If you have diabetes but you would like to drink some alcohol now and then, keep reading Insider Monkey’s list about the best alcoholic drinks for diabetics type 1 or type 2. Let’s talk a little about some more specific guidelines one with diabetes must follow should they decide to drink. First and foremost, everyone is different. While it is indeed safe for most diabetics to “drink responsibly,” that is certainly not the case for every diabetic. Whether or not you have your disease under control, you’re going to want to consult with your doctor about if any amount of alcohol use is safe for you. And while there certainly are risks to alcohol consumption for everyone (not just diabetics), believe it or not, your doctor may even bring up the fact that moderate drinking can have its benefits, as well.
Now without a further ado let’s see what Insider Monkey has investigated for us. We have picked three of the best alcoholic drinks for diabetics type 1 or type 2 from their list.
The first one is [Dry] Sparkling Wine. In fact, the dryer the better when it comes to drinks for diabetics. You will find in most cases that the amount of calories and carbohydrates in specific types of alcohol varies by brand, but your average 4 oz. serving of champagne will have between 84-105 calories and about 6 carbs. Most pink champagnes have slightly lower numbers than that. And as tasty as they may sound, you’re going to want to steer clear of the sweeter varieties. Even counting those out altogether, you still have plenty of options when it comes to the sparkling wine that suits your taste; which is what makes this such a good option. The second one should be Brandy. Not only is it much more affordable, but it comes in a variety of different flavors. Some of which don’t have nearly as many calories or sugar as you would think, considering they are much sweeter. By itself, a serving (1 oz.) of brandy is about 65 calories. Different fruit-flavored brandy liqueurs can be more than double that! A good flavor to go with would be apricot brandy; which has only 15 calories more than regular brandy in a single serving. But keep in mind, when you order brandy at a bar, you will get 2 servings! I have, however, had a regular customer who would come in (and was coincidentally diabetic) and order it in shot form and just sip it like he would from the snifter.
For any further useful information, read Insider Monkey’s article about 12 best alcoholic drinks for diabetics type 1 or type 2.