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Homemade Low-Carb Amaretto

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Coming from an Italian family, Christmas lunch is always finished with an espresso and then some Italian liqueur, usually Amaretto or Frangelico (or my uncles very strong homemade grappa for the more adventurous!)

I was really impressed with how this keto version turned out, though a few notes with the flavour.

I used xylitol and Sukrin Gold but I don’t think the sweeteners would affect the flavour too much so feel free to experiment here. Erythritol, Swerve, Lakanto (monk fruit sweetener), or even allulose would all be suitable options. If you plan to keep your low-carb Amaretto refrigerated, use allulose as it won't crystallise.

The main components for flavour are the sugar-free almond extract, vanilla and liquid sweetener. For the vanilla, I would try to use real beans if you can. They steep in the alcohol and really enhance the flavour. It will take at least a week to infuse so if you need a quick fix, use vanilla bean powder or sugar-free vanilla extract.

I used a tablespoon of molasses in mine but you could probably get away with a bit less — don’t scrimp too much though as you need this to mellow the alcohol. Alternatively, you could try yacon syrup if you prefer.

Did you know you could also make your own low-carb Baileys? Happy Holidays!

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Serving size 1 shot, 30 ml/ 1 fl oz

Allergy information for Homemade Low-Carb Amaretto

✔  Gluten free
✔  Dairy free
✔  Egg free
✔  Nightshade free
✔  Pork free
✔  Avocado free
✔  Coconut free
✔  Fish free
✔  Shellfish free
✔  Beef free

Nutritional values (per serving, 1 shot, 30 ml/ 1 fl oz)

Net carbs0.9 grams
Protein0 grams
Fat0 grams
Calories45 kcal
Calories from carbs 86%, protein 3%, fat 11%
Total carbs1.1 gramsFiber0.3 gramsSugars0.3 gramsSaturated fat0 gramsSodium1 mg(0% RDA)Magnesium4 mg(1% RDA)Potassium22 mg(1% EMR)

Ingredients (makes about 800 ml/ 27 fl oz)


  1. Add the water, sweeteners and molasses to a small saucepan and heat until just boiling.
  2. Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the sugars are dissolved.
    Homemade Low-Carb Amaretto
  3. Pour into a 1 L (34 fl oz) capacity jar and mix with the vodka and almond extract. Add the vanilla beans and seal.
  4. Place in a cool, dark space for at least one week but up to four before enjoying. If you don't have time, use vanilla bean powder and let it infuse for at least an hour. If you use vanilla extract, no infusing is needed. Homemade Low-Carb Amaretto
  5. Serve at room temperature or over ice.
    Homemade Low-Carb Amaretto
  6. Store in a sealed container in a dark, cool cupboard.
    Homemade Low-Carb Amaretto

Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1 shot, 30 ml/ 1 fl oz)

Net carbsProteinFatCalories
Vodka, distilled alcoholic beverage (~40% vol)
0 g0 g0 g39 kcal
Vanilla extract, powder (vanilla bean)
0 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Erythritol (natural low-carb sweetener)
0.2 g0 g0 g1 kcal
Sukrin Gold, brown sugar substitute
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Natural extract, sugar-free (maple, peppermint, almond, orange, lemon, coconut, cherry, etc.)
0 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Yacon syrup, natural sweetener
0.6 g0 g0 g2 kcal
Water, still
0 g0 g0 g0 kcal
Total per serving, 1 shot, 30 ml/ 1 fl oz
0.9 g0 g0 g45 kcal

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Comments (7)

Isnt molasses super high in carbs

It's all about quantities. This amount is totally fine for the number of servings it makes. In a similar way way eating too many berries would make any meal high in carbs.

I found a similar recipe on the web and made it last year. After a short time the Erythritol recrystalized. Is there a way to avoid this?

I found that the best sweetener to use to avoid crystals is allulose. It can be hard to find though. I live in the UK and had to get mine in the US (Amazon) while I was visiting. It is best to keep the Amaretto outside fridge and serve with ice if you like it cold.

The best place I found in the UK to get Allulose in the UK is iHurb. Much cheaper than anywhere else I've found.

Yahoo......I love this idea! I will be making your version! Years and years ago (a long time past) I took a little class on making homemade liquors. It was a community class and it was packed. We all tasted probably 25 little dixie cups of home made liquors, needless to say things were a bit fuzzy! Made with real sugar,  flavorings and grain alcohol or vodka.  I have thought about trying to make them with various sugar free sweeteners but have never found the time to experiment. Thank you for you recipe. I will be making as the almond liquor is a favorite. Should you experiment more in this area... I suggest trying sugar free jello powder and/or kool-aid for some other interesting flavors. My memory recalls some of those creations were surprisingly good! Thanks again!

Thank you so much for the tips, that DIY liquor class sounds like a lot of fun! 😊