Vodka and Soda
The popular bar staple — vodka soda — is practically zero-carb since it’s a clear spirit.
Rum and Diet Coke
Swapping sodas for diet options, like diet cola, can make your go-to hard liquor low-carb friendly. Mixing your favorite unflavored rum with diet coke sets you back just 100 calories.
A vodka martini is an odorless, colorless drink that can be a part of any low-carb diet if it’s dry. Typically, this includes gin and vermouth, with an olive added or a twist of lemon. Gin has zero carbs. “Juices, sodas and other mixers are high in sugar/carbohydrates, which leads you to literally drink your calories,” said Reddy.
If red wine better matches your palate, pinot noir is an excellent low-carb option. Meanwhile, there is about 122 calories and 3.4 grams of carbs in a single glass of wine, which is about 5 ounces.
Beers don’t typically make it on the low-carb lists because most of them are inundated with carbs, hence the term “beer belly.” This is because there are tons of rapidly digestible carbs in beer, which can be a disaster for weight control. However, some light beers, like Michelob Ultra, won’t sacrifice your waistline.