For most drinks, it’s not the liquor itself that’s high in carbs — it’s the mixers. Whenever possible, opt for diet drinks or unsweetened juices. Be careful about garnishes too — that harmless-looking maraschino cherry has 2 grams of carbs!
Use these sites as reference when you need to look up how many carbs are in various cocktail mixers or garnishes:
- Alcohol Cocktail Supplies Carb Chart: BellaOnline’s Low Carb Site has a chart showing carb counts for various cocktail mixers (includes juice, sodas, and garnishes)
- The Daily Plate: Find nutritional information for just about any food you can imagine (more than 603,600 as of this writing). Search their database when you need to find carb counts for sodas, juices, etc. It can also serve as a handy comparison tool: for example, if you search for “orange juice,” you can sort the search results page to show the brand with the lowest carbs.