keto sugar free low carb baileys irish coffee


Keto Sugar Free Low Carb Baileys Irish Coffee: boozy perfection and just 0.7g carbs.

We all know that liqueurs are 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.

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.

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.

keto sugar free low carb baileys irish coffee

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 or consume alcohol on a regular basis. Ketosis and weight loss tend to stall with alcohol consumption. It make total sense that the liver would struggle to produce ketones while working hard to metabolise a toxin. 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 an occasional indulgence. Not great if they become a habit.

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 carbs it will contain. There are some light beers and non-alcoholic beers that are lower in carbs, but I hear they’re not very nice.

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.

keto sugar free low carb baileys irish coffee

The Best Alcoholic Drinks for Keto.

#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’?

keto sugar free low carb baileys irish coffee

A Quick Guide to Alcoholic Drinks and Ketosis.

Before we move on to the Keto Sugar Free Low Carb Baileys Irish Coffee recipe, here’s 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!

Time for the Keto Sugar Free Low Carb Baileys Irish Coffee recipe. Merry Christmas to you all!

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keto sugar free low carb baileys irish coffee

Keto Sugar Free Low Carb Baileys Irish Coffee

Get in the festive mood with a delicious Baileys flavoured Irish Coffee that won't kick you out of ketosis.
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Course: Drinks
Diet: Egg Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Keto, Low Carb, Nut Free, Sugar Free
Keywords: baileys, christmas, coffee, cream, festive, irish, whiskey
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1



  • mix very hot coffee, stevia liquid and whiskey.
  • pour into a wine glass up to about 1 finger width from the rim.
  • wait a few seconds for the liquid to be motionless (any movement and the cream will sink).
  • position a teaspoon with the handle angled 30° and the tip of the spoon touching the inside of the glass, just above coffee level.
  • pour double cream over the spoon with a slow but steady motion.
  • serve immediately.


Serving: 1 | Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.7g | Protein: 0.7g | Fat: 22.7g
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  2. I’m going to finally try this recipe next week! So excited 🙂

  3. This is great! And your hot. Double bonus. Thanks.

  4. Can’t wait for an occasion to try this lovely drink. Been keto since October 2017 and alcohol free since December. Am looking forward to experiencing this!
    Thank you so much for all your wonderful recipes and lifestyle help.

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  8. How big is a pipette?

    • Hi, I’ve amended the recipe to show number of drops, and I’ve also updated the link, which should be more helpful. You basically want to make it very sweet (as a traditional Irish Whisky is). 🙂

  9. Can heavy cream be used in place of double cream?

  10. Hi Antya
    thanks for the idea, we really like Keto SUGAR FREE LOW CARB BAILEYS IRISH COFFEE. Almost every night I made it, this truly unique beverage

    • Hi Yulia! Thank you for your feedback! It’s also great with dark rum… same carbs: 0.7g. In fact, you could try it with any distilled spirit (all zero carbs).

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