So recently I discovered that you can easily fit wine into a low-carb/Keto diet! I just generally assumed that because wine is made from fermented fruit it would be oozing with carbohydrates.
Mostly, I really miss cooking with wine. You have to admit, a nice wine braised beef is fantastic! Moderation is the key, I’m not telling you to drink a whole bottle, but a glass on special occasions will definitely fit into a low carb diet!
These numbers are based on 5 oz servings.
*Red wines to enjoy:
- Merlot: 3.7 carbs
- Pinot Noir: 3.4 carbs
- Cabernet Sauvignon: 3.8 carbs
- Burgundy: 5.46 carbs
- Shiraz/Syrah: 3.79 carbs
*White wines to enjoy:
- Chardonnay: 3.7 carbs
- Pinot Gris/Grigio: 3.2 carbs
- Riesling: 5.5 carbs
- Champagne/Sparking whites: 1.5 carbs
- Sauvignon Blanc: 3 carbs
Glühwein is the name for mulled wines in German-speaking countries. You can get this citrusy warm beverage in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and few other German-speaking areas. Glühwein is exceptionally popular during the Christmas holidays and is commonly served in outdoor Christmas markets along with a variety of other holiday foods and hand-made crafts.
These Christmas markets have tents that have been set up for so people can sit down and get warm while sipping hot mulled wine or beer as a break from Christmas shopping. For Germans, Glühwein is an integral part of the Christmas experience.
So to celebrate the holidays and as a gift to my readers I have a $100 Amazon gift card to giveaway courtesy of The Amazon Wine Store. You can use this to stock up on your favorite wines or use it basically for anything your heart desires on Amazon!
Here are a few pictures of our Christmas Market adventures in Kaiserslautern and Stuttgart, Germany and a low-carb version of gluhwein!
Keto Mulled Wine
- 1 orange
- 5 whole cloves
- 3 whole star anise pods
- 1 piece (1 inch) peeled fresh ginger, thinly sliced
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 cup water
- 2-3 teaspoons liquid stevia (depending on how sweet you like it)
- 1 bottle (750 mL) red or white wine (cheap wines are ok, but it has to be a wine you would drink by the glass normally. So no box or cooking wines!)
- Peel orange in strips using a vegetable peeler, being careful not to remove any pith (the white part). Push cloves into peel.
- Combine clove-studded orange peel, the star anise, cinnamon, ginger, water, and stevia in a saucepan over medium heat. Bring to a simmer, stirring occasionally, and cook for 10 minutes. Remove from heat, and add wine. Let stand for 20 minutes to mull.
- Just before serving, gently reheat mulled wine over medium heat until just beginning to simmer. Do not boil!
- Serve warm.