Keto Sugar Free Low Carb Baileys Irish Coffee: boozy perfection and just 0.7g carbs.
Ketoers are very aware of alcoholic drinks being loaded with carbs. But fear not, my friends. I have created a super-duper, taste-a-like, look-a-like, yummy drink for you to enjoy just in time for the Christmas festivities. My Keto Sugar Free Low Carb Baileys Irish Coffee is an Irish Whiskey take with a Baileys flavour to die for.
I know what you’re all thinking…Baileys? No-can-do ma’am! Well you’d be absolutely right. A standard 50ml measure contains no less than 12.5g carbs!!!! As delicious as it is, if you want to stay in ketosis, you must keep away from Baileys! But this is a KETO recipe, so the original Baileys Irish Cream is nowhere in sight. It WILL, however, taste like it. And that’s the crucial thing, right?
How to drink alcohol the keto sensible way.
Alcohol is toxic for the liver. And that’s a fact. However, it appears (by association, I may add, not by causation) that moderate wine consumption (no more than 1-2 glasses a day) could actually be beneficial, thanks to the polyphenols it contains. Furthermore, it may be a myth that only red wine has cardiovascular protective qualities, as some studies have highlighted the same benefits in white wine. Finally, with regards to carbs, there is further good news: as long as you choose a glass of dry red or white, the CARBS WILL BE MINIMAL. Sweeter wines, like rosés and dessert wines contain more residual sugars, hence they are higher in carbs – best avoided.
Distilled Spirits (liquor) have been fermented enough for the sugars to have vanished. So they have ZERO CARBS. None the less, it isn’t a green light for you to go and get plastered. I only drink on special occasions, so I’m certainly no expert, but I hear that it isn’t a good idea to drink on keto. Apparently, ketosis and weight loss tend to stall with alcohol consumption. It does make sense that the liver would struggle to produce ketones while working hard to metabolise alcohol. The other reason for you not to go and have a binge is that many ketoers have reported terrible hangovers. Again, it makes sense that a finely tuned liver, used to metabolising good fats and protein, would struggle to cope with a sudden influx of poison. Also, ketosis speeds up intoxication, so you don’t need to drink as much to get really drunk.
To conclude, spirits are fine as occasional treats. Not great if they become a habit or a binge.
Beer is an absolute no-go zone. Aside the fact that it contains gluten, it is VERY HIGH IN CARBS. And the darker the colour, the more the carbs. There are some light beers and non-alcoholic beers that are lower in carbs, but I hear they’re not worth it. I’d say it is best to forget beer altogether. But if you must, Select 55 has the lowest carbs (1.9g per bottle).
Liqueurs are another no-go area. The sugary, fruity, creamy stuff like Advocaat, Kahlúa, Amaretto, Sambuca, Peach Schnapps and Baileys are VEEERY HIGH IN CARBS, so DO NOT TOUCH these.
The best alcoholic drinks for ketoers.
#1 PROSECCO. The trendiest wine of the moment. The lowest carb content of all. The best wine there is.
……although I may be biased as my second home is in the Italian Prosecco valley 🙂
#2 CHAMPAGNE. Posh and keto. Life cannot get any better.
#3 SPARKLING DRY WINES. If it’s dry, it’s ok for keto.
Aren’t we lucky? Does anyone still want to call keto a ‘diet’?
A quick guide to alcoholic drinks and keto.
Before we move on to the Keto Sugar Free Low Carb Baileys Irish Coffee recipe, I just want to give you a quick guide to alcoholic beverages and their carbs contents.
The NO list:
Beer. Ale. Stout. Flavoured spirits. Liqueurs. Sweet wines. Dessert wines. Port. Sweet Sherry. Cocktail mixes. Alcopops.
The YES list:
Prosecco. Champagne. Sparkling wine. Dry white wine. Dry red wine. Extra Dry Vermouth (e.g. Cinzano, Martini, Aperol). Vodka. Whiskey. Gin. Rum. Tequila. Brandy. Cognac.
Please make sure you drink sensibly and never ever drive under alcohol influence. Especially on keto!
Here we go. Time for the Keto Sugar Free Low Carb Baileys Irish Coffee recipe.
You will love the satisfying richness, sweetness and boozy taste sensation of this ‘Irish Coffee’. Perfect with a pudding to end your Christmas dinner in style.
- Servings: 1
- Serving size: 1
- Calories: 211
- Fat: 22.7g
- Net Carbs: 0.7g
- Protein: 0.7g
- 1 cup of freshly brewed coffee.
- 1-2 shots of whiskey
- 15-25 drops chocolate flavoured liquid Stevia (depends on sweetness of stevia brand you use)
- 45ml double cream
- mix hot coffee, stevia liquid and whiskey.
- pour into a wine glass up to about 1 finger width (1.5cm) from the rim.
- wait a few seconds for the liquid to be motionless (any movement and the cream will sink).
- position a teaspoon inside the glass so it touches the side just above coffee level.
- pour double cream over the spoon with a slow but steady motion.
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