These low-carb keto holiday drinks are sure to make the holidays special. We’ve included hot and cold drinks, some for those who enjoy alcohol and some for those who prefer a cup of non-alcoholic cheer. Some are perfect for evening parties and some are well-suited to warming you up from the inside after a day spent on the ski slope. Rekindle the holiday spirit with your favorites as they all can be part of a low-carb, keto, Atkins, gluten-free, grain-free, or Banting diet.
Keto Holiday Drink Recipes
Every memorable holiday starts with a festive drink. I’ve put together these keto cocktails because there’s nothing like homemade beverages to celebrate the end of 2020. Wait until you serve up a creamy keto hot chocolate to break the ice. Or a classic low-carb cranberry cocktail that stirs up a conversation. Everyone will appreciate how they effortlessly mellow the atmosphere and round up the year.
The secret to creating keto holiday drinks is simple. Maintain the traditional festive beverage theme— abandon the sugar, and stick with keto-friendly alternatives. In the end, you’re left with an easy Christmas cocktail that’s hard to pass up. So hard to pass up, you’ll want to have it again on New Year’s Eve (we’ll even show you how to store them).
Meanwhile, the winning element in these holiday recipes is their warming flavors. Whether they come in a cup of hot coffee or a glass of red wine, there is a holiday something for everyone that will bring the family together.
Can You Drink Alcohol on a Keto Diet?
Yes, keto dieters can still enjoy alcohol. However, excessive alcohol intake can introduce too many carbs into your diet and keep you out of ketosis. Also, many people on a keto diet become more sensitive to alcohol and may feel their effects more quickly. Thus these alcoholic keto drinks— delicious as they are— should be enjoyed in moderation.
In most cases, one or two glasses a day is enough to healthily incorporate into your diet, given that they make up your total alcohol intake. It’s easy to lose count of your carbs, especially during the festive season, so moderation is key to maintaining a keto lifestyle.
That said, be aware of the type of alcohol you consume. Some are more keto-friendly than others.
Keep in mind that alcohol provides an additional source of energy and will be burned before fat, so if you drink a lot of alcohol, you might find that weight loss could plateau.
Which Cocktails Are Keto-Friendly?
There’s no use crying over a spilled beer when there are plenty of low-carb alcohol options to enjoy on a keto diet.
For instance, many spirits and hard liquors contain zero carbs. If you use a low-carb sweetener such as stevia or erythritol, you can whip up a delicious keto-friendly cocktail. That means the tequila-based Margarita is on the menu for Thanksgiving cocktails, and a Brandy Alexander can make a wonderful holiday keto dessert.
Other cocktails made with spirits like gin, whiskey, rum, cognac, scotch, and vodka are excellent bases for low-carb holiday cocktails. On the other hand, watch out for mixers, like juices, that add high amounts of sugar to your cocktail punch. Look for low-carb mixers, like lime juice, that add zest and vibrancy while maintaining a low carb intake.
How to Store Cocktails
With every huge celebration comes leftovers and extras (although I can’t promise the same with these irresistible drinks!). Luckily, the holiday season is long, and the opportunities to indulge are plenty. One leftover Christmas Eve cocktail is a tasty Christmas night’s punch.
Although hard liquor tends to have a long shelf life, in some cases, up to 9 months, once mixed with fresh ingredients like lime juice, you can only store them for up to three days. The best way to go around this is to mix in the fresh elements just before serving. This way, you can still keep the tightly sealed liquor mix in the refrigerator and mix in other ingredients later.
On the other hand, some cocktails will last up to 2 weeks and even taste better with time. One example is the classic eggnog, which is tempting to down while fresh but was traditionally aged before drinking. Simply transfer it into an airtight container and tuck it away in the refrigerator. For more information on how to store eggnog, checkout this article about how aging eggnog may actually make it safer to drink.
This drinks collection is not only keto-friendly but also versatile. You can find a drink for a small gathering, for a large crowd, or to just sip alone. You won’t need any fancy equipment either. Any regular spoon will effectively stir these flavors, and a mason jar can do an excellent job of shaking the drinks up. Most importantly, enjoy the experience of making your own keto cocktails!
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This keto-friendly Sugar-Free Hot Chocolate is full of creamy, rich chocolate flavor with hint of vanilla. It’s a classic cocoa drink that’s easy, quick, and perfect for warming the cold winter.
Ginger and cinnamon are a timeless combination that creates an elegant brew of spicy flavors in this gingerbread coffee. Enjoy it best with some delicious keto cookies!
White chocolate and raspberry come together in this delicious glass of hot chocolate to create a glorious beverage of Christmas tones. Find a cozy spot and enjoy with a dollop of whipped cream.
A Christmas coffee brew with zesty notes of sweet orange tied in with brown sugar; brew it to release woodsy cinnamon aromas that effect a cozy winter ambiance.
A cozy, heartwarming instant pot brew, this Spiced Mulled Wine is a warming classic that will melt the winter night chills and replace them with pleasant cinnamon aromas.
Suitable as a breakfast coffee or low-carb dessert, this Cinnamon Frappuccino is packed with creamy vanilla and almond flavors begging for indulgence. Sit, drink, and enjoy!
This Copycat Starbucks Coffee Frappuccino is a slushie-like beverage with sweet refreshment. Serve it as a low-carb, festive dessert and garnish with golden caramel topping.
This 3-ingredient fruit punch is a kid-friendly huckleberry, vanilla, and strawberry mix. Combine in a big bowl and scoop up as a refreshing dessert.
This creamy peppermint shake whips together cream cheese and heavy cream for a thick texture. Enjoy it guilt-free, with a glob of whipped cream, as a refreshing holiday treat.
This simple ice tea recipe is an excellent option for incorporating into your diet more frequently. It adds refreshing fruit and herb essence with only five ingredients that will help you relax amidst the festive frenzy.
This bubbly cocktail is a light spritzer with fresh lemon juice for a zesty edge. You can simply omit vodka for an alcohol-free cocktail.
Love Bailey’s, but not the carbs? This homemade version tastes just like the real thing, but cuts down the carbs. Enjoy it over ice or put a splash in hot chocolate or coffee.
A simple rum and almond eggnog, this smooth blend will take you from Christmas through to Easter. Enjoy it as is, or serve chilled for a more refreshing beverage.
This tequila and cranberry margarita is a quick microwave brew laced with fresh lime and orange essence. Sip it ice cold as a refreshing Christmas cocktail.
Rum, coconut, cinnamon, and nutmeg— this Puerto Rican bombshell is a sweet and spicy cocktail enriched with vanilla flavors. Simmer and then serve chilled.
This cute cocktail can embellish your table in just 5 minutes this festive season. Made fresh cranberries, gin, prosecco, and lime juice, you can enjoy it ice-cold as a light appetizer.
This sugar-free vodka and almond milk combination is a stunning snow-white cocktail. It’s a simple 5-minute beverage that makes a perfect festive treat.
Berries and champagne make a classic rendition in this zesty keto cocktail. It’s a crystal-clear red brew you can serve in just six minutes.
These tequila shots are a fun way to add vibrant, zesty flavors to your holiday drinks menu. Recreate a Christmas theme with a stylish whirl of whipped cream and a few pomegranate seeds.
This eggnog version is an almond, cinnamon, and nutmeg blend with a creamy milk topping. Omit Bourbon for an alcohol-free beverage.
With so many options, there’s every reason to try out a few keto drinks that could turn into favorites. Pick, choose, and enjoy during this festive season!