?
28. Tom and Jerry
Tom and Jerry is a classic holiday cocktail that has been given a low carb twist. This delicious drink is perfect for any holiday party and can be made in minutes. The Keto Tom and Jerry Batter is the star of the show, and it can be added to hot milk or water for those who don't want to add alcohol.
The cocktail is perfect for those on a keto diet, as it won't kick you out of ketosis but will put it on pause. It's important to remember that low carbs equal lightweight, so be careful not to overindulge. This cocktail is a must-try for anyone looking for a low carb holiday drink that still packs a punch.
29. Sugar Free Irish Cream
Looking for a delicious and low-carb cocktail recipe? Look no further than the Sugar Free Irish Cream! This cocktail is a healthier version of the classic Bailey's Irish Cream recipe, with no added sugar. It's perfect for those following a ketogenic diet, or anyone looking for a tasty and guilt-free cocktail option.
Made with a blend of liquid ingredients, espresso powder, and cocoa powder, this cocktail is sure to satisfy your sweet tooth without derailing your diet. Serve it well-chilled or over ice for a refreshing and indulgent treat. Trust us, you won't be able to resist this delicious and flavorful cocktail.