The ketogenic diet—often referred to simply as "keto"—is, hands down, the buzziest diet of 2018. Nutritionist Josh Axe, DNM, DC, CNS, predicted that the low-carb, high-fat diet would be "the fastest growing of 2018 … and possibly the next 10 years," and he certainly called it. Celebrities by the likes of Halle Berry and Kourtney Kardashian have touted it as an effective "detox" for the body, taking to Instagram to share their positive experiences and restrictive food diaries with their millions of followers.
The philosophy behind the diet is simple: Replace carbs, the body's go-to source of energy, with fats. Although the diet is rather limiting, calling for eating fruit in moderation and eliminating pasta, rice, and other grains completely, adhering to a low-carb diet doesn't mean you need to skip happy hour altogether. Ahead, we're sharing five keto cocktail recipes to sip on when you're being carb-conscious. Spanning a gingered peach bourbon thyme smash and a refreshing lemongrass gin and tonic, they're too good not to indulge in.
Gingered Peach Bourbon Thyme Smash
Level of Difficulty: Easy. Simply muddle fresh peaches with thyme and lemon juice, add bourbon, and top with ginger beer to make this gingered peach bourbon thyme smash. Pro tip: Omit the honey to ensure this recipe is as keto-friendly as possible.
Hero Ingredient: The peaches, hands down. Although this sweet summer fruit is on the higher end of the carbohydrate spectrum (read: not keto-friendly), the seasonal produce is worth indulging in this time of year, given its rarity.
Serving Tip: Garnish with peaches and thyme.
Level of Difficulty: Easy. The hardest thing about making this kombucha sangria is squeezing the oranges. However, the fresh, added-sugar-free juice is worth the extra effort.
Hero Ingredient: The kombucha. This good-for-your-gut fermented beverage adds a bit of fizz to this low-carb cocktail.
Serving Tip: Top with a slice of grapefruit and a sprig of mint.
Lemongrass Gin and Tonic
Level of Difficulty: Moderate. This twist on a classic gin and tonic recipe calls for lemongrass-infused gin, which means setting a mixture of the two ingredients aside for about 24 hours to cure.
Hero Ingredient: The crisp, fizzy, refreshing tonic. Opt for a high-quality variety to shake up an elevated version of this simple, three-ingredient cocktail.
Serving Tip: Garnish with a stalk of lemongrass, a slice of lime, and a sprig of mint.
Pineapple Margarita Sparklers
Level of Difficulty: Moderate. You'll need to break out the blender to whip up a batch of these pineapple margarita sparklers.
Hero Ingredient: The champagne. Surprisingly, bubbly is on the lower end of the carbohydrate spectrum when it comes to alcoholic beverages.
Serving Tip: Rim each glass with chipotle chili salt to lend a kick to this fruity cocktail.
Level of Difficulty: Easy. This three-ingredient cocktail couldn't be easier to make. Pro tip: Swap the grapefruit soda with freshly squeezed grapefruit juice and tonic to ensure this paloma fizz is keto-compliant.
Hero Ingredient: The fresh lime juice gives this cocktail a tart flavor that pairs nicely with the smokiness of the tequila and the sweetness of the grapefruit juice.
Serving Tip: Serve in a coupe cocktail glass garnished with edible flowers.