Just because you’re dieting, doesn’t mean you can’t live a little! And whether you like a glass of wine with dinner or a cocktail out with friends, watching your carbohydrate intake doesn’t mean your indulging needs to come to a full stop.

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There are many low-carb options out there for dieters who like to drink. As with everything, moderation is key. Heavy drinking isn’t good for anyone, but having a few carb-conscious cocktails won’t hurt. This is especially true when you consider that some of the drinks that made our top 10 list are 100 percent carb-free!

Why So Much Liquor?

When it comes to low-carb alcohol, distilled spirits are the safest bet. They’re virtually all free of carbohydrates, so you only need to worry about what you’re mixing them with. But not everyone likes drinking hard liquor, so we’ve included some dieter-friendly beers and wines, too!

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Low-Carb Mojito

The traditional mojito uses syrup for sweetening, but if you use a diet lemon-lime soda like Diet Sierra Mist or Diet Sprite, you can get the sweetness without the carbs.

Make! Mix one jigger (1.5 ounces) of rum with fresh lime juice and diet lemon lime soda, and pour on to muddled mint leaves. Then pour over ice.

  • estimated calories: 110
  • estimated carbohydrates: 1.5 grams

Carb-Free Gin & Tonic

Gin and tonics are great summertime drinks. They’re crisp and cool, but tonic water is loaded with carbs, with 32 grams per can! Swap out soda water for your tonic, and you’ll get the flavor without hurting your diet efforts.

Make! Mix one jigger of gin with soda water, a squeeze of lemon or lime, and serve over ice.

  • estimated calories: 150
  • estimated carbohydrates: <1 gram

Diet Jack & Coke

Obviously, a regular cola would shatter your daily carbohydrate allowance. But diet soda lends itself to numerous carb-free cocktails. This spin on the traditional Jack & Coke simply uses Diet Coke instead.

Make! Mix one jigger of whiskey with Diet Coke, and pour over ice.

  • estimated calories: 100
  • estimated carbohydrates: 0 grams

Cuba Libre

Not to beat a dead horse, but when you’re using diet cola, you can make any simple favorite low-carb friendly. Despite its sweet flavor, rum doesn’t contain any carbs either.

Make! Mix your favorite unflavored rum with diet coke and serve over ice. For an added twist, throw in a piece of lime.

  • estimated calories: 100
  • estimated carbohydrates (with a twist of lime): <1gram

Low-Carb Sea Breeze

A Sea Breeze is a fruity, summertime drink, but it doesn’t have to be filled with sugar. Traditionally, it’s made with grapefruit juice, but using Diet Squirt instead eliminates the extra carbs.

Make! Mix 1 jigger of vodka with 2 ounces of unsweetened cranberry juice and 4 ounces of Diet Squirt. Pour over ice.

  • estimated calories: 110
  • estimated carbohydrates: 6 grams


  • If you like your wine cold and refreshing, pinot grigio is a good option without too many carbohydrates. There are about 123 calories and 3 grams of carbs.
  • Sauvignon Blanc also earns a place on your low-carb wine rack, with about 120 calories and three grams of carbohydrate.
  • If red wine is more your style, pinot noir is another excellent low-carb option. There are about 122 calories and 3.4 grams of carbohydrate. Remember, a single glass of wine is about 5 ounces.


Michelob Ultra

Beer doesn’t typically make it on low-carb lists because most are loaded with carbohydrates. Some light beers, however, won’t hurt your efforts too much, including Michelob Ultra. There are 95 calories and 2.6 grams of carbohydrate in a serving.

Beck’s Premier Light

If you need a little more flavor with your bubbles, Beck’s light beer might do the trick! It’s another one of the beer hall’s lower-carb options, with 63 calories and 3.8 grams of carbohydrate.

Watching your carb intake doesn’t have to be torture! If you enjoy a drink now and then, choosing the right ones will ensure you don’t upset your diet goals.