7 Keto Cider Recipes: Fall Drinks That Won't Derail Your Diet

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Keto Cider Recipes

Cider is a wonderful alternative to beer or wine when you're not in the mood for either. Moreover, this tasty fruit-based beverage is one of the most versatile drinks, perfect for getting together with friends or enjoying some snacks at happy hour.

Most ciders are high in sugar and calories, but a few brands are keto-friendly. Read the label if you’re purchasing pre-made ciders to ensure they’re keto. Depending on taste preferences, you may find a wide range of ciders, from bone dry to semi-sweet.

In this blog, we’ve compiled the best keto cider recipes you can make at home using apple cider vinegar (ACV). So grab a snack, pop a top and let’s get started!

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The Best Low-Carb Keto Ciders Recipes 

Keto cider is a simple and easy-to-make beverage made with ACV that has tons of health benefits. It tastes great, is caffeine-free, and will help boost your ketogenic diet efforts! The recipes below offer a wide variety of homemade keto cider options for you to choose from.

1. Keto Hot Apple Cider

Keto Hot Apple Cider

Keto hot apple cider is a healthy twist on traditional hot cider. The following ingredients will make a delicious low-carb apple drink to keep you feeling nice and toasty in Fall and Winter. This beverage is perfect for vegans, lactose-intolerant people, and keto dieters.

Total Preparation Time: 11 mins

Ingredients 

Directions

  1. Boil water in a kettle.
  2. Add mulling spice in a tea strainer within a mug, then pour over spices with the freshly boiled water.
  3. Let it sit for at least 10 minutes.
  4. Remove the tea strainer and spices from the mug.
  5. Pour in the sweetener and ACV and stir.

2. Low-Carb Apple Cider Moscow Mule

Low-Carb Apple Cider Moscow Mule

This delicious festive keto drink comprises only six ingredients, making it easy to whip up for a casual night or with your family and friends at Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Total Preparation Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1.5 oz. Apple cider vinegar
  • 1 wedge of Lime juice
  • 3-4 Ice cubes
  • 1.5 oz. Vodka
  • 1/4 tsp. Ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 can Diet ginger beer 

Directions

  1. In a glass, combine the vodka and apple cider vinegar. 
  2. Squeeze the lime juice into the glass and toss the wedge in.
  3. Add the ice cubes and sprinkle on the cinnamon.
  4. Top the mixture with as much or as little diet ginger beer as you like. Serve and enjoy!

3. Keto Apple Cider Buttered Rum

Keto Apple Cider Buttered Rum

Keto apple cider buttered rum is a delicious way to warm yourself up in the colder seasons. The perfect Fall/Winter indulgence for keto dieters, this drink blends apple flavors with tasty spices and can be topped with rum.

Total Preparation Time: 12 mins

Ingredients 

  • ¼ cup of Swerve (brown sugar substitute)
  • 2 tbsp. Sugar-free honey
  • Pinch of nutmeg 
  • 4 tbsp. Butter, unsalted and softened
  • ¼ tsp. Cinnamon
  • 2 cups of Strong brewed cinnamon apple or apple cider-flavored tea
  • 2 shots of Gold or dark rum
  • Pinch of cloves
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish

Directions

  1. Combine the butter, brown sugar substitute, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves in a mixing bowl. Beat together until smooth and well-mixed.
  2. Brew the tea strongly, and keep it warm.
  3. Stir the butter mixture into the warm tea mixture until completely dissolved.
  4. Add the rum to the drink mixture, and stir well to combine.
  5. Separate the drink evenly into two cups and serve garnished with cinnamon sticks.

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4. Keto Sugar-Free Apple Cider

Keto Sugar-Free Apple CiderSugar-free apple cider is the best way to warm up on a cool day, especially for those on a low-carb diet or watching their sugar intake. With lots of spices, fresh apples, and your favorite brown sugar replacement, you can make this delicious Fall drink while still retaining that delicious apple cider flavor.

Total Preparation Time: 3 hours 15 minutes 

Ingredients 

  • 10 to 12 Medium apples such as Granny Smith, Honeycrisp, Gala, or a combination
  • 2 Oranges, peeled and sectioned 
  • 4 Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tsp. Allspice
  • 1 whole Nutmeg
  • 1 tbsp. Whole cloves
  • 16-20 cups of Water
  • ½ to 1 cup Sugar-free brown sugar replacement, depending on your liking

Directions

  1. Wash and slice the apples and oranges.
  2. Put the fruits in a large stockpot. Add seasonings.
  3. Add water to the stockpot and heat up until steaming. Continue to steam for about two hours or until the apples are very soft.
  4. Mash the apples and oranges with a potato masher or a large wooden spoon against the pot's side. Cover and simmer for about one more hour.
  5. Carefully strain solids from the cider using a cheesecloth or fine mesh strainer. Press the solids against the strainer to release the juices, and then discard the solids.
  6. Add brown sugar to the cider to taste.
  7. If desired, serve warm, room temperature, or chilled with apple slices and a cinnamon stick.

5. Apple Cider Sangria 

Apple Cider Sangria

This apple cider sangria is the perfect Summer keto cider beverage, as it’s refreshing, sugar-free, and low-carb. The recipe combines white wine, apple cider, cinnamon, and fresh seasonal fruit, so it’s tasty and won’t knock you out of ketosis!

Total Preparation Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 cups of Boiling water
  • 8 Apple cinnamon tea bags
  • ½ cup Sugar-free sweetener
  • 1 Green apple 
  • 1 cup of Cranberries for garnish
  • 2 Cinnamon sticks
  • 1 bottle (750ml) Dry keto-friendly white wine

Directions

  1. Put the tea bags and cinnamon sticks in a large glass measuring cup. 
  2. Pour boiling water over it and leave for 5 minutes.
  3. Dispose of the tea bags and cinnamon sticks and add the sweetener. Stir until dissolved. 
  4. Cool the tea to room temperature. 
  5. Blend the cooled tea with other ingredients in a large pitcher. 
  6. Refrigerate the mixture for at least 2 hours before serving.

6. Sugar-Free Keto Electrolyte Cider

Sugar-Free Keto Electrolyte Cider

Restoring electrolytes is important to keto dieters. This delicious electrolyte cider recipe adds apple cider vinegar to make it even better. So try this sugar-free keto drink and stay hydrated!

Total Preparation Time: 10 minutes 

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. Water
  • 2 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. Apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. Potassium chloride
  • 1/4 cup Powdered monk fruit allulose or keto syrup, to taste
  • Ice cubes

Directions

  1. Mix all ingredients except ice in a mason jar. 
  2. Close the jar’s lid and shake until the sweetener dissolves.
  3. Adjust sweetener to taste, if desired.
  4. Enjoy the drink as-is, or pour it over ice.

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7. Sugar-Free Hot Pumpkin Cider 

Sugar-Free Hot Pumpkin Cider

This non-alcoholic cider will give you your pumpkin spice fix and all the Fall vibes. Plus, it’s a keto-friendly and sugar-free beverage ideal for low-carb dieters! This will become your new favorite if you’re looking for mocktails for Fall.

Total Preparation Time: 30 minutes 

Ingredients 

  • 5 cups 2ater
  • 1 cup Torani Premade Zero Sugar Pumpkin Spice Syrup
  • 6 (.14 oz. packets) of Sugar-free instant apple cider mix
  • 12 Whole cloves
  • 3 Cinnamon sticks, a few more for garnish
  • 2 Star anise

Directions 

  1. Add water, Torani premade pumpkin spice syrup, apple cider mix, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise to a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir to combine.
  2. Cook and occasionally stir until the mixture barely reaches a simmer (about 15 minutes). 
  3. Reduce the heat and continue to simmer for 10 more minutes.
  4. Pour the cider through a strainer to separate and discard the cloves, cinnamon sticks, and star anise.
  5. Serve with additional cinnamon sticks. Enjoy!

Is Apple Cider Vinegar Good for a Low-Carb or Keto Diet?

Yes. Fermented apple juice and yeast make up apple cider vinegar, an alcoholic fermented liquid that tastes pungent, acidic, and slightly fruity. It is widely used in cuisine and as the main ingredient in keto cider beverages. Also, ACV has earned a reputation as a home remedy for various ailments. 

Many people use ACV for weight loss, as some research suggests it can reduce appetite and regulate blood sugar levels. This can promote your ability to maintain a state of ketosis.

Another way of looking at it is that having some apple cider vinegar with or directly before your meal will increase your carbohydrate tolerance. This is because keto cider helps to reduce the insulin impact of consuming carbs.

Moreover, as its name suggests, ACV imparts an apple flavor to whatever it’s mixed. It is also sugar-free, carb-free, and almost calorie-free (3 calories per teaspoon). This means it’s a keto-friendly option for injecting real apple flavor into low-carb apple cider, especially since regular apple cider is very high in carbs and sugar.

How Many Carbs Does Apple Cider Vinegar Contain?

One teaspoon of ACV contains just 3 calories, 0 grams of fat, 0 grams of protein, 0 grams of fiber, and a total of 1 gram of net carbs.

Additionally, apple cider vinegar may contain trace amounts of fiber from the apple juice, though not enough to affect your body. This is especially because fermented apple extract in keto cider recipes should only be consumed in small amounts.

As general guidance when making or drinking apple cider on keto, it’s important to look at the nutrient label of any product you intend to buy, as some brands may have fewer carbs than others.

Conclusion

If you’re following a low-carb keto diet or trying to watch your sugar intake, these mouth-watering, homemade, sugar-free, low-carb cider recipes are all you need! Once you get used to them, you wouldn't imagine a Fall season without a mug or two.

One of the top benefits of these drink recipes is that they can help you control your weight and manage your calorie intake. Additionally, ACV controls blood sugar levels for diabetics and people who follow specific diet plans such as keto.

There’s also evidence that ACV positively impacts your health by preventing chronic diseases and infections. While more studies are needed to know its true extent, adding cider to your keto diet shouldn’t cause you any harm, especially if you keep your intake moderate.

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