Keto-Friendly Alcohol Recipes for Summer Bods

Unless you have been under a rock, you’ve heard of the Keto Diet. This low-carb diet, akin to Atkins, makes you cut back on the carbs like sugars and sodas. Most people are discouraged from drinking any alcoholic beverages while on Keto (what fun is that?). However, in Annapolis, we are a drinking town with a sailing problem. That is why we have put together a list of keto-friend alcohol recipes you can have and still stay on track.

Spicy Margarita

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On the keto diet, sugar is a no go. But, this low-carb spicy margarita recipe calls for a stevia-based sugar substitute. So, it’s both keto-friendly and the perfect ratio of sour to sweet. Using tart lime juice, fresh jalapeños, and homemade simple syrup, you’ll have zero guilt indulging in this cocktail. Enjoy this margarita for just 145 calories and 4.5 grams of carbs by following these steps:

  1. Make a simple syrup by mixing a ½ cup of Trulia sugar with a ½ cup water in a pot over medium heat. Bring to a simmer until reduced, around 5-7 minutes. It should have the texture of syrup. Let it cool. 
  2. Slice one jalapeño pepper into small bites. 
  3. Squeeze two limes into a bowl.
  4. Place the jalapeño into a cocktail shaker and muddle. Add in some ice, lime juice, 1 oz. simple syrup, and 2 oz. tequila. Shake well and strain into a glass over ice.
  5. Garnish with an extra slice of jalapeño and lime. 

Berry Infused Prosecco

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Not only is this cocktail easy to make, but it’s also beautiful too. The pretty pink and purple drink is memorable, to say the least. And, you can make it keto and low-carb by choosing a dry prosecco, cava (brut), or champagne (brut or extra dry). Just try to avoid sweet varieties, such as demi-sec, as a rule of thumb. All in all, delight in this keto-friendly cocktail for just 88 calories and 5.5 grams of carbs. Here’s how to make it:

  1. Add 2 tbsp. of frozen mixed berries to a glass and top with Prosecco. Raspberries, blueberries, strawberries or blackberries work best. Then, leave for 10-15 minutes. The longer you leave them to infuse the more colorful the Prosecco will be.
  2. Or, open the Prosecco bottle, add the berries, and seal with a bottle stop to let the berries infuse for about an hour.

Carribean Rum Punch

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Punch drinks often contain a lot of fruit juices mixed together which can quickly add up the sugars. In fact, this is the case with a majority of rum drinks in general. However, this keto cocktail recipe calls for sugar-free flavored water enhancers instead. Just under 160 calories and less than 1 carb per serving, this low-carb version is just as refreshing as the original. Follow these steps to a knock-out rum punch: 

  1. Add 1 ½ oz. of dark rum, 1 oz. light rum, 1/3 tsp coconut pineapple water enhancers, 10 drops orange water enhancer, ⅓ oz. lime juice, and ice to a shaker.
  2. Shake gently and strain into a chilled glass of ice.
  3. Pour in 6 oz. club soda. You can also substitute lemon-lime soda or diet ginger ale. 
  4. Garnish with a slice of lime.

Additional Keto-friendly Drinks

The best part? Festival has all the spirits you need to make these lovely drinks. Need something more on the go? Try our new hard seltzers, like Truly or Bon & Viv. They are also low in calories. If in a pitch, and just wanting one drink, you can still have a glass of wine. The drier the better. Red wines and white wines have options. Just ask us if you aren’t sure what to pick. When in doubt though, just go hard. Whiskey, gin, tequila, rum, and vodka (in their pure forms) are completely free of carbs. (Hell, yeah!) We have exclusive month discounts on spirits and wine every month. So, sign up for our Email Club to stay in the know.