During the holidays, there are a ton of temptations to break your keto diet. A big source of temptation is all the carb loaded food, but what about all the cocktails? Drinking is a huge part of the holidays, but you might be unsure of what exactly you can or can’t have when it comes to alcohol. The trick is to finding lower sugar replacements for your favorite cocktails. With this keto friendly cocktail list; you’ll be able to eat, drink, and be merry while sticking to your keto lifestyle.

Low-Carb Cosmo (Recipe courtesy of Very Well Fit)

Thanks to the cranberry juice, cosmopolitan cocktails usually make an appearance around the holidays. Between the sugar and multiple liqueurs, this can be problematic on a keto diet. But don’t give up on cosmos yet. With this low carb option, you’ll still be able to make a toast!

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Image courtesy of Jack Anderson/Photolibrary/Getty Images

You will need

  • 1 jigger (1 1/2 ounces or 3 tablespoons) vodka
  • 1 ounce (2 tablespoons) low-calorie cranberry juice OR 2 teaspoons unsweetened cranberry juice and 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice (fresh preferred)
  • 2 to 3 drops orange extract
  • 1 drop liquid stevia or other sweetener (2 to 4 teaspoons sugar equivalent)
  • Lime wedge or lime peel for garnish

Instructions

1.  Put 1 jigger regular vodka, 1-ounce low-calorie cranberry juice or 2 teaspoons unsweetened cranberry juice and 2 tablespoons water, 1
tablespoon fresh lime juice, 2 to 3 drops orange extract and sweetener in a cocktail shaker half-full of ice. Shake well.
2. Taste for sweetness if using unsweetened cranberry juice, which is highly variable. You may need to add more sweetener.
3. Strain into a martini glass. Garnish with a small lime wedge or curl of lime peel.

Naturally Sweetened White Russian (Recipe courtesy of Very Well Fit)

White Russian cocktails are a classic holiday drink. There’s something about the rich and creaminess that makes it a perfect cocktail to cozy up with when it gets cold outside. Since one of the main ingredients in a White Russian is a sugar packed coffee liqueur, it isn’t the most keto friendly option. But with this recipe, you’ll be able to make your own naturally sweetened kahlua and add White Russians back into your holiday happy hour! Now, this recipe will take a fair bit of patience since it is recommended (not required, but recommended) that you let this mixture sit for about a month before you use it. With this in mind, make sure you make the coffee extra strong and remember to only use three tablespoons per drink.

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Image courtesy of Liquor.com

You will need

  • 1 cup coffee (very strong, can be decaf; 3/4 cup coffee grounds to 1 1/2 cups water)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  •  1 cup vodka
  • 1 jigger (1 1/2 ounces or 3 tablespoons) vodka
  • 3 tablespoons heavy cream

Preparation for the Coffee Liqueur

1. Combine the coffee, vanilla, agave, and maple syrup and stir.
2. Add the cup of vodka and stir again.
3. Taste to see if it is to your liking or if you need to balance the flavors more. Keep in mind, however, that the flavors will blend more as the mixture sits.
4. Place in a glass jar or bottle and let sit for several weeks (4 weeks are ideal).

Instructions for the White Russian

1. Pour the jigger of vodka into a glass and add the cream and 3 tablespoons of the homemade coffee liqueur.
2. Stir and add ice.

Low Carb/ Sugar Free Moscow Mule (Recipe courtesy of I breathe, I’m Hungry)

Recently, Moscow Mules have become an extremely trendy cocktail. With the mint and hammered copper mug, it feels like a festive and wintery cocktail. The sugar culprit in Moscow Mules is the ginger beer, but it wouldn’t be a mule without the ginger! This recipe swaps out ginger beer with a concentrated sugar free syrup and diet ginger ale. So raise your copper mug to low carb and sugar free Moscow Mules!

Photo by Shangyou Shi on Unsplash

Photo by Shangyou Shi on Unsplash

You will need

  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced, peeled ginger
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar substitute
  • 4 oz premium vodka
  • 1 oz fresh lime juice
  • 1 oz ginger syrup
  • 8 oz diet ginger ale
  • fresh mint leaves to garnish

Preparation for the Ginger Syrup

1. In a small saucepan, combine ginger, water and sweetener.
2. Bring to a boil over high heat. Lower the heat to medium and simmer for 10 minutes.
3. Cool for 1 hour, then strain and store in a clean jar in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.

Instructions for the Moscow Mule

1. Combine the vodka, lime juice, ginger syrup and ginger ale in a small pitcher. Stir well.
2. Pour over ice and garnish with fresh mint. For a stronger mint flavor, muddle (smash) the mint leaves around in the bottom of the mug slightly before drinking.

Low Carb/Sugar Free Mulled Wine (Recipe courtesy of KetoDiet)

With a mixture of cinnamon, clove, and hints of orange; mulled wine embodies all the familiar tastes and scents of winter! Impress all your friends at your next gathering by bringing this keto friendly option that forgoes all the sugar and carbs that can come along with mulled wine.

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Image courtesy of Craving Cultures

You will need

  • 1 bottle of dry red wine (merlot is recommended)
  • ½ orange, cut into wedges
  • ¼ cup of cranberries
  • 8 cloves
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 star anise pods
  • ⅓ cup powdered Erythritol or Swerve

Instructions

1. Pour the wine into a medium sized pot.
2. Add orange wedges and cranberries.
3. Add the cinnamon sticks, cloves, and star anise.
4. Add the Erythritol.
5. Bring to a simmer over medium low heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
6. Strain into glasses and serve.

Vanilla Latte Martini (Recipe courtesy of All Day I Dream About Food)

Like the White Russian, this Vanilla Latte Martini brings the coziness of coffee to cocktail hour! Using the homemade coffee liqueur from the White Russian recipe, this cocktail ends up being another great option you can have once the liqueur is made.

Image courtesy of All Day I Dream About Food

Image courtesy of All Day I Dream About Food

You will need

  • 1 cup coffee (very strong, can be decaf; 3/4 cup coffee grounds to 1 1/2 cups water)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup agave nectar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup vodka

Preparation for the Coffee Liqueur

1. Combine the coffee, vanilla, agave, and maple syrup and stir.
2. Add the cup of vodka and stir again.
3. Taste to see if it is to your liking or if you need to balance the flavors more. Keep in mind, however, that the flavors will blend more as the mixture sits.
4. Place in a glass jar or bottle and let sit for several weeks (4 weeks are ideal).

Instructions for the Vanilla Latte Martini

1. Fill a cocktail shaker with ice. Add coffee liqueur, vanilla vodka and cream.
2. Shake well and divide between two chilled martini glasses.

Red Wine Berry Spritzer (Recipe courtesy of Aggie’s Kitchen)

This red wine berry spritzer would be perfect keto addition to bring along to your next holiday potluck. This recipe only makes one, but it’s easy to make big batches for a crowd. The best part is it is totally customizable as well. Feel free to experiment with different berries and flavored waters to figure out what combo is your favorite.

Image courtesy of Aggie's Kitchen

Image courtesy of Aggie’s Kitchen

You will need

  • 1 part red wine of your choice
  • 2 parts La Croix Mixed Berry Sparkling Water
  • Ice
  • Frozen Blueberries, Blackberries, or Raspberries

Instructions

1. Add frozen berries to bottom of glass and muddle with a wooden spoon.
2. Add ice, wine, and sparkling water.
3. Stir, sip, and enjoy!

No Sugar Added Cranberry Lime Spritzer (Recipe courtesy of Sugar Free Mom)

Cranberry is a quintessential holiday flavor. This Cranberry Lime Spritzer will provide the perfect hint of brightness to your gloomy winter days. The original recipe does not include alcohol, however you can feel free to add vodka or any other keto friendly liquor.

Image courtesy of Sugar Free Mom

Image courtesy of Sugar Free Mom

You will need

  • 2 cups natural cranberry juice no sugar added
  • 2 cups lime seltzer water
  •  2 limes
  • garnish: fresh cranberries lime wedges
  • vodka (optional)

Instructions

1. In a large pitcher pour the cranberry juice, seltzer water, and vodka.
2. Squeeze the juice of two limes into the pitcher.
3. Add ice cubes, fresh cranberries and sliced lime to garnish to each glass.

Even if you’re keto, there are plenty of holiday drinks that will satisfy your craving for whatever mood you’re in. Whether you need something warm to heat you up after a long day of skiing or something festive to bring to your work potluck, keto cocktails are perfect for every occasion!

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