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!
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
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)
- Add the water, sweeteners and molasses to a small saucepan and heat until just boiling.
- Reduce to a simmer and cook, stirring, until the sugars are dissolved.
- Pour into a 1 L (34 fl oz) capacity jar and mix with the vodka and almond extract. Add the vanilla beans and seal.
- 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.
- Serve at room temperature or over ice.
- Store in a sealed container in a dark, cool cupboard.
Ingredient nutritional breakdown (per serving, 1 shot, 30 ml/ 1 fl oz)
|Vodka, distilled alcoholic beverage (~40% vol)|
|0 g||0 g||0 g||39 kcal|
|Vanilla extract, powder (vanilla bean)|
|0 g||0 g||0 g||1 kcal|
|Erythritol (natural low-carb sweetener)|
|0.2 g||0 g||0 g||1 kcal|
|Sukrin Gold, brown sugar substitute|
|0 g||0 g||0 g||0 kcal|
|Natural extract, sugar-free (maple, peppermint, almond, orange, lemon, coconut, cherry, etc.)|
|0 g||0 g||0 g||2 kcal|
|Yacon syrup, natural sweetener|
|0.6 g||0 g||0 g||2 kcal|
|0 g||0 g||0 g||0 kcal|
|Total per serving, 1 shot, 30 ml/ 1 fl oz|
|0.9 g||0 g||0 g||45 kcal|
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