Keto-Friendly Rum and Coke

The key to a delicious keto-friendly rum and coke is a perfect ratio of spirit to cola. If you’re in the mood for a refreshing mixed drink, this is for you!

Keto-Friendly Rum and Coke
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WHAT IS A RUM AND COKE?

Rum and coke is a highball cocktail consisting of cola, rum, and (usually) lime juice on ice.

Traditionally, the cola ingredient is Coca-Cola and the alcohol is a light rum such as Bacardi. However, the drink may be made with various types of rums and cola brands, and lime juice may or may not be included.

The cocktail originated in the early 20th century in Cuba, after the country won independence in the Spanish–American War. The drink quickly became popular in countries across the world, including the United States.

DRINKING ALCOHOL ON KETO

Drinking alcohol while on keto is definitely doable! There are several do’s and don’ts, but you can still enjoy plenty of alcoholic drinks while staying low-carb and keto.

For tons of information about alcohol and the ketogenic diet, check out this extensive guide to alcohol on keto.

WHAT IS ZEVIA COLA?

Zevia was launched in 2007 as an alternative soft drink for those who want to avoid both added sugars and artificial sweeteners. Zevia colas contain no carbohydrates and are sweetened with liquid stevia.

There are multiple flavors of Zevia soda including grape, cola, and orange. There are fourteen flavors of the beverage in total.

Zevia is often a keto/low-carb go to because it contains a small number of ingredients in comparison to other diet soda. Secondly, it contains no artificial colorings, making each flavor completely clear.

KETO-FRIENDLY RUM AND COKE INGREDIENTS

Before you try to make this recipe, make sure you have the following ingredients on hand.

  • 2 oz rum
  • 1 can Zevia Cola
  • 1 lime

If you choose to use a Zevia Cola substitution (as discussed below), make sure you have it in your kitchen as well.

HOW TO MAKE A KETO-FRIENDLY RUM AND COKE

Making this rum and coke cocktail is about as simple as can be. Here’s how you do it.

  1. Pour rum over ice
  2. Top with Zevia Cola
  3. Lightly squeeze lime over top
  4. Sit back and enjoy!
Keto-Friendly Rum and Coke

WHAT IS THE BEST RUM AND COKE RATIO?

There more than likely is a “perfect” ratio of rum to coke for this cocktail.

However, it is important to make this recipe your own, meaning you can find your perfect ratio. Of course, we provide a recipe and recommendation, but you can find your ideal portions.

The good news is, using these ingredients, you can basically create whatever ration you want without having to worry about adding carbs.

CAN I USE SOMETHING ELSE BESIDES ZEVIA?

You can, yes. As mentioned above, the reason we use and suggest Zevia is due to the fact it has the fewest amount of artificial ingredients and no artificial colors. Of course, this doesn’t make for the greatest pictures…

However you can easily use other colas for this recipe. Do, however, make sure you have used them before and they don’t slow your progress or knock you out of ketosis.

A few suggestions for a cola replacement you might use are:

  • Coca-Cola Zero
  • Diet Coke
  • Pepsi Max
  • Diet Pepsi
  • Diet Rite

You might have regional brands in your area that would work, so make sure you to check the canned drink aisle at your local grocery to see.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE IN KETO AND KETO-FRIENDLY?

There is often some confusion as to the difference in the term “keto” versus “keto-friendly.” While the two terms are often used interchangeably by those on keto, they actually mean two different things.

KETO DEFINITION

Used alone, keto (or ketogenic) references a food, recipe, or way of eating that is high in fat, has a moderate amount of protein, and a low (usually five or less) amount of carbs.

Common keto foods/ingredients are heavy cream, butter, avocado, and almond flour. These follow the high fat, low-carb equation mentioned above.

Generally, those eating a keto diet aim for 20g (sometimes 30g) of carbohydrates or less daily. However, they try to make 70% of their calories come from fat.

KETO-FRIENDLY DEFINITION

Keto-friendly, on the other hand, is a food or ingredient that is able to be consumed while on the keto diet. These foods/ingredients are very low in carbohydrates (3g or less) and generally have little to no fat or protein.

Some common keto-friendly products include Zevia, monk fruit sweetener, and unsweetened almond milk.

Just because an ingredient is keto-friendly, that doesn’t make it “truly keto.” It just means it is safe to eat because the carb count is low enough.

Keto-Friendly Rum and Coke

CHOOSING A GOOD RUM

Rum is a delicious spirit. Over the past several years, it has even been undergoing a transformation as not only an ingredient in cocktails, but as a delicious drink itself.

Having said that, there can be some major differences in different rums you may find at your local stores. Here are a few ways to make sure you are getting a good quality rum for this (and every) recipe.

KNOW WHERE IT CAME FROM

Some of the best rums are still distilled in tropical areas such as the Caribbean and Latin America. These rums are generally considered to be the best.

However, rums from around the world are challenging these locations with high quality, delicious rums.

KNOW THE TYPES OF RUM

While some may only be acquainted with certain brands or types of rum, there is actually a large range.

The three most popular types of rum are: gold, white, and dark.

Light rums are: clear, have no distinct flavor, usually used in cocktails, and are aged at least a year. These make a great rum to use in your rum and coke!

Gold rums are: golden in color, have a spicy/smoky flavor, can be used in mixed drinks but often drank by itself, and are aged for several years.

Dark rums are: deep in color, very rich flavor, matured for many years.

WHAT TO DRINK A KETO-FRIENDLY RUM AND COKE WITH

There are plenty of delicious dishes to drink a keto-friendly rum and coke with. Here are some ideas to get you started.

For more ideas, you can check out our recipe index or check out our main course recipes.

Keto-Friendly Rum and Coke


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Keto-Friendly Rum and Coke

Keto-Friendly Rum and Coke

Yield: 1 serving
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes

The key to a delicious keto-friendly rum and coke is a perfect ratio of spirit to cola. If you're in the mood for a refreshing mixed drink, this is for you!

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Pour rum over ice
  2. Top with Zevia Cola
  3. Lightly squeeze lime over top
  4. Sit back and enjoy!

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Nutrition Information
Yield 1
Amount Per ServingCalories 0 Total Fat 0g Carbohydrates 0g Protein 0g
Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from an online food databse. All carbohydrate counts are calculated as net carbs instead of total. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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