A frequently asked question of people on low carb or keto lifestyles is “What can I drink?” or, “Are there any cocktails that are OK?” The good news is that there are drinks you can enjoy, with or without alcohol, as long as you choose compliant ingredients. This Low Carb Blackberry Mojito is a great summer drink that fits in with low carb lifestyles. Just know your ingredients (especially when it comes to mixers) and you’re good to go!
What to know about alcohol and a low carb lifestyle?
These are the five tips that I consider most important when incorporating alcohol into a low carb lifestyle:
- Alcohol is processed in the liver and it is metabolized first, before anything else. It will temporarily disrupt or pause fat burning if you are in a state of ketosis. If you are on a keto diet, just know that the disruption of ketosis is temporary, unlike the longer term impact of eating sugar and carbs.
- People on a low carb or keto diet will feel the effects of alcohol much quicker than those on a Standard American Diet (SAD)
- People on a low carb or keto diet will also recover from the effects of alcohol quicker
- Hangovers are much, much worse on a low carb or keto diet, so be aware and be careful.
- Replenishing electrolytes after a night out and before bed can help tremendously with avoiding a hangover the next day. Click here for a DIY drink called Ketorade that is good for replenishment of electrolytes.
What kind of drinks are compliant with low carb?
Here are 4 tips to be aware of when choosing your drinks:
- Avoid beer. They are quite high in carbs and gluten and even “low carb beer” isn’t really compliant. This is probably the worst form of alcohol you can have if your goal is to lose fat, especially belly fat. They don’t call it a beer-belly for nothing!
- Go for distilled spirits (unflavored) like vodka, gin, rum, bourbon, scotch, etc. They do not have carbs. As mentioned earlier the alcohol will temporarily disrupt ketosis, but it will not add to your carb level overall.
- Watch out for mixers. Tonic water, sweet and sour mix, and bloody mary mix are heavy with sugar and carbs. Opt for your favorite spirit with some club soda and a few squeezes of lime for the best low carb drink.
- Dry wine is not too bad, but it does have carbs, so take it easy on the amount.
Here is a How-To Video on Making the Low Carb Blackberry Mojito
Low Carb Blackberry Mojito
- 8 leaves mint
- 5 blackberries
- 1/4 inch lime slice cut into quarters
- 1/2 oz Blackberry Mint Shrub Syrup
- 1/2 tsp Stevia optional
- 1 oz white rum
- 5 oz water sparkling or fizzy water
- In a glass muddle together the mint, the berries, the limes and the Blackberry Shrub Syrup
- Add ice to the glass and pour in 1 to 2 oz rum. Top off with sparkling water
- Garnish with lime wedges and/or fresh blackberries