Alcohol On A Low Carb, Keto Diet!

Low Carb / Keto

For years, I’ve read countless dieting books that prohibited me from drinking alcohol.  Actually, it’s probably the first thing that many “diet gurus” say to cut out of your diet and for (somewhat) good reason. Alcohol gets a bad reputation because it’s basically empty calories.

In an ideal world, sure. I’ll give up alcohol to lose weight. But let’s get serious. I’m 23 years old and I very much enjoy a tasty alcoholic beverage (or 5) and a wild night out on the town with my friends.

The beauty of a ketogenic, low carb diet is that you can still enjoy yourself from time-to-time with alcohol and still lose weight! However, there are some guidelines as to what alcohols you can enjoy and those you should avoid.

Keto Liquor

On average, one shot is the equivalent to about 1.5oz and for these spirits have a nutritional value of 0 carbs and roughly 64 calories.  Of course, this will vary depending on how much is actually in your beverage (order a double? Double the nutritional stats).

Approved spirits on a keto, low carb diet include:

Clear Spirits

  • Vodka (Three Olives, Absolut, Grey Goose, etc.)
  • Rum (Captain Morgan, etc)
  • Gin (Tanqueray, Beefeater, etc)
  • Tequila

Dark Spirits

  • Whiskey (Jack Daniel’s, etc.)
  • Scotch
  • Brandy
  • Cognac (Hennessy, etc.)

Please note that these are for the original, unflavored versions. For flavored spirits (including flavored vodkas and some dark/coconut rums), always check up on nutritional information before consuming as they often contain carbohydrates.

My spirit of choice is generally a nice gin (with soda water and lime) or cognac (with diet cola).

Keto Beer

I’m going to be up front. It’s really hard to drink really great beers on a keto, low carb diet.  No more craft beers or IPAs. You’re doomed to mostly light beers which generally just leave me longing for something more. Basically, you want to avoid anything red, amber or dark.

Some low carb beer picks include (per 12 oz/bottle):

Lowest Carb Beers

  • Bud Select 55: 55 calories, 1.9 carbs
  • MGD 64: 64 calories, 2.4 carbs
  • Rolling Rock Green Light: 92 calories, 2.4 carbs
  • Michelob Ultra: 95 calories, 2.6 carbs
  • Bud Select: 99 calories, 3.1 carbs
  • Miller Lite: 96 calories, 3.2 carbs

Moderate Carb Beers

  • Natural Light: 95 calories, 3.2 carbs
  • Michelob Ultra Amber: 114 calories, 3.7 carbs
  • Coors Light: 102 calories, 5 carbs
  • Amstel Light: 95 calories, 5 carbs
  • Bud Light: 110 calories, 6.6 carbs

Keto Wine

I was extremely excited to find out that wine can fit into a low carb, keto diet! I had always figured that since it was made from grapes it would be crawling in sugar, but luckily this isn’t the case!  These numbers are based on 5 oz servings.

Red wines to enjoy:

  • Merlot: 120 calories, 3.7 carbs
  • Pinot Noir: 121 calories, 3.4 carbs
  • Cabernet: 120 calories, 3.8 carbs
  • Syrah: 130 calories, 3.9 carbs
  • Zinfandel: 130 calories, 4.2 carbs

White wines to enjoy:

  • Champagne/Sparking whites: 96 calories, 1.5 carbs
  • Pinot Gris/Grigio: 122 calories, 3.2 carbs
  • Chardonnay: 118 calories, 3.7 carbs
  • Riesling: 118 calories, 5.5 carbs

Chasers and Mixers

For mixing or chasing, you have many no sugar, zero calorie options:

  • Diet soda (Coke Zero, Diet Coke, Diet Ginger Ale)
  • Soda water
  • Diet tonic water
  • Seltzer water
  • Sugar-free energy drinks (Red Bull, Monster, etc.)
  • Sparkling water (Perrier, LaCroix)
  • Crystal Light

Tips, tricks and what to avoid

  • No matter how much I love it, avoid Jagermeister. For one shot, it’s roughly 10 carbs.
  • Be wary of food choices while under the influence. You can still get the fatty cheeseburger, but avoid the bun and French fries.
  • Avoid fruit juice, shots with fruity tastes (peach schnapps, blue curacao, etc.) as they’re just generally concentrated sources of sugar and carbohydrates.
  • Be aware that when consuming alcohol, it is burned first before fat in the body. For some people, this causes a stall. In others, it jumpstarts weight loss. Test it for yourself and see how your body handles it!
  •  #1 Rule – After a few weeks of a low carb diet, you will notice your alcohol tolerance is dramatically lower. Take caution! One or two drinks should be more than enough!

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  1. Carleen on February 4, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    LOVE your url! 🙂
    And thanks for this info.

  2. Deb on October 4, 2017 at 10:07 am

    There is a full strength beer in Australia called Big Head beer and it has 0 carbs…yes ZERO

  3. John ritter on October 1, 2017 at 2:13 pm

    Awesome info, thank you.

  4. Suzanne Hendricks Poole on September 26, 2017 at 2:15 am

    I had been exactly looking for this keto diet info. Thanks for the research.

  5. Kim on September 16, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    Thank you for writing this. I’m over 50 and love my wine. It is hard to cut out alcohol for our age too lol. You must be a fun and beautiful person. I got the humor and smart advice in your article. Good luck !

  6. Terr on August 13, 2017 at 10:22 pm

    Thanks so much!!!

  7. Jackie Esposito on August 1, 2017 at 5:18 pm

    I thought thus was very helpful. Thank you

  8. Sharon on June 20, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Thanks for the informative list of keto friendly alcohol. Today is my birthday, and the traditional lunch with my family. Now I can enjoy a glass of Chardonnay without guilt!

  9. Marion on May 26, 2017 at 5:24 pm

    Is there a zero carb coconut rum? I’m having a hard time finding nutritional facts on alcoholic beverages, but I really would like to buy a coconut rum for summer drinks. Thank you 🙂

    • Dominic on March 4, 2018 at 2:17 pm

      I don’t believe so as the coconut is generally a sweetened flavoring. Personally, I’d probably try doing a creamy coconut drink with unsweetened rum and coconut milk. Yum.

  10. Greggers on May 11, 2017 at 12:08 am

    Bacardi rum with Red Bull “Total Zero”… You’ll thank me later

  11. Kimberly on May 1, 2017 at 4:50 am

    🙂 thank you great information 🙂

  12. Cindy on April 29, 2017 at 3:18 am

    Excellent advice and you answered all my questions. Thanks!

  13. Niall on April 28, 2017 at 4:52 pm

    Nice article thanks .In ketosis 2 weeks now and tommorow is fight night and I wasn’t sure what to drink.think itl be vodka and coke zero now

  14. Carmen Luna on April 20, 2017 at 2:07 am

    Thank you for the information!

  15. Sue on October 28, 2016 at 12:08 am

    Thank you! I would be skinny if I did not enjoy alcohol so much!

  16. Shirley on October 24, 2016 at 2:36 am

    Carb count for white Zinfandel

  17. Jill on September 21, 2016 at 11:59 pm

    I just found this blog, and there is so much helpful information. I am a mom of two just starting a low carb diet to lose the extra 10-15 lbs I gained several years ago when my boys were young. I have found that I lose more weight the eating full fat butter, cheese and avocado than trying to eat typical diet foods.Also, I just wanted to commend everyone who posted for being so supportive. I usually cringe when I scroll down to read comments because they get so rude and snarky. This is a positive forum. Keep up the good work sending a ray of knowledge and light into an often dark and negative online environment. Love, peace and goodwill to all.

  18. Ann on June 30, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    I’m curious about how you can justify diet drinks when the literature out there out there is warning people of the dangers of diet drinks and how they affect your body. I stick to drinks that I can sweeten with stevia or other organic, natural sweetener. You seem to be a walking ad for Coca Cola products! Shouldn’t you be talking about alternatives to soda pop as a mixer?

    • Dominic on July 11, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      Walking ad? That’s a bit of a stretch. I’m willing to meet people where they are with their journey. For many, that includes diet soda. Just remember that not everyone is the exact same as you.

      • Dennis Conley on September 3, 2016 at 11:56 pm

        Coke Zero is just fine as the article says.

  19. Jasmine on March 6, 2016 at 7:43 pm

    Would you recommend wine over alcohol? Since the body prioritizes breaking down the alcohol over fat would it break down the carbs over fat and this be beneficial in remaining in ketosis of wine consumption is kept under 20g that day??


    • Dominic on March 11, 2016 at 2:10 pm

      I’d probably recommend clear spirits over wine, but choose what you like best and stay under 20grams!

  20. JESS on February 18, 2016 at 2:03 am


    Thank you for sharing this with us. I see that vodka has no carbs but do you have any info about what happens inside the body? I drink regularly and while I have been cutting down, wonder how vodka would do to ketosis. From what I read, alcohol turns partially into sugar in the body. Is there an equivilent to “net carbs” for alcohol that does not contain sugar?

    Your response is appreciated. I listed my email but if a response is not automatically generated I would appreciate that as well.

    Thank you for your help.

    Kind regards,

    • Dominic on February 25, 2016 at 2:33 am

      It’s my understanding that your liver will prioritize burning the alcohol instead of fat so you might stall.

    • robert on April 26, 2017 at 6:27 pm

      Although alcohol does screw-up your blood sugar levels (in fact it can make it dive dangerously if you’re diabetic) due to it taking priority in the liver, as Dominic states, but it doesn’t convert into sugar. In fact its the sugar in the fermenting process that transforms into alcohol (and bubbles)

  21. Daniel on January 19, 2016 at 7:05 pm

    I was a heavy drinker for years before keto, so this is of interest to me. My experience with alcohol while in ketosis has been mixed. I would echo what others have said, basically your body can respond unpredictably to alcohol. My first experience was wasted and terrible hangover on a 12 pack, that is an amount which would normally only produce a buzz for me. The hangover may have been more dehydration than anything, I would definitely recommend the old alternate water and drink approach and try to remember to drink as much water as you can stand before sleeping/passing out. Also, on that occasion I was drinking very high carb craft beer. And it knocked me out of ketosis for days.

    Some people claim alcohol alone can knock them out of ketosis, I tend to think I am one of these people. So my heavy drinking days are over, and I would suggest to anyone serious about keto diet to avoid regular alcohol use. But as the author stated, it can be a nearly unavoidable part of your lifestyle and if it’s something you want to include in your life I think this article offers some great ideas on how to do so with least damage.

    Keep in mind that ALL alcohol is created by fermentation, which is allowing yeast to feed on CARBS (sugars and grain) and the yeast converts it into alcohol and CO2. With spirits we further distill that to remove more “other stuff” and leave the alcohol. The fact that alcohol begins as sugar kind of leads one to believe that while it technically isn’t carbs, it may cause trouble for some on keto diet. But if you can handle it and stay in ketosis or want to use it occasionally (I do) even though it may bump you out of ketosis, just know the risks and see how your body responds.

  22. bob on June 14, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    Having been on a no carb diet for two weeks, and heeding the warning of “no alcohol,” I checked the carbs in a Glenlevit 15 year scotch. Ans: zero carbs. Bought a bottle. Dinner: cheeseburger, cuccumber, and scotch on the rocks in a Waterford glass……
    Satisfying, and slept well that night. If you are going to drink, drink well…..

  23. Hunter on June 12, 2015 at 6:37 pm

    Thank you Dominic! Great info.
    I have been doing a lchf diet for 5 weeks now and I am down 20+ pounds!
    Tonight I will be meeting up with a old buddy at a local watering hole and I was worried about breaking my keto state.
    But now I feel more confident about what I can and can’t have to keep my chemistry happy.
    Also, thank you about the heads-up concerning low carb and reduced alcohol tolerance. Something very important to note!

  24. Shannon on May 29, 2015 at 12:12 am

    I mix a white rum with the Coconut/Pineapple Sparkling Ice Water. The Sparkling Ice Water has zero calories and zero carbs. I know its in small amounts, but it has a little vitamins in it too.

  25. Don on May 27, 2015 at 2:35 am

    Dominic thank you for all this information, I’ve been losing pounds and inches like crazy in just 3 weeks. 16+ lbs.

    • Dominic on June 9, 2015 at 10:47 pm

      Awesome, great job!

  26. Michelle Fox on April 1, 2015 at 12:13 am

    This is awesome! Thank you for posting this guideline!! Happy Birthday weekend to me

  27. Robert Morris on March 29, 2015 at 1:58 pm

    What do you think about the Atkins diet? Do you have a HFLC guide? Or recommend one?

    • Dominic on April 3, 2015 at 1:38 am

      I think the Atkin’s Diet is a good diet to follow. I don’t have a template yet, but there’s a good one here:

      • Vale on April 13, 2015 at 4:31 pm

        Hi Dominic
        I’m new to the lchf diet. I do enjoy a glass of wine at evening time. However, I think it has to be counted in the total calories allowed per day. I’m on a 1200 cal per day lchf diet which, when I was younger I would loose 2-3 lbs per day. Now I mighy loose .5 lb per week. Frustrating!! I did cut out the wine for two weeks and it did not make a difference in my weight loss. Any advice?

        • Dominic on May 7, 2015 at 3:49 pm

          What’s your dairy consumption like? Too much can stall some people.

  28. michelle on March 20, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    my question is: when i do indulge, how should I eat? should I make sure and eat HF to balance blood sugar? or not eat?

    • Dominic on April 3, 2015 at 1:37 am

      Eat fat at every meal. Eat until you’re not hungry anymore. If you find you aren’t looking, you might have to count calories but for most people this isn’t the case.

  29. cathy s on March 19, 2015 at 4:58 pm

    Hi I’ve been following a low carb diet for just under six months now a bit like the Atkins diet I have lost 50 pounds which I am very thankful for but I find in the last month I’ve really not lost much of anythingI do like to have white wine on a regular basis on wondering if I switched to vodka and water with a bit of flavorings would that make a difference Thanks

    • Dominic on April 3, 2015 at 1:38 am

      Alcohol in general could stall, so if you would considering taking it out it may help. Dairy is another big one (especially cheese).

  30. Greg on February 27, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Got two that I love and still use… both based on 0 carb RUM with no flavoring (got to watch those flavored RUMs)

    Call this the [U]Slice Shot [/U](Arnold Palmer with Rum… get it?)
    -Peach Ice Tea (Walmart variety packets)
    -Lemon aid (again, just the Walmart variety sweetener packets)
    -Rum to taste….

    I call this the [U]California Cream[/U] (Not Irish cream, BUT CLOSE)
    -Silk Almond Milk (unsweetened, low/no crabs)
    -Liquid Stevie drink sweetener to taste.

  31. Tia on February 19, 2015 at 3:03 pm

    Wachusett blueberry beer also is low in carbs

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  33. James on February 12, 2015 at 12:29 am

    Well my cravings for sweets ever lessen? I’m new to keto and I have a serious sweet tooth.

    • Dominic on February 19, 2015 at 6:25 am

      They should over time. If you are consuming artificial sweeteners, I would cut down them on them drastically as they can still have a sugar-craving effect.


      • Victoria on March 26, 2016 at 3:52 am

        Dominic, I only use Stevia for any sweetening that I desire. Will that create more sugar cravings? Label says 0 carbs.

        • Dominic on April 28, 2016 at 1:23 am

          Everyone is different so it depends. If you find yourself craving sweets, it would be the first thing I try to eliminate and see if that works. If you continue to lose and can manage cravings with it, keep it up!

      • Phil steele on May 17, 2016 at 9:00 pm

        Hi Dominic
        I’ve a really sweet tooth and I’ve seen some Atkins chocolate bars?
        They talk about not counting total carbs, just the net carbs,
        16.4g total carb- 14.9g polyols = 1.5g net carb? Can you shed any light on this for me?

        • Dominic on June 2, 2016 at 9:49 pm

          That’s correct. Fiber is not digestible and does not have to be counted in carb counts. If you continue to lose and have them, by all means, enjoy them! I find that they cause me to have sugar cravings and some less-than-favorable bathroom issues. Whoops.

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  35. linzee on January 24, 2015 at 5:22 pm

    just fyi for anyone reading here, Amstel Light is gluten-free.

    • Aces on April 11, 2016 at 6:47 am

      Love this article, Dominic- well written and thorough. =) Thank you! I decided to try keto when my weight started steadily climbing upward. I became heavier than I was at the end of my third pregnancy. I had ZERO energy, as well. It was horrible! I really stuck to the suggestions for staying in ketosis. No carbs the first week, and always less than about 20g carbs per day after that. Never need to count calories. =) I lost 60 lbs in about 9 weeks! At first I was scared to eat so much fat, but after the first week of feeling a bit funky, I feel awesome! Sooo much more energy! I love craft beers, but made the drastic switch to vodka and zero carb flavored sparkling water. I make sure to take highly bio-available magnesium and potassium if I feel fatigued (maybe 1-2 times a week). I keep up with leafy greens (mostly turnip greens, spinach and kale-which I use uncooked in place of bread). I munch on fatty, precooked meat like untrimmed pork chops or steak when I feel ravenously hungry, or maybe a couple hard boiled eggs. I add full fat mayo or sour cream to whatever I can. But I think the key for me has been to start every day with a cup of coffee- no food, this IS my breakfast- with about 2 tsp to 2 tbsp organic unrefined coconut oil in it, with some vanilla or perhaps heavy cream. Always try to add as much healthy fats to a meal as possible, especially if my weight loss stalls or I gain a little. Avocados are great for this too. Can’t believe the results! Sticking with keto for good, and I feel loads better than I did while eating tons of carbs and gluten! Love supportive sites such as yours!

      • Aces on April 11, 2016 at 7:07 am

        (Actually meant to post this comment under the general thread comments, sorry!! …But to Linzee- glad to know there is still a beer I can enjoy, guilt-free!)

      • Dominic on April 28, 2016 at 1:20 am

        Great job, Aces! Keep it up!

      • Guy on June 17, 2016 at 5:01 pm

        I liked your comment so much I’m using it to explain to people about my diet.

  36. LORI MCLAIN on January 9, 2015 at 1:47 pm

    I can drink vodka & rum straight but it has to be UV flavored vodka and Malibu rum. Where can I find the carb counts on these they are not listed on the bottles

    • Dominic on January 17, 2015 at 7:12 pm

      Your best bet us to contact the company, they aren’t usually that great about listing their ingredients. I noticed that most flavored vodkas are around 2-3 carbs a shot. I am guessing the Malibu rum is probably more carby since it’s fairly sweet.

      • blondedoesentmeasureiq on January 31, 2016 at 12:06 am

        Congrats on your weight loss! Can you tell me how many carbs you are getting each day with this amount of weight loss? And are you on any exersize program! I’m really excited to hear that I may not have to give up my patrone or vodka!!

        • Dominic on February 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm


          I no longer track specifics, but I am always under 50 grams. Some people need to do under 20 to keep losing and keep their blood sugar stable.


  37. Emily on January 8, 2015 at 4:57 am

    Thank you thank you thank you! I’m a chardonnay addict and just started a Keto diet this week. I didn’t think I could have any alcohol at all anymore! I’ve lost 5 pounds already, and didn’t want to ruin it.

    I had no idea Chardonnay has only a little over 3 carbs per glass! What a happy surprise. Thanks for this article!

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  39. Mary Jane on October 30, 2014 at 11:04 pm

    i found a website – vineyard that offers sugarless wine!! it’s organic and no sugar added, and say’s 1/2 the calories.
    what do you think about this? Is it too good to be true?
    i’m on ideal protein- low carb and no sugar. Will this de-rail me?
    Mary Jane

    • Dominic on November 9, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      Most wines are no sugar added, they get the natural sugar from the grapes. I would probably just drink regular wine as the “sugarless” wine is probably a much more expensive choice.

  40. Charlene on October 25, 2014 at 9:21 am

    I have done low-carb before and 0 carb alcohol never stalled me, and I drink several times a week. However, a couple months ago I started low carbing again as I put on a lot of weight in a very short time, oddly without any significant change in eating habits. Well, after an entire month of less than 20 net carbs a day I GAINED 5 pounds! I went to the dr, got some lab work done, and low and behold HYPOTHYROIDISM. Been on medication for that for a couple months now and am less than a week back in to the diet. Hoping to see some results, but not major. Thyroid is back in normal limits but on the edge. I guess my point here is that stalling could also be medical. As I said I’ve done low carb before and lost 50 pounds easily, all while drinking vodka or rum mixed with a sugar free, 0 carb beverage on a more than regular basis.

    • Dominic on October 25, 2014 at 5:16 pm


      Glad you’re back on track and thanks so much for the helpful information.


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      HI Charlene – I have been diagnosed with HYPOTHYROIDISM aswell so take time to get your dosage right and T levels adjusted before. without this your rowing a boat without a paddle so to speak.

      I am now on 100mg of levo (doubled last year and feel great with a plus of weight loss during low carb.

      the only way to know it works is to experiment..!

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  43. teresa on October 15, 2014 at 5:25 pm

    Thank you, thank you for this info! I’m only on day 10 and have been losing weight quickly. I was a little nervous about my family coming to visit this weekend. I will be very careful to drink only what’s on the list, and only a couple!

  44. AmySea on October 10, 2014 at 4:08 pm

    Wow, just stumbled on this website. Good information. i just went low carb about 3 weeks ago and have noticed that I cannot tolerate beer anymore! I used to drink beer regularly and have no problem with it. I went out with friends the last two nights and drank 2 pints each night. Not only did I experience hangover symptoms, I also gained about 3 pounds! YIKES! May give wine a try and see if I have better luck with it. If not, it’s vodka/water/lime for me! I feel terrible today!

  45. Larry on October 2, 2014 at 5:34 pm

    How about hard cider?

    • Dominic on October 3, 2014 at 1:49 am


      Unfortunately cider does have quite a bit of carbs!


      • Melissa on October 5, 2014 at 2:04 pm


        My husband & I enjoy vodka–unflavored, with lemon and soda. But we flavor it ourselves with a teabag or two. My favorite is Red Zinger (an herbal tea by Celestial Seasonings) though we’ve also used blueberry or lemon teas. In un-chilled vodka a tea bag will steep in about 5-10 minutes.

        I got the idea from Aquavits made in a Swedish restaurant, where they steep herbs, fruits, veggies, etc. in vodkas for 3 months & up. (Horseradish is great for Bloody Marys–also can be made on the low carb spectrum!)


        • Dominic on October 5, 2014 at 8:17 pm


          Great idea, love that!


        • linda on October 26, 2014 at 9:13 pm

          That is such a great idea! There are so many great herbal teas available, it would fun to experiment….

        • Suzanne Hendricks Poole on September 26, 2017 at 2:36 am

          I’ve been experimenting with infusing vodka with all types of flavorings. Basil, coriander, blueberries, different teas. Great fun. And recently, tequila with jalapenos and a few pineapple chunks. Have to be careful with the fruits, as sometimes it seems I infusing vodka into them. So don’t get carried away eating these delectables. What I do with the fruit is freeze them in ice cube trays with water and use a few for garnishment, and the infused liquor with various favored seltzors.

  46. roseann on September 25, 2014 at 4:21 pm

    Hi I’ve been doing low carb for 3 weeks now and the first 2 weeks I lost about 10lbs. But now almost done with the 3rd week and I haven’t lost anything. I did start adding more vegetables to my meal plans and working out like crazy every day. Can you suggest anything to get out of this plateau?? Two more weeks till my bday and I gotta shed more lbs…lol

    • Dominic on September 29, 2014 at 2:53 am

      I wouldn’t call it a plateau yet. Just keep doing what your doing, reduce your stress levels, and keep eating fat!

    • Megan on November 16, 2014 at 1:14 pm

      That time of the month can really affect your weight loss, but you will find when its finished that more comes off!

  47. Amanda on August 24, 2014 at 6:38 am

    Love your work, l stumbled across it & so glad l did thx. Can you tell me about Pernod pls, l know Ouzo is high in carbs but can’t find anything on it. Can you recommend something similar, l drink it with zero coke.

    • Dominic on August 25, 2014 at 4:55 pm

      Pernod has two carbs per serving and Ouzo has 11, so avoid that one for sure!


      • Amanda on August 29, 2014 at 1:23 am

        Been trying brandy & diet dry: not bad but l end up with intergestion lol

  48. Chris on August 21, 2014 at 10:58 pm

    My fav is Tito’s vodka, club soda and organic lime juice. I try to buy organic whenever possible (so no aspartame, sucralose, etc…) Delicious and refreshing! Zero carbs!

  49. Mireille on August 19, 2014 at 1:15 am

    I am going on vacation tomorrow for 1 week and I definitely want to have drinks.
    I am going to have crystal light or mio with 0 carbs in it and mix it with vodka or rasberry vodka.
    Apparently smirnoff rasberry vodka has 0 carbs.
    I really hope I don’t gain weight from drinking but I will see after my vacation.

    • Dominic on August 20, 2014 at 11:41 pm

      Good luck and have a great time on vacation!


  50. Jamie on August 4, 2014 at 9:42 pm

    Great list of alcohols! I have been having the same issue, I love to party on weekends and it’s hard to say no when everyone around is having drinks. Glad to hear that wine is still available, as well as the hard stuff! It still adds calories, which I have to remember. My go to chaser is La Croix with fresh lemon squeezed – it goes great with rum or vodka!

  51. grndzro on August 3, 2014 at 10:48 pm

    Consuming alcohol all depends on how far into Keto you are. If you are on VLCKD and well adapted you can get tanked on beer and wake up in keto no problem.

  52. FatsyPatsy on July 24, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    OK…… to this CARB thang. I’m in week 4 and have only lost 11# (I assume 3-5 is water). Probably had 10 oz of alcohol the entire month and less than 50 carbs per day (average 32). Still can’t force HIGH FAT stuff down my throat (butter, P’Nut Butter, Cheese, Cream, Mayo) but I’m doing better with lots of FISH and chicken, tofu. Cut out all my wonderful fruit and higher carb veggies like limas, brussels, beets, carrotts. Am I in this “stall” ya’ll keep going on about? or is 1.5# a week the best I can expect?

    • Dominic on August 2, 2014 at 5:22 am

      1.5 is a great number to be losing at. If you experience a week where you haven’t lost anything, I suggest trying a fat fast.

      • blondedoesentmeasureiq on January 31, 2016 at 12:25 am

        I just started the Premier Body Work weight loss program! So far, so good! I dropped 5 lbs the first week. Then had two cavities fixed and ate 1 pint of BLUE BELL HOMEMADE VANILLA ICECREAM! Damn, made me mad at’s I devoured an intire can of whip cream (no carbs), Gained 4 lbs back. I am drinking vodka every evening! Chills out my stress level! OK shud I do 0 carbs for the next week. I go back to Doc in 1 week to get weight loss injections and refill on phentermin. They will do a carb check on me as well! I don’t want to screw this up. My last resort. And I need someone to help me be accountable! I atleast need to drop all the 5 that I gained! Don’t want to fail myself again!

        • Dominic on February 1, 2016 at 6:00 pm


          Be careful with the whipped cream. Though it says 0 per serving, a whole can is likely a pretty decent carb count. They are able to put 0g as long as one serving is less than half a carb.

          I would just focus on getting into ketosis right now. Eat meat, eggs, fat, high fat/low carb dairy and low carb veggies for now. No reason to go zero carbs unless that is your choice.

          For accountability, I highly suggest using some of the Keto/LCHF Facebook groups!


  53. Rui on July 23, 2014 at 8:20 pm

    oh man, what a frustration……that beeeeeeeeeeeer. 🙁

    I guess I will stick with white wine and whisky…..but……that beeeeeeeeeeeeeeer 🙁

    anyway thanks

  54. Laura on July 18, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    Thanks! Really useful tips!

  55. Janis on July 16, 2014 at 5:35 am

    Dominic, I am soo thankful for this information! You are a lifesaver! Thank you, thank you, thank you! :o)

  56. fatgirlslimmer on July 11, 2014 at 9:08 pm

    Brilliant!!! I am on Atkins induction day 6 but going away in a couple of weeks with friends where I will be moving onto ongoing weight loss. Its nice to know I could have a cheeky couple with my mates without going too far off the rails…. Going to stick with vodka and get me some diet ginger ale or have vodka and soda with fresh lemons, limes and a bit of mint 🙂 nice one geeza! (Sorry from UK, don’t know if you use the term geeza in the u.s but its all good!! Lol)

    • Amanda on August 24, 2014 at 6:31 am

      We get it in Oz !!

  57. Billy on July 10, 2014 at 12:10 pm

    does scotch and jack have carbs at all in them?, a resource told me they dont .

    • Dominic on July 10, 2014 at 3:08 pm

      Nope, these are carb free. Just be careful with flavored ones like Honey and whatnot. Those ones have carbs.

  58. Robbie on July 7, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    I had to give up my daily wine. while I got away with it for two years (guzzling wine and eating great low carb food) I did gain back about 20 pounds. I am not upset…I drank a lot and ate great food..and it was totally worth 20 pounds over two years. But back to the grindstone and limiting drinks to weekends.

    Still preferable to regular diet which leaves you wanting!

  59. The Wine Issue | Another Way of Eating on June 20, 2014 at 7:06 pm

    […] on NoBunPlease’s excellent blog, the carb values for some common varietals of wine are listed and are judged higher than what is listed by the USDA.  No Bun says 3.8g carbs for for […]

  60. David on June 19, 2014 at 7:20 pm

    I’ve read that sweetness in diet drinks can actually knock you out of ketosis? But you state above diet drinks with the same chemical sweeteners which many sources tell you to avoid?

    • Dominic on June 20, 2014 at 8:17 pm


      This is something that you need to test personally. For some people, they will kick you out of ketosis and others it won’t. They personally don’t for me.


  61. Chrille on June 17, 2014 at 11:46 am

    What the **** is an Oz?!

    • Dominic on June 20, 2014 at 8:18 pm


      It stands for an ounce.


      • Jim on January 9, 2015 at 4:28 am


    • Marnie on May 15, 2016 at 5:31 pm

      Oz in this case, when capitalized, means New Zealand! oz is ounce! Lol!

  62. Mark on June 12, 2014 at 9:40 pm

    I’m wondering where you got the stats on MGD beer. Miller-Coors has, per bottle of MGD:

    143 calories
    13.1g carbs

    • Mark on June 12, 2014 at 9:43 pm

      My bad you listed MGD 64.

  63. Miguel on June 12, 2014 at 12:59 am

    Vodka, tequila or rum mixed with club soda and a splash of ginger ale really does it for me. Tequila being the tastiest.

  64. Sydni on June 11, 2014 at 5:20 pm

    Im so glad I stumbled upon this blog! While on this ketogenic diet, I’ve definitely struggled with not drinking (23 yr old college student here!) and I love me some alcohol! Since I’ve been on this diet, I have always been told just to stay away from alcohol, and I’m now glad I don’t have to choose between being skinny and drinking alcohol! So excited to try some of the recipes on here as well!

  65. Jennifer on June 11, 2014 at 1:32 am

    Love this post!!!! It’s way hot during the summer in Texas and I have fallen in love with Whiskey Lemonades! I use Crystal
    Light lemonade and Jack Daniels. Super refreshing! Just be careful because they go down really easy on a sunny afternoon!

  66. Julia on June 4, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    Are there certain brands that are recommended over others for carb content? Or are all red/white wines made the same with no added stuff

    • Dominic on June 5, 2014 at 2:24 am


      These are averages of certain brands. If you want to be 100% sure, you should definitely contact the company and find out. They should be able to provide nutritional information.


  67. Sarah on June 4, 2014 at 10:30 am

    Great post, thanks for sharing it! I seem to be finding widely different opinions in the carb content of a Chardonnay or Reisling.

    This page says 3 to 6 grams per 5 oz serving

    But on the myfitness pal site (what I use to keep track) it says a whopping 9 grams for a 5oz serving of my fav white wine – Apothic white.

    Can you shed any light on this?
    Thanks so much!

    • Jim on January 9, 2015 at 4:26 am

      In the world of wine there is a concept called Residual Sugar or RS It is the amount of the sugar from the grapes that is left unfermented. Some juice starts out with such a high amount of sugar that the yeast will die before it can ferment it all out. In the case of Apothic white, I suspect that they simply add sugar and stabilizers to keep it from fermenting so that they can get a sweet taste. If you really want to know the amount of carbs in your wine, you really have to look up your specific wine and search for tech sheet. Look for the RS amount usually listed as g/L. Divide this number by five for a 6 oz. glass. The easy way that worked very well for me was sticking to dry white wines and dry prosecco and cava.

  68. Krystal on May 21, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    Great post!!!!! Captain and diet is my drink of choice..or vodka and diet tonic. I really miss my craft beer though 🙁

  69. kelly on May 15, 2014 at 3:03 pm

    so many great ideas! im a vodka and red wine drinker…every weekend. in my vodka i use any flavor sugar free mio, (the squirt, purchased at walmart/kroger) that way you can add how much flavor you prefer. i also mix it up with different flavors of crystal light and sugar free flavored waters for some fizz. diet ginger ale is a great splash in any drink. red wine, i add a good splash of sugar free raspberry water. it adds a little fizz to the wine and gives me more to drink! stay happy!!!

  70. Matt on May 5, 2014 at 1:22 am

    A really good helpful blog… thanks for taking the time. I was looking for other drink ideas while on Atkins again. You raised a very good point with being VERY careful with the alcohol intake on low carb. 3 quick drinks will hit hard and hurt. I was on extended 1st phase of Atkins and had 6 drinks in a relatively short period of time and really regretted it the next day…It was like being on an all night bender… messy…

  71. Tina on May 3, 2014 at 3:52 pm

    I am doing ideal protein , I am going to try a drink or two from here and hope I don’t stall. Thank you!

  72. Sharon on May 3, 2014 at 3:33 pm

    Crown with diet Mtn. Dew is yummy! I used to do the real thing, but now my Whiskey Dew only uses the diet dew.

  73. Sara P on April 21, 2014 at 4:04 am

    Relatively new to keto, and feeling great on it. Being able to drink occasionally is really welcome when you’re restricting so many other enjoyable foods and beverages.

    The easiest way to tell if a flavored vodka has added sugar is by the %ABV. If it’s under 40 (which would be 80 proof) it probably has sugar added.

    Some of my faves:

    Vanilla vodka (be caseful which you pick, make sure there’s no added sugar), club soda and wedge of orange (rocks)
    LaCroix sparkling water (grapefruit), gin, squeeze of lime, muddled basil leaf (rocks)
    Square One Organic Cucumber vodka (2 parts), sake (not unfiltered, 1 part), muddle cucumber, shaken, strained into a martini glass.

    Low carb “Kahlua”. Two oz white rum (unflavored), teaspoon or more of Starbucks VIA instant coffee, sweetener of your choice. Combine and stir until coffee dissolves. Adjust sweetness/coffee amount as needed. And even better, pour it over ice with some heavy cream for the best Keto White Russian ever.

  74. J777817 on April 16, 2014 at 12:28 am

    I’m wondering how often is it ok to drink on a low carb diet. What if you have 2 shots of no carb liquor about 5 times a week. Would that small amount of alcohol stall weight loss if it’s late at night?

    • Dominic on April 16, 2014 at 12:52 am

      Each person is different so it really would be trial and error. Some people can’t even drink one night without stalling.

      Sorry I couldn’t be more of more help!


  75. Jeri Feaster on April 14, 2014 at 6:49 pm

    I am a big fan of craft beer and red wine, and I hate sweet cocktails. So, sweet, sugar-free mixers are not a good solution for me.

    I had a drink last weekend at a distillery, where I asked them to leave out the simple syrup and it was delicious. It was basically cucumber vodka, muddled mint & cucumber, lime juice and soda. So refreshing, delicious and non-sweet.

    Last summer I had a non-sweet cocktail in Dallas at Gloria’s that was amazing. I think it had tequila, soda, cilantro, mint, lime and jalapenos. I wish I could find the recipe again. It was spicy, flavorful, and refreshing.

    I’d love to see more creative drinks like these out there for sure.

    • Dominic on April 14, 2014 at 10:44 pm


      Those sound delicious! I really like the idea of using strong flavors instead of sweeteners, it would really make things interesting without adding calories/fake chemicals to drinks!


  76. Cheryl Williamson on April 10, 2014 at 1:53 pm

    Just started the low (almost none) carb diet. Today is my 8th day. Was wondering if I should wait more than just the 2 week intro before drinking. I make a sugarfree lemonade with a shot of tequila, ice & salted rim. I call them “country margaritas”. Just don’t want to screw this up.

    • Dominic on April 10, 2014 at 10:23 pm


      Just make sure that you are prepared for the aftermath; stock up on high-fat, low-carb treats for after you drink so you don’t go off plan!


  77. Dina on March 28, 2014 at 3:43 pm

    This is lifechanging. Seriously. I was dreading my first Saturday night on this diet but I do believe I will have a gin and soda w/lime. 🙂

  78. Gabriella on March 25, 2014 at 12:33 am

    Thanks! This is awesome. I am actually 44 and a runner, but realize carbs are no longer my friend. This is an excellent post. Particularly given that I attend a lot of fundraisers for our children’s school and for my nonprofit work. I had been concerned about the alcohol and you put my mind at ease. Thank you for a well written piece that reflects the whole being and our need for balance. Cheers!

    • Tina on May 3, 2014 at 3:44 pm

      I am 43, doing ideal protein, which says no alcohol. I have a very stressful job, I need a drink or two on the weekends. Thanks for the great ideas.

  79. chris on March 13, 2014 at 8:20 am

    High fat is a cure-all for hangovers. Bullet Proof coffee is the shit!

  80. Femi on March 11, 2014 at 10:42 pm

    I agree with Paul and others. Awesome blog post. Helpful, practical, and much appreciated. Thank you!

  81. kathi on January 24, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Use plain vodka – not the flavored for the jello shots

  82. kathi on January 24, 2014 at 4:36 pm

    Try jello shots with sugar free jello, no carbs,,, I use regular jello when I am not on low carb diet

    • Dominic Geracia on January 27, 2014 at 7:42 pm

      Yum, forgot about those. Great way to get some gelatin in as well!

      Thanks for the suggestion, Kathi!


  83. Destinee Jewell on January 10, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I am new to the keto diet. My husband & I had plans to go out with friends this week & almost canceled because we thought keto excluded alcohol… we’re a young couple (22 & 25) so nights out are just in our nature. I am beyond excited after reading this post & looking forward to a great night out 🙂 Love your blog, awesome posts!

    • Dominic Geracia on January 13, 2014 at 11:49 pm


      Exactly! I am still just like any 24 year old – I love nights out! Just be warned about your alcohol tolerance being drastically lower!


  84. Crystal on December 30, 2013 at 8:21 pm

    So, are the lists above stating that if you combine those liquors with the sugar free drinks, then you will be consuming no carbs? It says the liquors have 0 carbs…

    • Crystal on December 30, 2013 at 8:23 pm

      Sorry, the liquors listed with the chasers/mixers will then consist of no carbs?

  85. paul on December 3, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    I enjoyed your blog post. I wrote one very similar on our website ages ago for the exact same reasons you wrote yours (I presume) because people kept asking us (eatingAtkins) questions like “Can I drink while on induction” or “Is it okay to have alcohol” or “When can I drink alcohol and what can I drink”. So, I did my best to address those questions.

    Well done on the tips at the end, very practical. P.S I’ve added a link back to your blog from our blog post on the same subject.


  86. Sara on October 6, 2013 at 9:42 pm

    Vodka with the diet cranberry/ grape juice (0 carbs) is delish!

    • Dominic Geracia on October 7, 2013 at 1:38 pm


      That sounds delicious! Will have to try it out.


    • kathy on October 17, 2013 at 6:11 pm

      But doesn’t the diet drinks, sugar free drinks stall weight loss also?

      • Dominic Geracia on October 17, 2013 at 7:58 pm


        This is entirely up to the person. Diet sodas don’t stall me. However, they do cause me to crave sugar, so I avoid them unless I’m drinking.


  87. Sarah on October 2, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    Great article! I’m researching if there’s any benefit to eating particular foods while drinking ie, limiting fats or calorie dense foods, or even protein. I definitely stall when I drink 🙁 unfortunately. Any thoughts on Ketoers pairing foods with alcohol and the effects it has on weight loss?

    • Dominic Geracia on October 3, 2013 at 1:11 am


      I’m not sure what low carb foods will soak up alcohol the best, but my guess would be veggies. Let me know if you hear anything.


      • Rebecca on March 3, 2015 at 11:54 pm

        Veggies?! Lol! I can’t bring myself to have a Redbull/Vodka and some veggies. Sounds like a disaster in the making to me.
        I’m curious if you could elaborate on the ‘stall’? What I mean to say is, the stall comes from metabolism differences in each individual, or do you believe it to be whether people actually adhere to their normal carb limit during this time?
        If you eat your regular amount of carbs during the day, and drink at night, are people still doing the math? Forgetting to add the alcohol AND the munchies at 2 am?! Some people believe that the bodies of certain individuals will recognize anything sweet (stevia, Splenda etc) as a sugar and their glucose will soar after ingesting it.
        Could my body just miss carbs so much that I have a drink and it thanks me by throwing me out of Ketosis?
        I’d rather eat an actual carb or two for that!

  88. nyeus on October 1, 2013 at 10:39 pm

    What is the serving size for the wine listed?

    • Dominic Geracia on October 1, 2013 at 11:03 pm


      These are based on 5 oz servings. I will update the page with the ounces, thanks for pointing that out.


  89. pinguino on August 15, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    diet coke and vanilla vodka’s been my go-to drink for a while

  90. mike on August 15, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    further to your comment… Yes I noticed tolerance is lower after being on keto for 2 years – but also noticed that alcohol elimination from the blood stream is quicker and – hangovers near non existent !

    • Dominic Geracia on August 15, 2013 at 10:55 pm

      I notice that after a certain amount of time the hangover does go away, but when you’re first starting..I had thee worst hangover and ending up vomiting. I NEVER vomit!


      • Sydni on June 13, 2014 at 12:55 am

        Worse hangovers at the start?! EEK! Better be careful this weekend. I just started back up on my Keto diet and am EXTREMELY excited that I can drink. I’ll definitely NOT be getting white girl wasted this weekend.

  91. mike on August 15, 2013 at 6:54 pm

    Gin – with Mint leaves / soda water and 1/2 lime juice – is AWESOME and refreshing !

    • Dominic Geracia on August 15, 2013 at 10:54 pm

      Oh yes! Easily one of my favorites!


      • Brenda Pipkins on June 19, 2014 at 8:16 am

        Can u drink a curtain amount everyday and still lose weight or do u suggest only drinking on weekends. I like drinking gin and diet 7up, but do Not want to hender my weight lose.

        • Dominic on June 20, 2014 at 8:18 pm


          Everyone is different and this is something you have to test personally. Some people can have a drink every day and still lose, while others will stall out completely with any alcohol.

          Hope this helps.


          • Fran on August 22, 2014 at 1:11 pm

            Hi my friend sent me this link – I started Atkins 2 weeks ago and am going on vacation next week on a cruise. I like to drink a little, mostly piña coladas, sweet drinks. What do you suggest for a sweet tooth, assume no wine collers either?

          • Dominic on August 22, 2014 at 1:50 pm


            I would call the the cruise line to see if they offer things like sugar-free drink mixes (they do make pina colada and margarita mixes without sugar). If not, you could see if you could bring your own. Another option would be to bring Crystal light to mix with your drinks. Finally, if all else fails, order your liquor with diet soda. I personally love gin + soda + lime. You can also use colas and whatnot if you drink those.

            Hope this helps,


          • Virginia on October 5, 2014 at 12:33 pm

            So… In an evening, am I better off having 4.5 oz of alcohol at 190ish calories and 0 carbs, or having a 5 oz glass of wine at 120ish calories and 3-4 carbs. I’ve lost 16 lbs on medifast in 3 weeks. But in 6 weeks in going on a once in a lifetime trip that includes a 12 day cruise with a full beverage package. I don’t care if I don’t lose weight or even gain a few, but I don’t want to screw up what I’ve achieved by then. And while normally id have a few drinks a night in this situation, I’d like to have one, but I want to make the very best choice possible.

          • Dominic on October 5, 2014 at 8:18 pm


            I say go with what will satisfy you most. Since this lifestyle is pretty strict carb wise, I think you really should have the option of picking what you actually want. Just be careful, your tolerance will be so much less!


        • Rosa on April 23, 2015 at 11:54 pm

          It might sound crazy, but when I drink wine, I use a technique which seems to help me sweat it off. I go to bed, and two or three hours into sleep, go and drink a couple of glasses of water, and before I know it I am sweating everything out. I know it sounds strange, but I had actually test it with and without drinking the water. The next day, after sweating it all out, the scales show a difference.

      • Fran on August 23, 2014 at 7:01 pm

        Thank you for replying so quickly!

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