When following keto, we must be a little more cautious when choosing what to drink since there can be hidden sugars and calories.
One glass of something strong is not likely to knock your body out of ketosis, but drinking alcohol while following a keto diet will definitely affect your progress by slowing down the rate or ketosis. If you want to have a drink while on a keto diet, you are best to have one glass or red wine or an oz of hard liquor. You will likely kick your body out of ketosis if you have a beer or a Liqueur as they are on the higher side of containing carbs and sugars!
Here is a little cheat sheet to help you out in order of the best options for you… On average here are the calories, sugars and carbs associated with each:
1oz Vodka: 65 Calories / 0g Sugar / 0g Carbs
1oz Rum / Spiced Rum: 65 Calories / 0g Sugar / 0g Carbs
1oz Bourbon: 65 Calories / 0g Sugar / 0g Carbs
1oz Tequila: 70 Calories / 0g Sugar / 0g Carbs
1oz Gin: 70 Calories / 0g Sugar / 0g Carbs
1 Glass of Red Wine (5oz): 130 Calories for Dry Wine / 1g Sugar / 4g Carbs
1 Glass of White Wine (5oz): 140 Calories for Dry Wine / 1.5g - 10g Sugar / 4g - 15oz Carbs (depending on sweetness)
1 can or bottle of beer: 150 Calories / 0g Sugar / 13g Carbs
1oz Grand Marnier: 100 Calories / 5g Sugar / 6g Carbs
1oz Baileys: 100 Calories / 6g Sugar / 11g Carbs
1oz Kaluha: 100 Calories / 11g Sugar / 14g Carbs
If you are feeling extra festive during the holiday season, be sure to google a keto friendly recipes such as eggnog since the pre-made eggnog from the store has over 20g of sugar per cup… YIKES!!