Lemons, limes, olives, and cherries by magerleaguesFor 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.

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Carb Counts for Hard Liquors

liquor-table by octalMany hard liquors like vodka, whiskey and rum are naturally carb-free… but things get trickier once you start talking about flavored spirits. And cocktail liqueurs like Kahlua or Bailey’s are a whole different story. Check out the following resources for information on a variety of hard liquors and cocktail liqueurs:


Info on Specific Spirits

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Carb Counts for Wines

Pour me some wine please! by yashimaSome evidence shows that drinking moderate amounts of red wine may be good for you — helping raise “good” cholesterol while lowering risks of heart disease and cancer. (Read more about wine’s health benefits.)

No matter your reason, if wine is your low-carb drink of choice, you’ll want to pick the best one for your diet. Here are some resources to help:


Info on Specific Wines

  • White Zinfandel: Carb counts for 3 different white zinfandel wines, with additional info on how white zins are created.
  • Champagne and Sparkling Wine: Info about how Champagne is produced and general guidelines on how many carbs you’ll find in a glass. Includes info on which kinds are drier and sweeter.
  • Port Wine: Definition of where/how port wine is made, plus a “guesstimate” on how many carbs per glass.

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Carb Counts for Beer

Beers at Teskes by r3v || clsIf you’re wondering how many carbs are in a particular brand of beer, Skilnik’s new book is one option. But there are also several online resources that list nutritional information for beers. Here are a few places to try:


Articles & Reviews

Info on Specific Beers

  • No Alcohol Low Carb Beer: If you’re trying to cut carbs and alcohol, check out this info on how non-alcoholic beers are made. Includes carb counts for Busch NA and O’Doul’s.
  • Cisk Excel the new low carb beer: Press release for Cisk Excel beer. Includes carb count.
  • Pure Blonde: Foster’s official page for their Pure Blonde beer. Includes carb counts and other nutritional information.

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