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What Alcohol Can I Consume on a Keto Lifestyle?

A quick explanation of what alcoholic beverages you can safely enjoy on keto

Alcohol has got itself a bad reputation in so many walks across life never mind among keto dieters wondering is alcohol keto.  Naturally so many keto dieters pose the question “can you have alcohol on keto.” Which leads straight to the question of the best keto alcohol drinks to consume. Of course alcoholic beverages are possibly among the most abused substances in the world; but it’s such a big part of most people’s social lives so it’s no wonder it’s one of the first thoughts that crops up. Some folk even ask is is alcohol keto? But that is not why we are here.

We want to feel healthy, happy and vibrant, without ditching the social life, I totally get it. In order to enjoy all of this, we need to exercise moderation and self-control, along with an alcohol cheat sheet up your sleeve and you’re on your way. So let us take a moment to  consider the most suitable alcoholic drinks and beverages to enjoy as part of a successful ketogenic lifestyle.

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Can You Have Alcohol on Keto?

Drinking alcohol can in fact result in your body going on to produce more ketones. There are certainly some amazing keto cocktail recipes and beverages doing the rounds right now. Yet drinking on keto will still adversely affect and slow down the progress of your weight loss. Did you know for instance that drinking only two alcoholic beverages on a night out can slow fat metabolism down by as much as 75%? This demonstrates beyond reproach the detrimental effect that alcohol has on our body’s ability to use its fat stores for energy. Some people even ask  is alcohol keto, the answer on its own is of course no.

So by that reckoning we should avoid alcohol consumption altogether? Well perhaps in an ideal world and some many choose to. For most keto dieters giving up social pursuits is not an option. Therefore the answer is in the choice of drinks and of course maintaining the discipline of moderation.

Alcohol and Keto

Remember as well that alcohol is basically a toxin or poison. One that has an ageing effect on the body. This occurs because the liver breaks these toxins down into aldehyde, which is the most damaging alcohol toxin. In addition the liver processes other toxins (natural or manmade) that make you feel terrible the following day.

Does that next day feeling sound familiar to you? I am certain it does as most of us have been there at some time or another. The next day we are shockingly unproductive and lethargic. Adding sugar to beverages just simply makes your drink a whole lot more toxic to your body.

Once you’ve got over the fact that your favourite drinks are most likely the ones that contain more than 30 grams of carbs, sugars and toxins in a small serving… we can talk. Many keto-ers experience a heightened feeling of intoxication, much faster than usual, and many also experience worsened hangovers when on the keto diet.

With that said; if you do drink, we’re going to explore the alcoholic beverages that are not only low-carb keto-friendly, but have the least toxic load so you can make wiser choices that will leave you feeling better, remain healthier and try to kick the hangover to as little as possible.

What Are The Best Keto Alcohol Drinks?

Highly filtered and distilled drinks remove toxins, so let the distiller do this work for you so your liver and kidneys don’t have to! Don’t forget to keep hydrated, drinking a glass of water between each alcoholic beverage, you’ll thank me in the morning! This round up should put paid to the question of whether you can you have alcohol on keto once and for all.

Without further ado, here’s our list of the best keto alcohol drinks in order of preference:

DRY CHAMPAGNE: Actually this only comes from a certain region of France in Europe, and the standards for real Champagne are very high and opposed to sparkling wines for instance. So French Champagne tends to have the lowest amount of toxins remaining after fermentation of the grapes. Warning to note: Some people get worse hangovers from drinking Champagne on keto than others because of varying sugar content in these beverages, so always go with brut nature or extra brut bottles. Quality champagne always wins favor.
5 fl oz/147ml glass :: Sparkling White 1.5g, Brut Cava 2.5g, Brut Champagne 2.8g

GIN: This is a keto alcoholic drink flavored by juniper berries which do have some antioxidants, but not that many. Many hundreds of years ago it was considered herbal medicine, but today Gin is simply a popular social drink especially on a warm summers day.
1.5 fl oz :: all popular brands 0g net carbs.

WHISKEY: is a beverage that is made from grains, which are higher in toxins, but the distillation process still removes a fair amount of the bad elements from the drink. Whiskeys also contain special types of antioxidants, including ellagic acid. So this  does make them better than red wine in the free radical fighting arena. Why not try a real whiskey sour with fresh lime or lemon juice for instance?
1.5 fl oz :: all popular brands 0g net carbs.

RUM: Is a keto beverage that is made from sugarcane byproducts such as molasses or honeys, or directly from sugarcane juice. The drink comes together by way of a process of fermentation and distillation. This then removes the sugar which of course we neither want or need on keto. The distillate, a clear liquid, is then usually aged in oak barrels.
1.5 fl oz :: all popular brands 0g net carbs.

TEQUILA: This drink is made from agave, which is higher in the bad sugar fructose. But since tequila’s fermentation process removes the sugar, then is distilled and filtered, what you are getting is mostly pure alcohol. So for those who ask is alcohol keto…
1.5 fl oz :: all popular brands 0g net carbs.

DRY WHITE WINE: This firm summer favorite tends to be lower in mould toxins than regular white wine or reds such as Malbec; particularly the dehydrating ochratoxin A. But white wine is still unfiltered, so it contains different types of mould toxins not present in distilled liquors.

Top tip: if you can find a yellow band at the top of the bottle, the alcohol was designated for drinking in Europe and is required to meet higher standards than American imports from Europe. Or if you live in the USA you can find imported white wines from Europe for your keto wine drinking escapades.
5 fl oz/147ml glass :: Chardonnay 3.2g, Dessert wines 20.2g, Muscat 7.8g, Riesling 5.5g, Sauvignon blanc 3g

Our Own Keto Alcohol Drinks To Try Out

Here is the thing, even though I run a keto recipe site I personally do enjoy an occasional drink, along with my wife Sara. I firmly believe that we work hard at controlling what we eat and drink in order to partake in the occasional rewards we enjoy. That extends to our own keto alcohol drinks and recipes that we offer right here. So what do we have to try out, explore this little selection of keto alcohol drinks and beverages.

1:  The Secret Agent Agent Martini :  Less sugar and lots of secretive spice in this secret agent themed martini, if you do worry about alcohol and keto then this cocktail should ease those concerns.

2:  Sara’s Bloody Mary : A tempting cocktail keto, this Bloody Mary cocktail recipe comes together with Tito’s vodka, lemon and lime and a few dashes of Tabasco sauce.

3:  Sinful Coffee Liqueur : This keto coffee liqueur will make you eyes light up and you can take that to the bank. If you love cold brew coffee drinks this could well be what you have been looking for.

Plus we have many more keto alcohol drinks to try out, please just search in the main menu to see some of the other choices, now you should be confident  when wondering can you have alcohol on keto. Or when searching for the best keto alcohol drinks to consume.

Our Pick: Keto Happy Hour
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Kyndra knows that navigating alcohol can be tricky on a low-carb diet, so she takes all the guesswork out of it for you, showing you how to indulge while sticking to a healthy ketogenic lifestyle. 

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Chris Blagden

Chris is the co founder of KetoFirst along with his wife Sara. Chris enjoys producing tasty keto recipes and keeps the KF groups and sites running.

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