I have a hot buttered rum recipe for you! While it would be socially irresponsible of me to classify this cocktail as "healthy," it is low in carbs and completely sugar-free. If you are on a low carb diet or watching your sugar intake, but craving a warm, wintery holiday cocktail then this is for you, my friend! It's creamy, decadent, and perfect for a holiday get-together or special occasion.
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Low Carb Hot Buttered Rum
So here's the deal, hot buttered rum is usually loaded with sugar.Traditionally recipes call for anywhere between ¼ cup to an entire cup (!) of sugar. Not today, mixology snobs! As per usual, I'm throwing tradition to the wind and doing things a little differently. Instead of sugar, we're using a low carb sweetener as a replacement.
I recently fell in love with monkfruit sweetener by total accident. I sent my partner to the health food store to pick up Swerve for a recipe I was working on, and they were out. We spent some time on the phone hashing out the ingredient labels while googling until he found something on the shelves that I could have: Lakanto Monkfruit Sweetener.
Sweeteners are hit or miss for me, so I was hesitant to even try. I almost sent him somewhere else to look for Swerve, which is Erythritol and Stevia. I loathe xylitol, love Erythritol, feel pretty "meh" about Stevia, and had never tried monkfruit. Since the Lakanto brand had monkfruit and my beloved Erythritol, I decided to give it a shot. OH. MY. LAWD! I'm a total convert for sure; I much prefer the flavor of this blend. It got me excited about making sweet stuff, which I hardly ever do! So that's what I'm using in the recipe, but feel free to use whichever sugar-free sweetener you prefer.
The Sugar-Free Hot Buttered Rum Recipe
This is a super easy hot buttered rum recipe; no fancy steps or mixology skills required. If you can bring something to a boil, you can handle this!
For the recipe, you'll need to gather some things: rum, unsalted butter, low carb sweetener, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and water. Put all of your ingredient in a saucepan, except the rum, and bring to a boil. Drop it down to a simmer for a few minutes, whisk the mixture, then remove from heat. Mix in the rum and serve. Enjoy your low carb, sugar-free hot buttered rum!
Looking for more low carb cocktail recipes?
Try one of these!
- Combine water, butter, sweetener, cinnamon, nutmeg, and sea salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and whisk ingredients well. Simmer for 5 minutes and remove from heat.
- Mix in rum and serve!
Hi, I'm Tasha–nutritionist, recipe developer, and multi-published cookbook author.