Keeping an active social schedule while on the keto diet can be a challenge. Choosing a cocktail while trying to stay in ketosis is a balancing act — you can’t just order that top-shelf margarita or strawberry daiquiri while you’re out with friends.
Luckily, there are keto alcohol recipes that let you have fun without knocking you out of ketosis.
Alcohol on the Keto Diet: The Basics
Here’s the rub: Many of the popular alcoholic drinks served in bars, restaurants and at parties — including most beers and mixed drinks — are made with liqueurs that boatloads of sugar and carbohydrates that aren’t part of a keto meal plan. Even more important: Your body breaks down alcohol on the ketogenic diet a lot faster than if you were eating large amounts of carbs every day.
The whole process starts as soon as you start drinking alcohol, meaning you’ll probably feel it a lot faster than you would otherwise. This can be a good thing (you won’t need to drink as much to feel the buzz) or a bad thing (you drink like you did before keto and get really, really drunk).
If you’re worried about getting too drunk, be sure to eat before you start imbibing on low-carb cocktails.
Keto Alcohol Recipes: The Best Keto Drinks for You
To stay in keto and drink, stick to clear alcohols (like vodka and tequila) and avoid mixers whenever possible. That might sound like a lot to think about before your party, so we’ve rounded up the best keto alcohol recipes that are proven to keep you in ketosis and keep your social life on track.
Meagan Morris is the editor in chief of Celebribody. She's veteran health and wellness editor with over 15 years of experience. Her work has been featured in The Atlantic, Yahoo Health, Cosmopolitan, SELF, and Women's Health, among others. She spends most of her time writing, but her favorite part of the day is spent under a barbell doing squats.