How to Order an Iced Keto Starbucks Horchata

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Here’s how to order an iced keto Starbucks horchata for your summer sipping pleasure.

keto starbucks horchata drink

In the mood for horchata? You’re in the right place!

Looking for an amazing keto-friendly version of the iced Starbucks horchata? 🙋🏼‍♀️ With the nixing of the sugar-free cinnamon dolce syrup last year (why, Starbucks, why?!) we revamped this Starbucks order hack that tastes like a Horchata – it’s creamy, cinnamon-y, and slightly sweet! Maybe we didn’t need the cinnamon dolce syrup after all! 🤩

man with keto horchata

If you’re unfamiliar with Horchata, it’s a traditional Mexican drink made up of white rice soaked in water, sweetened with granulated sugar, and flavored with cinnamon (and loaded with sugar and carbs, too 😳). However, this recipe we discovered is completely keto-friendly …and it’s SO delicious!

We initially would order this drink with white tea, but since Starbucks has discontinued that too, we’ve subbed in black tea and honestly can’t tell the difference!

keto starbucks horchatadrink

Want to try this drink? Here’s what you’ll need to tell the barista to order a keto iced Starbucks horchata:

“May I please have a Venti Iced Black Tea shaken – NO liquid cane sugar – with sugar-free vanilla syrup, heavy cream, and extra cinnamon powder.”

To make do without the sugar-free cinnamon dolce syrup, ask for a whole lot of cinnamon powder to get that sweet spice flavor that horchata is known for! We also swapped in some sugar-free vanilla syrup, which is one of our go-to options for added sweetness.

Please note that the sugar-free sweeteners at Starbucks are considered dirty keto as they contain maltodextrin. 

sugar free starbucks horchata drink on counter

Enjoy this totally keto Starbucks horchata! 😋

Let us know if you love this keto iced horchata as much as we do! It’s super creamy and balances perfectly with the cinnamon powder. Note that baristas tend to have a heavy hand when it comes to heavy cream, so specify how much you desire.

If you have any of your own tricks to get the perfect keto Starbucks horchata, let us know!

Check out our Keto Starbucks Ordering Guide!

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Comments 9

  1. A Smith

    How many carbs?

    • Kellie

      The only carbs you get from this is from the HWC. The SF syrups have 0 carbs.

      • Jennifer (Hip Sidekick)

        Thanks, Kellie!

        • Kellie

          You’re welcome!

  2. Elena Lawson

    This was amazing! Any ideas what the macros are though? I’m trying to track, and can’t find them anywhere on the “interweb”.

    • Cassandra (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Elena! To get a good idea of what the actual macros would be, I would suggest downloading the Starbucks app, if you haven’t already, as you can customize your drink to see how the macros would shake out. It also depends on the number of pumps of syrup you request. Hope that helps!

      • Elena Lawson

        Thanks Ladies! The app shows 0 g of fat (which has to be impossible due to the heavy whipping cream). The website about doesn’t have the option to select HWC. Just figured someone out there may have figured this one out already 🙂

  3. Reyna

    This sounds amazing!! I’ve been craving horchata for a while but I can’t have dairy :(… what do you suggest they can swap the heavy cream with to have the same effect?

    • Trish (Hip Sidekick)

      Hi Reyna! Nearly any plant-based milk can be made into a heavy cream substitute. Starbucks offers soy, oat, almond and coconut milk. I would think that any of these options would work, but I personally find oat milk to be a bit of a creamer consistency. Hope you like it if you decide to try it! 🥰

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