Are you ready for a ketogenic diet, but not ready to give up your favorite cocktail? You don’t have to go cold turkey and deprive yourself of a relaxing drink every now and again. However, there are still a few things you need to remember.
Carbs are everywhere, even in your favorite beer and wine. These drinks contain natural sugars and grains that are converted to ethyl alcohol during the fermentation or distillation process. Any amount of these drinks that you put in your body contributes to the production of ketones. As a result, overindulging can ruin your weight loss plan. Individuals on a keto diet may also be more susceptible to feeling hangovers and dehydration.
Here are some easy fixes to keep your cocktail keto-friendly:
- Unflavored Rum – Most unflavored rum has little to no carbohydrates. Darker rum is deeper in complexity, giving you more flavor without artificial flavorings. It is perfect in Mojitos and daiquiris.
- Dry sparkling wine or champagne – These types of wine also have little to no sugar. During the fermentation process, yeast consumes the sugar from the juice of the grapes, leaving the wine with no sugary sweetness. Some examples of dry wines include Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, and Sauvignon Blanc.
- "Skinny bitch" – A skinny bitch is a cocktail with 0 grams of carbs. It is most often made with vodka or gin, club soda, and lime. It is the best option if you want to eliminate artificial sweeteners and sugar from your cocktail.
- Whiskey – Whiskey is made up of various kinds of grains; however, it still contains 0 grams of carbs and is gluten-free. There are various different classes of whiskey such as Bourbon, Jack Daniels, and Chivas Regal.
- Dry wine, either red or white – One glass of dry wine only contains about 2 grams of net carbs.
- Cognac – Cognac is best paired with sugar-free mixers.
- Gin – Pair gin with a martini for an extravagant, but low carb, flavor.
- Vodka – This spirit is very versatile and best infused with fresh mint, lemon, cinnamon, and other spices.
Add some of the following ingredients to your spirits for a new twist:
- Ginger has medicinal effects and generates a warming effect in our bodies. It’s also great as a flavor infusion. Just mix a little ginger in with the vodka, put the lid on, and set the mixture aside for seven days or until it develops the flavor you want.
- Try a margarita with a squeeze of lime. Use one jigger--or about 1.5 oz.--of tequila, three squeezes of lime juice, and four drops of sucralose. (Although sucralose is an artificial sweetener that is up to 650 sweeter than sugar, it doesn’t have the same effect on the body because it is not recognized by your body as a carbohydrate.) Add crushed ice, and you're good to go!
- Refresh your rum. Mince about eight pieces of mint leaves and add to 2.5 oz. of rum. Add a squeeze of lime and a low-carb sugar syrup to enhance the taste.
All these recipes are customizable. You may use your own ingredient to fit your taste. Just make sure your variety is still low-carb, so you can stay within your keto diet plan limits!
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