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Homemade Sugar Free Kahlua

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Homemade Sugar Free Kahlua

Making your own Sugar Free Kahlua takes just five minutes and is incredibly easy with a few simple ingredients and a good recipe!

When I mixed up my sugar free coffee liquor, I thought about why I rarely drink coffee liquor. I tend to want to sip on some coffee liquor in the evening... but then think about how poorly I sleep if I do that.

The solution?? I made mine decaf!!!

Is Alcohol Keto?

This, perhaps, is the bigger question.

If you scroll down and look at the calories in a batch of this sugar free kahlua you'll find that alcohol really isn't keto.

However, you can safely enjoy a drink now and then. In my opinion, we that eat keto need to relax now and then and having these little "cheats" that allow our body to stay in Ketosis are incredibly valuable to long-term keto success.

When I enjoy an evening drink, I prefer to pair a fat bomb or a piece of high-fat cheese with it.

Ya Feel It Faster

A word of warning, when your body is in a state of ketosis you will feel alcohol hit you MUCH faster than when you're not.

My advice...Keep your drinks small and sip them slowly 🙂

how to make homemade sugar free kahlua coffee liquor

I am in love with these little grappa glasses I found while cleaning out the attic at our family farm.

They are the perfect container for sugar free kahlua!

I have been looking for different pretty glasses like these ever since and the closest I've been able to find are "Grappa" or sometimes brandy glasses.


The Perfect Homemade Sugar Free Coffee Liquor

My favorite thing about making my own coffee liquor (Kahlua) is being in control of all the things 😉

In my opinion, regular Kahlua is a bit on the sweet side. You can dial back the amount of sugar substitute you use to get the perfect level of sweetness for you.

Also, I tend to be VERY sensitive to caffeine too late in the day which meant that I could rarely enjoy coffee liquor as a night-cap.

Therefore, when I mixed this up, I opted for decaf coffee.

I don’t know about you….

I always buy ORGANIC coffee because of all the chemicals sprayed on conventional coffee.

In fact, as I’m writing this post from a cozy hotel room… I’m enjoying a cup of organic coffee made with my AeroPress which is what I travel with!

Finally, you can choose a base liquor of your preference. I have played around with using rum, vodka and brandy. All three yield excellent results.

Though, I tend to lean towards using brandy because it isn't derived from a grain and I enjoy the finished result.

What tweaks will you make to this recipe?

Share your ideas and results with us in the comments section at the bottom of this blog post.


What Substitutions Will Work?

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Keto Sweetener Substitutions

If you haven’t already tried Bocha Sweet, I highly recommend you do.

It’s a superfood alternative sweetener made from a Japanese pumpkin called the Kabocha pumpkin.

However, Bocha Sweet has been sold out off and on. Probably because it’s THAT amazing!!

So what should you use if you don’t have any?

Most alternative sweeteners will work in this recipe. You can use Monk Fruit Sweetener, Xylitol or a blend like Swerve.

You could also use liquid stevia drops to make Sugar Free Kahlua. I would start with 60 drops and adjust to your tastes from there.

What is your favorite Keto Sweetener? Comment below and let me know!

Get The Ingredients Used In Homemade Sugar Free Kahlua Keto and Paleo!

  • Instant Decaf Coffee
  • Instant Coffee
  • Bocha Sweet (Seriously, you need this!) But sometimes it’s sold out. My other picks:
    • Monk Fruit Sweetener
    • Liquid Stevia Drops
    • Swerve
  • Pure Vanilla Extract
  • Caramel Extract
  • Coffee of your choice

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How To Make Homemade Homemade Sugar Free Kahlua

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Homemade Sugar Free Kahlua

Mix up this sugar free kahlua recipe and enjoy coffee liquor without all the sugar!
You can experiment with different bases for this sugar free coffee liquor including rum, brandy, vodka and even whisky! Kahlua is traditionally made with rum. Do what tastes good!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: Keto
Keyword: keto alcohol drink, keto drinks, sugar free, sugar free coffee liquor, sugar free kahlua
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 10 half cup servings
Author: Tara Wright



  • In a large bowl, dissolve Bocha Sweet (or other sugar substitute) in your warm coffee.
  • Mix in vanilla extract, caramel extract and your choice of rum, vodka or brandy.
  • Pour into a container that you can tightly seal.
  • You’ll have a little under 5 cups. You can store in a mason jar or container of your choice.
  • You can drink this right away.
    However, you may prefer to age your homemade sugar free Kahlua for 1-4 weeks. I find that even 24 hours improves the smoothness of the drink.


Nutrition facts are provided as estimates.


Calories: 122kcal | Carbohydrates: 0g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 0g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 34mg | Sugar: 0g | Calcium: 0.1% | Iron: 0.1%

As I mentioned before, making your own sugar free kahlua allows you to have complete control over what you put in it!

Go ahead and use your favorite coffee and make it just as sweet as you want it!


  • 2 ½ cups strongly brewed coffee
  • 1 cup Bocha Sweet (or other sugar substitute)
  • 2 cups rum, vodka or brandy
  • 3 Tbsp Vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp caramel extract


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve Bocha Sweet (or other sugar substitute) in your warm coffee.
  2. Mix in vanilla extract, caramel extract and your choice of rum, vodka or brandy.
  3. Pour into a container that you can tightly seal.
  4. You’ll have a little under 5 cups. You can store in a mason jar or container of your choice.
  5. Age your homemade sugar free Kahlua for 1-4 weeks. Tasting occasionally, until you are satisfied with the depth of flavor.

You can make this decaffeinated by using decaffeinated coffee!

Kahlua is traditionally made with rum. How to make Sugar Free Kahlua keto paleo

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About the Author

Tara Wright, CHC, MBA


Tara is a Certified Holistic Health Coach who specializes in whole body health & wellness through holistic principles. Her passion is creating low-carb, grain-free, keto-friendly recipes and helping others learn the whole-body benefits of a ketogenic lifestyle.

When she isn’t creating recipes in the kitchen, you can find her hanging with her kids, immersed in a good book, traveling with her husband, attending various educational conferences or just relaxing with her four cats!


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