Low Carb Drinks and Cocktails for Your Party
There are plenty of cool drink and cocktail ideas for your party and many low carb recipes to choose from. You can make different mixed drinks and sugar-free cocktails or you can modify your favorite recipes to fit into your diet.
You can use rum, whiskey, tequila, vodka, and gin for your cocktails. They are carbohydrate-free. Mix with lemon-lime soda, cola, ginger, or tonic water. You can also make cocktails such as rum and diet coke, scotch and soda, and gin and tonic. Rye and ginger is another option. Mix ginger ale and rye whiskey. Other ideas for low carb cocktails include sugar-free mojito or margarita, bloody Marry, and strawberry daiquiri. Bloody Marry is a great choice if you are on a diet because it is a sugar-free, low carb cocktail. You can also make sugar-free Whiskey sour, tropical punch, White Russian, or Tom Collins. Many cocktails can be modified to make them low carb. For example, you can make gin and tonic by using diet tonic. Mix dry vermouth with flavored vodka to make flavored vodka martini.
Non-alcoholic Drinks and Mixes
In addition to alcoholic cocktails and drinks, you can serve non-alcoholic drinks and mixes. There are many great ideas for non-alcoholic drinks, including tomato juice, apple juice, cranberry juice, and others. You can buy Atkins shakes or smoothies or you can prepare mixes at home. Add sugar-free syrup, a few strawberries or blueberries, and some ice.
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Low Carb Margarita
Alcohol and Carb Content
You can serve dry white wine, dry red wine, and light beer. Avoid liquors such as Creme de Menthe and Amaretto as well as mixes with added sugar. Late harvest wines and dessert wines also contain more carbs than wines such as Muscat, dry champagne, and others. You can have white wine such as Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. Great white wines for your party include Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Syrah. Liquors such as Ouzo, Kirsch, Creme de Cacao, Coffee Liqueur, and Bailey’s Irish Cream contain between 9 and 22 grams of carbohydrate. There is a large selection of flavors to choose from – orange flavored, a blend of whiskey and cream, licorice flavored, almond-tasting, coffee flavored, honeydew melon flavor, and others.
Ale has between 5 and 9 grams while light beer contains between 3 and 7 grams per 12 ounce serving. As a rule, bitter and lighter beers contain less carbs and are safe to drink if you are on a diet. Avoid dark, amber, and red beers and serve light beer. Cognac, brandy, and scotch are also good choices. When it comes to non-alcoholic drinks, diet soda, diet tonic water, and water contain 0 carbs.
If your friends are on a low carb diet, dry wine may be a better choice. Beer is made from wheat or barley, and grains contain a gluten protein. Grain fermentation is used to make liquor, but protein is removed during fermentation leaving liquor gluten-free. The good news is that drinking wine reduces the risk for infection with helicobacter pylori and increases insulin sensitivity. Red wine contains antioxidants that help prevent cancer. Moderate consumption is the key.
Appetizers and Dips for a Great Party Night
There are different protein-rich snacks, appetizers, and dips to make for your party. You can serve prosciutto-wrapped asparagus, guacamole, lobster dip, artichoke dip, caviar with avocado, or spiced pumpkin seeds. For a themed party, you can make hummus, salsa, chicken enchilada dip, cheese nacho sauce, or anything else you like. Serve with cucumber or celery sticks.