Which are the lowest-carb libations? For people with diabetes, drinking alcohol can be a tricky exercise. Alcohol itself causes blood glucose to drop, but the things people mix with their spirits have widely-varying amounts of carbs. It’s hard to know where your blood glucose levels will end up.

You might be surprised by the carb counts of common cocktails:

  • Does a five-ounce apple martini have more carbs than a four-ounce glass of sherry? It does not! A five-ounce appletini (vodka plus one ounce of apple schnapps) contains about 8 g of carbohydrate, while a glass of sherry has 12 g.
  • Which has more carbs, dry champagne (sparkling wine) or dry white wine? The white wine has more. Dry white wine contains about 3 g to 4 g of carbohydrate per 5-ounce glass. Sparkling wine contains only about 1 g per four-ounce flute.
  • What about dry red wine? It’s exactly the same as white wine—about 3 g to 4 g of carbs per five-ounce glass. If the wine is dry, the residual sugar from the grapes after fermentation is minimal.

Now, do you think a glass of red wine is a lower-carb choice than a Manhattan made with sweet vermouth? Red wine is not a lower-carb choice than a Manhattan. For one thing, a Manhattan would be served in a smaller glass–a standard serving is just three ounces. But the only carbs come from the vermouth, and you use just 1/4 ounce. A Manhattan weighs in at about 3 g of carbs.

If you’re a beer lover, you know that regular beer is not a low-carb choice. Which do you think has more carbs, a 12-ounce beer or a 4-ounce margarita? Did you choose the beer? You’re right. A margarita, made the purest way–with just tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice—contains about 7.5 g of carbs in a 4-ounce glass. A 12-ounce beer contains almost 13 g. However, this rule does not hold when a commercial margarita mix is used. Just 3.5 ounces of that stuff contains a whopping 28 g of carbs.

Here’s a somewhat surprising beer fact: a 12-ounce bottle of Guinness contains only about 10 g of carbs, a bit fewer than a regular beer.

Let’s compare two popular summer drinks: the Cape Codder and the screwdriver. Which has fewer carbs? They’re about the same, but OJ wins. Cape Codders contain cranberry juice, which has about 28 g per cup. Screwdrivers contain orange juice, which has about 26 g per cup—but the cranberry juice contains added sugar. Also, if the OJ has pulp, you might get a little fiber in there, too.

And now for the queen of sweet, calorie-laden cocktails: the piña colada. You might think, at 32 g of carbs per 4.5-ounce glass that this is the highest-carb drink of them all, but ….The White Russian tops the chart at 40 g in 4.5 ounces.

Remember, alcohol causes blood glucose to drop, and sugary carbs do the opposite. Talk to your doctor, and be careful if and when you drink.

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