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 necessarily mean your indulging needs to come to a full stop.

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 here and there 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!

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.

jack and 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 and Coke simply uses Diet Coke instead.

Make! Mix one jigger (1.5 ounces) of whiskey with Diet Coke, and pour over ice.

  • estimated calories (per serving): 100
  • estimated carbohydrates (per serving): 0 grams

When you’re using diet cola, you can make any simple favorite low-carb. Despite its sweet flavor, rum doesn’t contain any carbs either.

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

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

Gin and tonics are great summertime drinks. They’re crisp and cool, but tonic water is loaded with carbs. It contains 32 grams per 12-ounce 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, add a squeeze of lemon or lime, and serve over ice.

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

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 of rum with fresh lime juice and diet lemon-lime soda, and pour onto muddled mint leaves. Then pour over ice.

  • estimated calories: 110
  • estimated carbohydrates: 1.5 grams

Beer doesn’t typically make it onto low-carb lists because most kinds are loaded with carbohydrates. Some light beers, however, won’t hurt your efforts too much, including Michelob ULTRA.

  • estimated calories: 95
  • estimated carbohydrates: 2.6 grams

Remember, a single glass of wine is about 5 ounces.

Pinot grigio

If you like your wine cold and refreshing, pinot grigio is a good option without too many carbohydrates.

  • estimated calories: 123
  • estimated carbohydrates: 3 grams

Sauvignon blanc

Sauvignon blanc also earns a place on your low-carb wine rack.

  • estimated calories: 120
  • estimated carbohydrates: 3 grams

Red wine

If red wine is more your style, pinot noir is another excellent low-carb option.

  • estimated calories: 122
  • estimated carbohydrates: 3.4 grams

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.

  • estimated calories: 63
  • estimated carbohydrates: 3.8 grams

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

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Artificial sweeteners do negatively impact gut bacteria and can indirectly cause blood sugar levels to rise, so they are no magic bullet. Moderation is still essential. Knowing what’s in your alcoholic drinks can help you make intentional choices about your beverages and keep you on track with your health goals.