Frozen Margarita & Alcohol on the Ketogenic Diet

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Most cocktail drinks are loaded with sugar and are a "no-no" in low-carb diets. This recipe is not zero-carb but the only sugar you get is from fresh fruits. You can occasionally reward yourself with a treat like this one. If you can't drink alcohol, make it without tequila.


Nutritional values (per serving)

8.2 grams 1.7 grams 0.72 grams 0.19 grams 0.01 grams 133 calories
Total Carbs9.9grams
Net Carbs8.2grams
of which Saturated0.01grams
Energy (calories)133kcal

Macronutrient ratio: Calories from carbs (86.9%), protein (7.7%), fat (5.5%)

Ingredients (per serving)

  • 2 scoops Watermelon Sorbet (80g / 2.8 oz)
  • ¼ cup fresh strawberries (36g / 1.3 oz)
  • 1 shot gold tequila
  • salt
  • ½ cup ice
  • lime for garnish

Alternative (no watermelon sorbet)

  • ¼ cup frozen strawberries (36g / 1.3 oz)
  • ½ cup watermelon, diced (60g / 2.1 oz)
  • ½ lime, juiced
  • 3-6 drops liquid Stevia extract or other healthy low-carb sweetener from this list
  • 1 shot dark or white rum (1 ½ - 2 fl oz)
  • salt
  • ½ cup ice
  • lime for garnish


  1. If you have Watermelon Sorbet, take it out of the freezer 20-30 minutes before you start preparing your Margarita and leave at room temperature. Put a cocktail glass in the freezer for at least 20 minutes. This will keep your drink cooler for longer.
  2. Place all the ingredients in a blender that can handle ice and pulse until smooth.
  3. Remove the glass from the freezer and spread some lime juice on the rim of your glass. Put the salt into a shallow plate and rim the glass in it.
  4. Garnish with a slice of lime and serve immediatelly.

Does Alcohol affect Weight Loss on Low-carb Diets?

Several alcoholic drinks are allowed on a low-carb ketogenic diet. You should avoid all drinks high in sugar like sweet wine, beer and most cocktails. So, which drinks are low-carb? Clear spirits such as vodka, whiskey, tequila, etc. are zero-carb, while dry wine is still low-carb if you drink no more than a glass. If there is no medical constraint (such as liver or kidney condition) and you drink in moderation, there is no reason to give up alcohol completely.

Keep in mind that alcohol will slow down your weight loss progress. Even if there is no sugar, your body can't store alcohol as fat - it has to metabolise it. This means that it will utilise alcohol instead of body fat. You also shouldn't have a large dinner and drink alcohol at the same time.

To quote Atkins on the effects of alcohol:

"The body burns alcohol for fuel when alcohol is available. So, when it is burning alcohol, your body will not burn fat. This does not stop weight loss; it simply postpones it. Since alcohol does not get stored as glycogen, you immediately get back into lipolysis after the alcohol is used up. But keep in mind that alcohol consumption may increase yeast-related symptoms in some people and interfere with weight loss. If it does not slow your weight loss, and occasional glass of wine is acceptable once you are out of Induction so long as you count the carbohydrates in your daily tally."

Another point to make is that ketosis lowers your alcohol tolerance and you have to be aware of it. Because alcohol dehydrates your body, always drink a glass of water while having a glass of an alcoholic drink. This will make you drink less alcohol and stay hydrated.

I'm personally careful with alcohol because it makes me hungry and I tend to eat more. So, if you prefer to avoid alcohol, you can always try Virgin Margarita with no tequila :-)

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Comments (4)

I wish I could drink alcohol - this recipe looks yummy!


Great recipe! Thanks


This sounds delightful!  I've been wanting to try some low-carb summer "adult beverages". THANKS!


It's one of my favourite and there will be more, thanks! Smile


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