Got a social event coming up soon? Perhaps a bachelorette party, meal, and drinks with friends, or fancywork dinner? Then you’re probably wondering what keto-friendly alcoholic drinks you can enjoy.
The Keto Girl Method is all about a sustainable and holistic approach to weight loss. This means I advocate for eating and drinking what you love and encouraging women to stop restricting foods.
So if you feel like a margarita or even a glass of champagne, go ahead! There are just a few key tips and questions to keep in mind before you order.
Anti-inflammatory options are essential to your keto weight loss success – and this couldn’t be more true for women suffering from PCOS, Hypothyroidism, and Hashimoto’s. Luckily, there are plenty of keto-friendly alcoholic mixed drinks, along with other non-mixed options, to enjoy.
Here’s what you need to know before browsing the menu, and some simple recipes for you to try at home.
Ingredients to avoid for Keto Girl-approved alcoholic drinks
The biggest inflammatory culprits to look out for in cocktails are gluten, dairy, and eggs.
These pesky ingredients can hinder your weight loss and aggravate autoimmune conditions such as Hashimoto’s. And they are surprisingly common in popular alcoholic mixed drinks.
Are you a fan of an amaretto sour or whiskey sour? Then you may be surprised to know that these traditionally contain egg whites to give them that soft texture.
Plus, plenty of classic cocktail variations such as chocolate martinis often has milk as the main ingredient. Then there’s gluten, which can creep into many favorite mixed drinks via additives and food colorings (read more about Hashimoto’s and gluten).
Be sure to look out for these top three inflammatory ingredients when choosing a keto-friendly beverage.
Key tips for drinking alcohol on a Keto Girl diet
Here are some simple tips I recommend you keep in mind during your meal, party or night out (along with looking out for these red-flag ingredients):
Alternate with a glass of water
We’ve all heard this one before, but how many of us actually do it?
Keeping hydrated is super important for everyone, including those on a keto diet. Although you may feel like you’re drinking lots of fluid while socializing at the bar, alcohol can actually dehydrate you.
Alternating with a glass of water between keto-friendly drinks will keep you well hydrated, and will also have the added bonus of helping you feel fresh the morning after!
Eat protein and fat
Healthy protein and fat are vital for a successful keto diet, and The Keto Girl Method is no exception.
While I don’t believe in restricting food, including carbs, it’s a good idea to choose a meal that’s got plenty of protein and fat while drinking your keto-friendly alcoholic mixed drinks.
Browse the menu online beforehand so you feel prepared. Remember that it’s totally fine to be “picky”, so get some questions ready for your server. Most bars and restaurants will be more than happy to swap out pasta or bread for salad – all you have to do is ask.
Be a drinks snob
Following on nicely, let’s talk about being a drinks “snob”.
It’s completely reasonable to be choosey and particular when ordering your keto-friendly cocktail. Don’t settle for something you’re unsure about or that’s not quite right.
You’re probably paying a good few dollars for your drink and giving a generous tip, therefore you’re well within your rights to get exactly what you want.
Read on for some simple keto-friendly mixed drinks recipes to try at home.
Keto-friendly cocktail recipes
It’s a smart idea to have a few keto-approved alcoholic mixed drink recipes up your sleeve for home parties, special dinners, and weekend movie nights.
Here are my favorites…
The classic margarita can be adapted in countless ways, including “skinny” versions with fewer calories and without any inflammatory ingredients.
- kosher salt or coarsely ground sea salt
- 2 ounces (¼ cup) silver tequila
- 1 ½ ounce (3 tablespoons/about 1 ½ small limes) fresh lime juice
- 1 ounce (2 tablespoons/about ½ of a medium orange) fresh orange juice
- 1 teaspoon Swoon
- 1 lime wedge or round, for garnish
Use the lime wedge to coat the rim of your glass with salt, then simply use a cocktail shaker to combine the tequila, lime juice and swoon (you could add ice too). Strain the mix into your glass, adding the lime to garnish.
Gin & tonic with lemon & basil
A gin and tonic, or G&T as the Brits say, is a refreshing long drink with a classy vibe. Gin is already a low-calorie spirit option, so this keto-friendly alcoholic drink doesn’t need much tweaking.
- 1-2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 3-4 fresh basil leaves
- 2 tablespoons gin
- ice cubes
- diet tonic water
- lemon zest twist, to garnish
Mix together the basil leaves and lemon juice in your favorite highball glass, then pour in your gin and give everything a stir before adding the ice cubes. Next top up with diet tonic water and stir together. Finish by adding the lemon garnish.
Finally, the classic American cocktail, the dry martini.
- 2½ ounces gin or you can use gluten-free vodka if you prefer
- ½ ounce dry vermouth, preferably Noilly Prat
- green olive for garnish
This one is super simple. Add the gin or gluten-free vodka and vermouth into a mixing glass and combine. Then strain into a chilled cocktail glass of your choice and finish with the green olive garnish.
Other keto-friendly alcoholic drinks include dry wines, champagne and prosecco, and hard seltzers.
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Rest assured that a night out at the bar or a date night at home is still totally accessible while on your Keto Girl journey.
With my proven method, you’ll learn about the root cause of your weight gain. What’s more, I’ll teach you how to address this sustainably and holistically with anti-inflammatory keto meals that will keep you full and prevent a sluggish metabolism.
Forget counting carbs and saying no to social plans, and begin a new healthier, and better-balanced lifestyle.
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