You don't need to pass on the cocktails if you're following a keto diet. The trick is to pay attention to the recipes that you use, focusing on ones that are low in carbs. Thankfully, there is no shortage of keto cocktail recipes to choose from, including many different styles.
Some of the recipes are simply variations of non-keto cocktails that you will be familiar with. Others are entirely new creations, developed with keto dieters in mind. Either way, the creations are fantastic ways to enjoy your alcohol while remaining in ketosis.
Keto Cocktail Recipes
PS. If you’re planning on serving guests, take a look at our keto recipes for parties as well.
PPS. You could also consider keto appetizer recipes, which are perfect in many different situations.
Gin Fizz Cocktail
A gin fizz cocktail is normally packed with sugar, but this version from ketogasm.com is different. It is completely sugar free, low in carbs and doesn't even contain that many calories. As Tasha mentions, you do need a shaker to make this recipe. You could get away with a protein shaker or some other ad hoc solution if you don't have a cocktail shaker at hand. Still, if you plan to make cocktails regularly, a good cocktail shaker is an essential tool.
Spicy Mango Mojitos
I love the way that these mojitos are familiar and yet completely different. The most unusual part has to be the use of spices to balance out the heat, to create something that is simply amazing. The mango flavor is pretty cool too. Mango is always a great summer flavor.
The recipe itself comes from Mellissa at ibreatheimhungry.com. It is a fast drink to create, so you can have it as often as you'd like. An even better feature is that there are no carbs at all. How can you not love it?
Black Pepper Blackberry Vodka Drink
While there are many cool things about this cocktail, the most significant has to be the way that it looks. The drink is absolutely stunning in the glasses, where the colors contrast beautifully. Then there is the addition of black pepper. This mightn't be what you expect in a cocktail but it makes all the difference to the finished drink.
You can find details about the cocktail over at peaceloveandlowcarb.com. Kyndra also links out to some other alcoholic keto recipes and snack foods to go along with them.
Sparkling Strawberry Mojito
Here's a recipe that would be a hit at parties. The mojito comes from perfectketo.com and it relies on rum as the main alcohol. It isn't a complicated recipe, which is good if you're wanting to prepare the cocktails at the last minute. The combination of strawberries and mint is another key selling point. These ingredients work well together, creating a drink that is tasty and refreshing.
Wild Berry Zinger Mimosa
This beautiful cocktail comes from beautyandthefoodie.com. The combination of flavors makes it distinct from most other cocktails, while the beautiful color ensures that it’s a great drink to serve at parties. Just be aware that the carb content is higher than some of the other keto cocktails on this list. You can still enjoy the cocktail, just be sure to pay attention to your carb intake for that day.
Black Widow Cocktail
This recipe from ketodietapp.com was designed as a Halloween treat, as you can probably guess from the appearance. Of course, you could easily have the cocktail at other times of the year. It looks amazing regardless of the season, especially if you decorate it like it is in the image.
The combination of flavors is appealing too. Many low carb cocktails are simply a variation on the original recipe. This one is a different style, making it both refreshing and attractive.
Blueberry Moscow Mule Cocktail
Mellissa from ibreatheimhungry.com offers this variation on the traditional Moscow mule. As she mentions, the Moscow mule is often viewed as a winter drink, but it doesn't have to be. This blueberry version has a distinct summer theme to it. The cocktail even looks amazing in a glass.
Here is a second Moscow mule recipe. This version comes from keto-daily.com and it follows the traditional style. The image even shows the drink served in a copper mug with lime. You could even serve the cocktail to people who aren't following keto and they would love it just the same.
Spiced Pear Sparklers
Carolyn from alldayidreamaboutfood.com provides this cocktail recipe that you really should try out. The recipe is unusual, as she provides details to make the cocktail and also to create the spiced pear gin that acts as the base.
The cocktail uses a fun combination of flavors, a balance that isn't normally found in cocktails. The finished drink works perfectly. You could serve it on many different occasions.
This recipe from cavemanketo.com is a good choice if you want something familiar. The drink is quite literally a margarita, made with keto-friendly ingredients. Doing so makes sense, as margaritas are often high in carbs. While the recipe doesn't provide the nutritional details, you can be certain that this version contains hardly any carbs.
Caramel Apple Cocktail
Caramel apple is an amazing flavor, so why not include it in a cocktail? Georgina from stepawayfromthecarbs.com offers one such approach in this recipe. The cinnamon mixture around the rim of the glasses is a nice extra touch. This aspect helps make the cocktails look absolutely stunning.
Sugar Free Baileys Irish Coffee
Irish coffee is a great cocktail for cold evenings and for special occasions. It also appeals to many people who don't enjoy traditional cocktails. The recipe comes from queenketo.com. As Antya mentions, you do need to include a decent amount of stevia in the recipe. This is essential for creating the Baileys flavor.
Easy Keto Rum Punch
Here's another cocktail choice from ibreatheimhungry.com. This one is a very easy recipe to create and can easily be tweaked to match your own preferences. One reason for this is that Mellissa relies on fruit juice mix or a product like diet V-8, rather than fresh juice.
That style might not seem ideal, but it is sometimes a necessary choice on a keto diet. After all, you don't want to be blowing all your carb allowance on drinks.
Cranberry Lemon Drop Cocktail
This is a fun recipe, which comes from resolutioneats.com. It looks great in the glass too. One of the nice things is that this is an original cocktail. You won't find the same drink on other sites. You can choose whether or not you want to make the impressive garnish from the image. Either way, the cocktail is going to taste amazing.
Spicy Lemon Drop Martini
Here's another cocktail to consider. This one comes from perfectketo.com. It only requires a handful of ingredients, most of which you'll already have at home. One fun thing is that the recipe involves the use of a probiotic drink. This ingredient will add some health benefits. Of course, you are still drinking an alcoholic cocktail, so moderation is advised.
No Guilt Gin Tonic Cocktail
This recipe is a variation on a gin and tonic. It has the same general balance of flavors as a normal gin and tonic, but is much lower in carbs. There are still around three grams of carbs per serving, so you probably can't drink multiple cocktails in a day. Still, the cocktail works well as an infrequent treat. You can find the details for making it at spicecravings.com.
Strawberry Basil Bourbon Smash
Strawberries and basil always combine well, so why not include them in a cocktail? That's exactly what this recipe from peaceloveandlowcarb.com does, using bourbon as the spirit of choice. There are a few other ingredients included as well. These help to make the entire drink taste fantastic, while ensuring that you'll be back for more.
Hibiscus is an underused flavor. You don't often see it in cocktails, but this recipe from delicioustable.com does rely on hibiscus. The recipe is a little more complex than other cocktails on this list, but that's not a bad thing. You're also making four cocktails at once. As such, it is a great cocktail to serve at parties.
On a side note, this is also a low calorie cocktail. Each drink contains less than 100 calories, making it an ideal choice for weight loss.
Doesn't this cocktail simply look amazing? It comes from thekitchenmagpielowcarb.com and is based on a popular classic cocktail. This is also a simple recipe to make and you don't need a large number of ingredients.
Vodka Chata Drink
This cocktail follows a less common style, which is a great reason to try it out. It relies on vodka, cream and various spices to create a tasty and comforting drink. The focus on vodka means that the flavors of the spices really come through. As Denise mentions, you can use rum instead of vodka if you prefer. Either way, the recipe can be found at mylifecookbook.com.
Vanilla Old Fashioned Cocktail
It's always fun to find cocktails that are slight variations on traditional recipes. That's the case with this version. The cocktail is basically an old fashioned, but it also incorporates the flavor of vanilla. You might even find that it is better than the original. You can find all the recipe details at lowcarb-ology.com.
Whiskey Sour Cocktail
This recipe comes from verywellfit.com and it's a great recipe if you're in a hurry. One reason is that the site focuses on the recipe itself, rather than having a large amount of conversational text. The cocktail is also an especially good keto choice, with just two grams of net carbs per serving.
Sara Louise’s Bloody Mary
Here's another cocktail style – a Bloody Mary. The cocktail has fewer carbs than a regular Bloody Mary, while still tasting just as good. The recipe comes from ketofirst.com. You can find it on the site.
One aspect to mention is the carb content. Sara calls this a keto cocktail and it could fit into your macros. That being said, the drink contains more carbs than most other cocktails on this list. You'll need to decide for yourself whether the cocktail is a good fit.
Dave from bulletproof.com doesn’t typically recommend alcohol on a keto diet. He maintains that it is bad for you and should be avoided. Even so, he does acknowledge the social aspect. He also offers this cocktail as a way of enjoying alcohol with the fewest risks. The drink is a keto version of a white Russian.
The ingredients are carefully selected to ensure the best outcomes. While you do need to rely on one of the Bulletproof products, the finished drink is still worth it.
How about this recipe as a margarita variation? The cocktail comes from appetiteforenergy.com and has a bit more kick than a conventional margarita. Abbie suggests that this would be a good drink for Cinco de Mayo. Of course, you could make it at any other time of the year too.
It’s also worth checking out this recipe for details on alcohol and keto. Abbie offers a cheat sheet that can help you on your way. She also provides information for you to be aware of and details about how you can adjust the flavor of your cocktail.
Low Carb Margarita
Here’s another margarita variation – this time from thelittlepine.com. It uses a more classic combination of flavors and ingredients. Lindsey also mentions that the drink has passed testing by people who love margaritas. As such, you could easily serve it to your non-keto friends. Just make sure you save some for yourself too.
Summer Crush Strawberry Basil Italian Lemonade
I love the flavors present in this cocktail. The drink stands out, as it isn’t your regular cocktail. Leanne from healthfulpursuit.com developed this one as a mocktail, so there isn’t any alcohol included in the recipe. That’s easily fixed. You could simply add in vodka, or a spirit of your choice, to create a low carb cocktail.
Apple Cider Moscow Mule
There can be no doubt that the Moscow mule is a popular drink. There are so many different versions out there, including this one from ketoconnect.com. The apple cider aspect might sound concerning, but don’t worry. Megha mentions that she loves the drink, even though she hates apple cider vinegar itself. The drink is also exceptionally low in carbs, with just 0.5 grams of carbs per serving.
Here’s a recipe for any mojito fans. It comes from theketoqueens.com and would be an ideal warm weather choice. Each drink contains a little over three net grams of carbs, so you can easily have on during your keto diet. Faith also provides details about alcohol choices on the keto diet, including typical levels of carbs.
Skinny Frozen Margarita
This visually stunning cocktail comes from gnom-gnom.com. Seriously, doesn’t it just look amazing? It isn’t just a keto recipe either. The finished cocktail is also paleo compliant. Paola includes various recipe notes about sweetener choice, giving you the chance to focus on your preferred sweetener. You can also decrease the amount of lime juice used to lower the carb content further.
This mojito recipe is a simple and fun recipe that you can try. The selection of ingredients is mostly what you’d expect and creates a drink with three grams of net carbs per serving. The simplicity of the recipe is a major advantage. You don’t need to run around looking for obscure ingredients. You may even have most of the ingredients in your cupboard already. All the details can be found at tasteaholics.com.
Mayre from lowcarb-ology.com always has great recipes, including plenty of fun keto cocktails. This particular version features fruity flavors, along with a kick. The cocktail contains a little over two carbs per serving.
Even so, Mayre suggests being careful, especially if you're new to drinking on a keto diet. It can be easy to go over your carbs, especially when you're drinking. Alcohol may also affect the impacts of ketosis on your body. Setting a limit of one cocktail a week, or something similar, can help with these issues.
Blood And Sand Cocktail
Here's another cocktail choice from lowcarb-ology.com. This one uses the flavors of cherry and orange, along with some other great additions. The recipe is very easy to follow. You also end up with a drink that looks stunning in glasses – great for impressing people at a party.
Strawberry Smash Cocktail
Mira from cookinglsl.com also has a fruity cocktail that you can try. This one takes advantage of fresh strawberries. You're getting three grams of net carbs per drink. The cocktail is also refreshing. That's perfect on warm afternoons, especially in the height of summer.
The Keto Mojito
This mojito recipe comes from moscatomom.com. It probably looks familiar, as there were a few other mojito recipes on the list. This one isn't dramatically different, but it's still worth trying out. After all, each recipe creator ends up with their own balance of flavors. You might find that you like this version the most.