This keto rumchata recipe is a delicious drink recipe similar to RumChata. It uses vodka or rum and low carb ingredients for a creamy winter drink for those on a keto diet. The flavors are a mix of vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg and each keto cocktail has only 0.6g net carbs.
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Recently while at “book club” at my sister’s house I had the pleasure of tasting RumChata. I had not ever heard of it before but boy was it was a tasty beverage!
It tastes like a warm, spicy white Russian. Anyway I really liked it and when I got home I thought, “I bet I can make a rumchata drink into a keto friendly cocktail”. So today I give you my keto rumchata drink! It’s the ideal drink for those on a low carb diet.
While I used a vanilla vodka in this recipe it’s usually a rum drink but you can swap and use spirit you like and it won’t change the carb counts.
What is RumChata?
RumChata is a rum cream liqueur based on a traditional drink called a horchata which is a rice milk based drink. The ingredients are essentially rum, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and cream. On RumChata’s website they say about their liqueur, “Rum & Horchata had a love child and it’s delicious” and I totally agree!
The alcohol content of Rumchata is 15% alcohol by volume. Comparatively speaking the alcohol content of vodka is 40% by volume usually as is does rum. So this drink recipe is a bit stronger.
Recipe ingredients I used.
The basic ingredients for this simple drink are Absolut vanilla vodka, unsweetened almond milk, heavy cream, cinnamon, fresh nutmeg, vanilla extract and stevia.
Note if you use a granulated sugar or sweetener you should heat up the cream and sugar on the stove to dissolve it. Let it cool before adding the other ingredients. Or use a powdered sugar or sweetener and you won’t have to do this.
You can see below most of the simple ingredients I used. I love this SweetLeaf vanilla cream stevia sweetener and use it in many of my low carb drinks and recipes. However you can use the sweetener of your choice if you don’t have it.
Also I used Absolut vanilla flavored vodka instead of rum but you can switch it out if you prefer rum. I just don’t. Also Absolut flavored vodkas don’t have any added sugar and carbs. If you use another vanilla flavored vodka or rum make sure it don’t have have any carbs or just use plain vodka or rum.
If you have problems with dairy products you can substitute coconut milk or coconut cream. However there might be a few carbs and the flavor will be a bit different. I should still be tasty though.
How to make a keto rumchata drink.
- Get out a cocktail shaker or blender and add all the ingredients. Blend or shake until well combined.
- Taste and see if you want to add more vodka (or rum), spices or sweetness.
- Pour over ice and enjoy! You can use a cinnamon stick for garnish if you wish.
These are really simple and tasty. Even my hubby liked it and he’s not much of a creamy drink person. Please scroll down to view the printable recipe card.
Can you use rum instead of vodka?
As I mentioned above yes you can use rum instead of vodka. It’s meant to use rum but I prefer vodka.
Plain vodka has 0 carbs and 64 calories in 1 oz. Regular rum is the same. So you can use rum in this cocktail if you wish
The amount of rum or vodka that you use is up to you. I would advise using a middle shelf liquor, however I would say that for most drinks.
Check out this great guide about alcohol on keto that my friend Maya wrote.
Different ways to use this keto rumchata or other flavors to mix in.
I just serve this drink over ice. As I mentioned above you can add more vodka (or rum) to make it stronger but I think it’s fine as is.
Here are a few more ways to drink this or things to mix with this vodka chata:
- coffee – One of the easiest way to make a boozy coffee drink. Just as you would add cream to coffee, add some of this drink to black coffee.
- hot chocolate – Same concept as coffee but with hot cocoa or chocolate. It will add creaminess and go well with chocolate flavors.
- add extracts to change the flavor profile – Try adding orange extract for a cream orange cocktail. Or even almond extract to get a keto creamy Amaretto flavored drink.
- Rumchata White Russian – Add more vodka and Torani’s sugar free coffee syrup to make this drink.
- slushy – Blend with ice to make a creamy keto slushy
- boozy eggnog shake – Add to this keto eggnog shake for a boozy shake.
I hope you like this keto rumchata recipe as much as I do, especially if you are on a low carb diet. And if you don’t care about carbs I recommend going out and buying some RumChata. It’s really good!
Rumchata Nutritional Information(4.5oz) found on their website.
220 cals / 5g fat / 20g carbs / 1g protein
Keto Rum Chata Drink (6 oz)
190 cals / 13.5g fat / 1.3g carbs / 0.7g fiber / 0.6g protein = 0.6g net carbs
More low carb vodka drinks to try.
Here are a few more low carb and keto vodka drinks to try:
- root beer float
- keto candy cane martini
- low carb pumpkin pie cocktail
- frozen mudslide
- German chocolate cake cold brew
- grapefruit ginger fizz
- lemon drop fizz
- spiked hot cocoa
Keto RumChata Drink
This keto rumchata is a delicious drink similar to Rum Chata. It uses vodka and low carb ingredients for a tasty winter drink that's perfect for those on a keto diet. However you can just substitute rum for the vodka if you are more of a rum person!
- 1 ounce middle shelf vodka, (or rum)
- ½ cup unsweetened plain almond milk
- 2 tablespoons heavy whipping cream
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon fresh grated nutmeg
- vanilla stevia to taste, or sweetener of your choice
- Note I used Absolut Vanilla Vodka. I know this brand has no carbs and the added vanilla is great for this recipe. However you can use plain vodka or rum if you wish.
- Add all ingredients to a blender and mix on high for a few seconds.
- Serve over ice. Add a cinnamon stick for garnish if you want.
- The nutrition info for 2 drink is 190 / 13.5g fat / 1.3g carbs / 0.7g fiber / 0.6g protein - 0.6 net carbs
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 190Unsaturated Fat: 0g
Hi:) i had a question about the stevia i never used a dropper version and im very new to sugar alt how much would you recommand like a dropper full? any advice would help thank you so much
I would not use a full dropper as it is very sweet. Just do a few drops at a time and you can always add more. However you can use an sugar substitute you want.
Again I would start with maybe a teaspoon of granular sweetener (Swerve, powdered stevia, Splenda, Truvia, etc) and then add more according to how sweet you want it.
Hope that helps!
IMHO, this is not like a spicy White Russian, which is what I expected. After searching Rumchata, this is a drink with horchata and rum, aka rice milk with rum.
After trying the Rumchata at my local liquor store, I acquired the taste pretty quickly and really like it. I just expected the taste of a White Russian, so when I made this, I was thrown off. Very good recipe though…thanks!
What type of vanilla do you use? Extract? Vanilla flavoring in a bottle? Thanks in advance.
Hi Elisa, it was vanilla extract. I’ll go fix the recipe. Thanks for bringing that to my attention and I hope you like it!
To clarity., when you say heavy cream are you referring to whipping cream or half and half?
Hi Linda, I use heavy whipping cream but you can use half and half too. Hope you like it!
I love rumchata and since going keto over a year ago, I thought I’d never be able to have this again. All I can say is wow! I made it tonight and it is amazing! My husband says it taste just like the real thing which ifilled with sugar! It’s a keeper. Thank you so much!
Hi Lori, so glad you liked it! When I first had Rumchata I had to try to make it low carb because it was so good. 🙂
Thank you for this recipe!! Going to pick up all the ingredients on my way home! Had been wanting to get Fireball and RumChata for a while, was disappointed that RumChata had carbs. 🙁 Now I can make my own! Yippee!!
Hi Angela, I hope you like it! I’m sure you can make the Fireball low carb too. Enjoy!
Yum! Made it with spiced rum and omitted the nutmeg. So delicious!
So glad you liked it! I’ll have to try that sometime.
If I try this again I won’t use as much nutmeg if any. That’s all I could taste. 😥
Hi Tara, sorry it didn’t work out for you. It should taste more of cinnamon than nutmeg. Maybe your nutmeg was fresher than mine?
Was just starting to miss my usual Rumchata drink this winter. New to keto. Thanks for this recipe. I had everything already in the house and I’m already sipping. 😉
When I first posted this recipe I thought rum had carbs so I used vodka. Also I just like vodka. However you can also use rum if you like. Thanks for taking the time to comment!
Also new to Keto and went a month before I realized you can drink Gin & Vodka. And make yummy drinks to boot! So enjoyable on a cold winter night! Thank you Denise for your website!
I too went a while before I realized there are no carbs in many alcohols! Also dry champagne and some wines do not have too many carbs either so I was happy to learn that too. Thanks for taking the time to comment and good luck on your Keto journey!
Hi Denise, was searching for a Turkey day drink to take to the fun run/turkey trot and googled and this came up!! Yay! Thx!! But I think I’ll make both, the rumchata version and this vodka version!! If you want to walk you are always welcome to join in on the turkey trot.
Happy Thanksgiving Denise and family!
Oh that’s so nice of you to ask. We have two Thanksgivings so I doubt there will be any trotting going on. More like waddling haha! Rum would be perfectly fine. I made this a long time ago and I didn’t realize that rum does have any carbs either so it would be fine. I’m not much of a rum drinker so I just made it into a vodka drink. Have a good turkey day!
I’m so glad I found this, I’m responsible for 1 cocktail every Christmas, and since diagnosed with type 2 diabetes I’ve been going crazy trying to find something everyone can drink.
Question, do you think I can substitute Almond vanilla milk for Coconut vanilla? Or does the Almond add to the flavor?
The almond milk has very little taste in my opinion. I don’t think it will be a problem though it might have a bit of a coconut taste? It could even taste better! Good luck!
Sooooo gooood!! It’s like Christmas in a cup!!
So glad you like it Melissa!
Forget ‘winter’! I’m having this poured over ice on the balcony in 30C! This surpassed my expectations. Beautiful after dinner on hot days. Thank you!
So glad you like it! I even made popsicles out of it! https://mylifecookbook.com/low-carb-boozy-pops-summer-parties/
Can you make this ahead and refrigerate it?
I think if you don’t add the alcohol you could refrigerate it and then give a good shake or blend before you drink it. Hope that helps!
Just curious, why do you not use rum? Unflavored rum doesn’t have carbs. Is there a reason to use vodka instead if rum?
I just prefer vodka but of course you can use rum. Enjoy!
I’m confused. Rum Chata has ZERO carbs and relatively the same amount of calories as your recipie. So why are you promoting yours as the better alternative to the original Rum Chata? 🤔
I found the nutritional data on Rum Chata’s website. Here is the link.
Rum chats has 16 carbs per serving. It’s made with sugar. Hope that helps.
Can’t wait to sip this!
I’ll make one for you next time you are at my house!