You no longer have to choose between appreciating a good drink and sticking to your ketogenic diet. Kyndra Holley of Peace, Love and Low Carb is here to save the day with drink recipes from her book, Keto Happy Hour.

Irish Cold Brew

NET CARBS - 2g

Who says your favorite morning beverage can't also be a part of your favorite cocktail? There are plenty of hot coffee cocktails, so I thought I would give cold brew its time to shine in the cocktail spotlight. Whiskey and coffee are always a great match.

Makes 1 drink

  • 2 ounces Irish whiskey
  • 6 ounces cold-brew coffee
  • 2 ounces heavy cream
  • 1 teaspoon powdered erythritol (optional)

Fill a pint-sized glass with ice. Add the whiskey, coffee, and cream. Stir to combine. Stir in the erythritol, if using. This is also amazing as a blended drink. Simply pour the finished drink into a blender and pulse until smooth.

French 75

NET CARBS - 2g

Like most classic cocktails, the history of this one is a little muddled. However, the one thing that seems to be unanimously agreed upon is that the first printed recipe for the French 75 dates back to a book published in 1930, The Savoy Cocktail Book. The floral notes of the gin pair perfectly with the bright flavors of fresh citrus. Throw some bubbles into the mix and you have a match made in cocktail heaven.

Makes 1 drink

  • 1 ounce dry gin
  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon powdered erythritol
  • 4 ounces champagne Lemon twist, for garnish

Combine the gin, lemon juice, and erythritol in a champagne flute and stir. Top with the champagne and garnish with a lemon twist.

Strawberry-Basil Lemon Drop

NET CARBS - 6g

If you are a fan of the classic Lemon Drop, then you will love this strawberry-basil variation. The basil in this drink adds a new depth of flavor and complements the sour citrus notes beautiful. The perfect drink for a low-carb girls' night!

Makes 1 drink

FOR THE RIM OF THE GLASS:

  • 1/2 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon granular erythritol

FOR THE DRINK:

  • 3 large strawberries, divided
  • 1/2 lemon, cut into wheels, divided
  • 5 fresh basil leaves, cut into thin strips, plus more for garnish
  • 1 ounce fresh lemon juice
  • 1/2 ounce Low-Carb Simple Syrup (page 40)
  • 1 1/2 ounces vodka

To RIM THE GLASS:

1. Pour the lemon juice onto a small plate.

2. Pour the erythritol onto a separate small plate.

3. Swirl the rim of a martini glass in the lemon juice, then swirl it in the erythritol to coat the rim.

For another fun fruit-and-herb fusion, try making this drink with blueberries and fresh rosemary.

To MAKE THE DRINK:

1. Cut a slit in the bottom of one of the strawberries and one of the lemon wheels and place them on the rim of the martini glass as a garnish.

2. Remove the tops of the remaining 2 strawberries and slice.

3. Put the sliced strawberries, remaining lemon wheels, basil leaves, lemon juice, and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker. Muddle until the fruits are crushed and have released their juices.

4. Add the vodka to the cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Cap and shake vigorously.

5. Strain the mixture into the rimmed martini glass and garnish with basil.

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