Alcohol On A Ketogenic Diet?

Keyto Takeaway

Following a ketogenic diet still gives you plenty of latitude to indulge in a beverage or two. Here are some of Keyto’s top recommendations on keto-friendly drinks:

  • Spirits like whiskey, vodka, tequila, and gin (just no mixing with anything other than soda water!)
  • Dry wines like pinot noir, merlot, and chardonnay

Can You Drink Alcohol On A Ketogenic Diet?

The keto diet is better than other diets for a number of reasons. One of them is that yes, you can drink alcohol.

The Best And Worst Alcohol On A Keto Diet – The Lowdown

The first thing to remember is just because you can drink alcohol on a keto diet it doesn’t mean that it’s a weight-loss aid. In fact, the more you drink, the more likely it is that your weight loss progress will slow down. This is not because keto-friendly alcoholic drinks are calorific, it’s because before burning anything else your body burns alcohol, which puts the fat-burning process on the back burner.


Avoid. There are some low carb beers that could be ok, but easier to just avoid except for special occasions.


Dry white wine contains between 4-5g carbs per serving. Thus you can have a glass or two and stay in ketosis.

As the name suggests, sweet wines and dessert wines, contain more sugar, and therefore more carbs, so if you’re going to drink wine on a keto diet, go for drier verities, such as pinot noir, merlot, and chardonnay.


Believe it or not pure spirits on a keto diet are fine. Whiskey, vodka, brandy, tequila, gin, plus a few others don’t contain any carbs.

What makes drinking spirits on a ketogenic diet problematic are the sugary mixers that are often mixed with them. The worst thing you can do is to mix your alcohol with regular sodas, fruit juice, or worse energy drinks – they’re total sugar bombs. Go for soda water instead.

Champagne and Prosecco

Special occasions on a keto diet can still be celebrated with the world’s favorite bubbly. From champagne to Prosecco to Cava, depending on your price point, it’s still possible to toast special occasions on a keto diet. Some dry sparkling wines (often labelled “brut”) contain only 3 grams of net carbs per glass, which will allow you to enjoy the celebrations without the guilt.

Dry Martini

Whether you like your martini shaken or stirred, it doesn’t matter. This powerful tasting drink made out of gin, vodka or both and garnished with a twist of lemon or an olive will always remain as one of the most loved aperitifs ever. And better still it doesn’t contain any carbs!

Drinking Alcohol On A Keto Diet – Final Thoughts

When drinking, whether you’re on a diet or not, it should always be done in moderation. However, it’s important to note that people who follow a ketogenic diet usually have a lower alcohol tolerance than people that don’t follow it, so caution must always be taken.

You can drink alcohol on a ketogenic diet, but if your drinks do contain even just a few carbs, they will add up the more you drink, so it doesn’t give you license to drink whatever you want.