5 Low Carb Alcoholic Drinks

These days, many people have chosen a low-carb diet to lose a few pounds. This involves some deprivation, certainly, but with low-carb alcoholic drinks available, there's no reason you can't enjoy an evening at the pub with your friends once in a while.

1. Rum and Diet Coke

Mix this lighter version of the classic cocktail. Rum, being a distilled spirit, has no carbs in it at all, and neither does diet cola. Compare that with its regular counterpart, which has 39 g of carbs per 12 oz.


  • 1 oz. white rum
  • 8 oz. diet cola
  1. Put ice in glass.
  2. Pour rum over ice.
  3. Add diet cola to glass and stir. 

2. Vodka and Diet Tonic or Gin and Diet Tonic

Opt for this low-carb alcoholic drink, a lighter version of summer's signature gin and tonic. Vodka and gin, two more distilled beverages, are carb-free, and diet tonic water doesn't have any carbs either. Regular tonic water has about 30 g of carbohydrates in 11 oz.


  • 1 oz. vodka or gin
  • 8 oz. diet tonic water
  1. Put ice in glass.
  2. Pour in vodka or gin.
  3. Add tonic water.
  4. Garnish with a twist of lime for some added zest. 

3. Jack and Diet Coke

The American classic becomes a low-carb alcoholic drink when mixed with diet cola. Neither has any carbs.


  • 1 oz. whiskey
  • 8 oz. diet cola
  1. Put ice in glass, if you want it "on the rocks."
  2. Pour whiskey over ice.
  3. Add diet cola.

4. Wine If you're not in the mood for a mixed drink, wine is a good, low-carb choice. Order a chardonnay, pinot grigio or zinfandel, each of which has 2 g of carbs in a 5 oz. glass. You can also opt for cabernet sauvignon or merlot, which have slightly higher carb counts at 4 g per 5 oz.

5. Light Beer Pull a stool up to the bar and have that beer, it's OK. Light beers are low-carb alcoholic drinks, usually averaging about 6 g in a 12-oz. bottle. Peruse the labels to find the lowest carbohydrate contents. Michelob Ultra, for example, has 3 g of carbs in 12 oz., and Natural Light has 3.2 g.

Tips and Warnings:

  • Don't have so many that the free bar pretzels look good. One bowl of a carb-y snack can nullify your wise drinking choices.
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