Summer drinking can be tough if you’re trying to watch your sugar intake, with all those Frosés and Piña Coladas tempting you at every turn. These cocktails are a huge no-no when you’re following something like the Keto diet, which cuts out sugar and carbs in favor of eating more fat. But unlike diets like Whole 30, the Keto diet allows alcohol, as long as it’s the right type. In the Keto case, that means an alcohol that doesn’t have residual sugars, which means essentially full proof spirits. Luckily, there are plenty of tasty cocktails you can make at home that won’t derail all of your hard work. Here are seven Keto-friendly cocktails to keep your summer bod in check.
7 Keto Cocktails to Keep Your Summer Bod in Check
Essentially a Bloody Mary made with gin instead of vodka, this savory cocktail is spicy, satisfying and totally Keto-friendly. Make sure to use a natural tomato juice and check the label for any added sugar or artificial ingredients. If gin’s not your thing, swap in tequila for a Bloody Maria.
Although this cocktail is a simple mix of spirit and soda, if you make it with precision and care, it will feel extra luxurious. Just make sure to use a Japanese whisky that isn’t being discontinued because that would be blasphemous.
If you’re in the mood for a little cocktail hour snack with your drink, this Vodka Oyster Shooter will satisfy your cravings. Its tangy mix of vodka, lemon juice, Tabasco and Old Bay will make you forget about sugar all together.
If you’ve ever thought about spiking your green juice, this is how to do it right. Albert Dempompeis of NYC’s Chalk Point Kitchen boozifies a healthy mix of fresh-pressed veggie juices with Absolut Apple Vodka, which contains zero sugar or carbs. To make this drink truly Keto, ditch the ginger beer.
Absolut Apple vodka
If you’re tired of drinking vodka and tequila sodas night after night to stay on your A-game, then switch things up with mezcal. The smoky, complex spirit is light and refreshing, but it will make you feel a little fancier than your average highball. A pinch of salt makes it extra tasty.
If you’re on the Keto diet and want to get turnt, look no further than the Four Horsemen shot. Made with equal parts Jameson, Jim Beam, Jack Daniels and Johnnie Walker, it’ll get the party started in an instant.
This take on the classic 70s phenomenon, the Bullshot, swaps beef bouillon for turkey stock and uses vodka that’s been fat washed with leftover gravy. It might sound weird, but trust us, it works. Garnish the cocktail with an extra piece of fried turkey skin to really treat yourself.
gravy fat-washed vodka
homemade turkey stock