Whether you’re following a low carb diet or simply trying to be healthy, these delicious low carb drinks will make your life a whole lot easier. These drinks have very few carbs in them, allowing you to indulge without worries.
Some drinks have alcohol in them, which are perfect for evening parties. There are also non-alcoholic beverages, ideal for picnics and family gatherings. All these recipes are so easy to prepare and won’t take up much of your time. So bottoms up, and check out these delicious and easy low carb drinks recipes.
For some delicious cocktail recipes check out these Keto Friendly Cocktails for the Holidays.
Want to know more about alcoholic drinks for a keto diet? Check out my article What Are The Best Low Carb Alcoholic Drinks?
Low Carb Drinks
1. Easy Keto Rum Punch
If you’re looking for that perfect summer cocktail drink, then this Easy Keto Rum Punch from Mellissa of I Breathe I’m Hungry is what you need. Made with unsweetened tropical punch, juice, and white rum, each glass of this drink contains only 2 grams of net carbs.
To prepare, all you need is to combine the ingredients in a cocktail shaker. Shake for 20 seconds, and pour in a glass filled with ice! Serve with your choice of garnishings, but make sure they are low in carbs.
2. Sparkling Raspberry Limeade Cocktail
Now that the weather has started to warm up, we all are craving a glass of delicious ice-cold drink. If you’re on the keto diet or just looking to cut out the carbs, then this Sparkling Raspberry Limeade Cocktail from Lisa of Low Carb Yum is the perfect drink to prepare.
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This non-alcoholic drink is made with sparkling raspberry lemonade, unsweetened raspberries, lime juice, and stevia drops. All ingredients used are low in carbs, giving you only 3.4 grams of net carbs in every glass.
3. Low Sugar Margarita with Orange Extract
Margarita is one of the world’s most loved cocktail drinks. It’s usually made with tequila, orange liquor, and some syrup, which often have high concentrations of sugar. Thankfully, there’s a low carb version of this famous drink.
This Low Sugar Margarita With Orange Extract from Laura Dolson on Very Well Fit uses lime juice and orange extract. You have the option to add stevia or agave syrup to sweeten it a bit, but this could increase its carb content. So add them in moderation, if you want a sweeter version of this low carb drink.
4. Low Carb Vodka Mojito
If you’re a big fan of a mojito but have to give it up because of its high sugar content, then check out this low carb and sugar-free Vodka Mojito recipe from Ketogasm. It does not have all the sugar and carbs that make up a traditional mojito cocktail.
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The Tasha, the recipe creator, has replaced the sugar with granulated stevia and added a shot of vodka and a small amount of club soda. The result is a delicious and refreshing cocktail drink that contains only 2 grams of net carbs per serving!
5. Keto Cranberry Lemon Spritzer
Another non-alcoholic drink that you can enjoy on your low carb diet is this Keto Cranberry Lemon Spritzer made by Lindsey of All the Nourishing Things. This recipe uses honey, which is not very keto-friendly.
Instead of honey, consider using other low carb sweeteners instead, such as stevia. The other ingredients used are organic cranberries, lemon juice, and sparkling mineral water.
Related reading: 4 Best Natural Low Carb Sweeteners
This low carb drinks recipe might sound simple, but it’s so delicious and refreshing and can make for a great alternative to your favorite soda drink.
6. Low Carb Piña Colada
Everyone loves a piña colada, and who doesn’t? This delicious tropical treat is made with a combination of pineapple and coconut. But as you know, pineapple is not a keto-friendly fruit.
This drink can be made with a slice of fresh pineapple if you are not on a very low carb diet. One serving would be 7.6 g of net carbs. If that would be too many carbs for you then you can make it with a pineapple extract instead in which case the carb count would be 4.3g net carbs.
If you go for the so called “natural” food extract in this recipe from Martina of Keto Diet App make sure it does not contain propylene glycol. Some health advocates like Dr Axe say that it can be potentially toxic.
7. Keto Carrot & Ginger Juice
Carrot juice is incredibly nutritious. It provides a good amount of potassium and several other nutrients including beta-carotene, Vitamins C, and K. But not all carrot juice recipes are low carb.
In fact, carrots are among those veggetables that you should avoid if you’re following a low carb diet. They are made of about 10% carbs, consisting of starch, fiber, and simple sugars.
This Carrot and Ginger Juice made by Kate of Paleo Low Carb Kate is a great recipe to follow if you want to treat yourself to a glass of healthy carrot juice. Unlike the other carrot juice recipes, this recipe uses only a few medium-sized carrots, so you can porbably still stick to your macros while enjoying a glass of refreshing carrot juice.
8. Sugar free Strawberry Limeade
Fresh strawberries, lime juice, and stevia drops come together to make this refreshing non-alcoholic drink with only 3 grams of net carbs per serving! A perfect low carb alternative to the strawberry limeade that we all love, this refreshing low carb drinks recipe is created by Lisa of the Low Carb Yum.
It uses only four ingredients and is easy to prepare. All you need is a blender to blend the strawberries with the lime juice. Pour in a glass filled with ice and serve with some fresh strawberries. Delicious!
9. Peach Long Island Tea
Long Island iced tea is a popular cocktail drink made with vodka, tequila, rum, triple sec and a splash of cola. With all the alcohol and sugar that’s added to this drink, drinking even a small glass could kick you out of ketosis.
But, Katherine of Lowcarb-ology has luckily created a low carb version of this famous drink. She says that the peach Tea Water Enhancer, which has zero carbs and calories makes this drink but MiO water enhancers contain sucralose, an artificial sweetener.
The FDA approves sucralose as 98% safe, with the remaining 2% containing heavy metals as a result of it’s manufacture. Heavy metals are toxic and can build up in your body if you are not a good detoxifer of them.
Long-term use of this sweetener could cause problems. As the recipe only calls for a squirt it may be okay to use it once in a while but I wonder if it’s really necessary.
10. Zero Carb Moscow Mule
Moscow Mule is a popular cocktail drink served in a copper mug and prepared using vodka, spicy ginger beer, and lime juice. Everything in this drink is low carb except for the ginger beer.
As you know, beer can contain lots of carbs and could put you out of ketosis. So instead of the beer, Georgina from Step away From The Carbs used a diet ginger ale to create a low carb drinks recipe inspired by this famous cocktail. The result is a zero-carb Moscow Mule that tastes just as great as the original recipe.
Just remember that most diet ginger ales contain artificial sweeterers. Some I’ve checked contain Sucralose and Acesulfame K which is also controversial. Some researchers claim they can interfere with appetite regulation, disrupt metabolism and blood sugar control. Not ideal if you are following the keto diet precisely to improve those things.
So, if you are going to make low carb drinks with diet ginger ale it’s probably a good idea to not have too many or too often.
Top drinks image by Leandro Inhesta
Margarita image by Jon Sullivan