What You Need to Know About RumChata

Mix it up with this sweet, creamy liqueur

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RumChata has made a big splash on the bar scene. This cream liqueur has risen to the top of its category. It can easily compete in popularity, taste, and versatility with long-established brands like Baileys Irish Cream.

What's so great about RumChata and why is everyone talking about it? Quite simply, it's one of the best cream liqueurs available for today's bar. If you have yet to discover its delicious taste for yourself, now is a perfect time. Let's explore the delicious fun to be had when it's mixed into a sweet, creamy cocktail.

What Is RumChata?

RumChata is a cream liqueur that has become very popular since its release in 2009. It is made from a blend of five-time distilled Caribbean rum and Wisconsin dairy cream and is flavored with cinnamon, vanilla, and other "secret flavors" (both natural and artificial).

The inspiration for RumChata is horchata, a traditional drink from Mexico and Spain that dates back to the time of the ancient Egyptians. In Egypt and Spain, the chufa nut was ground with water, cinnamon, and sugar to make a drink that has the look of milk. When the recipe came to Mexico, rice was used in place of the nut.

Traditionally, horchata does not contain dairy products, though RumChata liqueur does.

RumChata contains homogenized cream and does not need to be refrigerated. An open bottle can be stored at room temperature for about 6 months, but you do want to make sure that a bottle—open or not—is not exposed to extreme heat. Don't forget to take RumChata out of your car on a hot summer day.

RumChata is bottled at 13.75 percent alcohol by volume (27.5 proof). It sells for around $20.

Mixing With RumChata

Since its introduction, RumChata has found many dedicated fans throughout the United States. Its rich, smooth taste and spice blend make it an excellent addition to a variety of drinks.

  • Use it as a substitute for other cream liqueurs: This includes almost any drink recipe that calls for Irish cream.
  • Try RumChata in your favorite dairy cocktails: It works particularly well when replacing the cream or milk in simple drinks like the white Russian and mudslide.
  • Enjoy it on its own: Simply serve it on the rocks in an old-fashioned glass as an after-dinner drink or a quick nightcap.
  • Use it as a creamer for your coffee or tea: Add half a shot to your afternoon coffee or evening tea for a lightly spiked pick-me-up.

RumChata Cocktail Recipes

Most RumChata drinks are very simple. The idea is to allow the tasty cream to accent just a few flavors from the other ingredients. You will find that it pairs well with everything from chocolate-mint to sweet lemon. It is a fabulous option for quickly creating a tempting dessert cocktail.

  • Banana Cream Pie: A simple and delicious drink with banana liqueur.
  • Boozy S'mores Milkshake: A dreamy milkshake with marshmallow vodka, Drambuie, chocolate liqueur, and RumChata.
  • Lemon CakeAll you need is your favorite limoncello.
  • Mint ChocoChata Martini: Chocolate vodka and creme de menthe make a fabulous martini.
  • Pumpkin Pie Martini: Looking for an autumn delight? Grab a vanilla vodka and pumpkin liqueur and mix it up.
  • Spiced Passion: While this recipe calls for horchata, RumChata is a perfect substitute. It's a true delight with cinnamon tequila and passion fruit.

Beware of the Curdle

RumChata uses real cream and this can cause curdling when combined with some drink mixers. This chemical reaction is the only downfall of the liqueur, though it is something that you can avoid.

Curdling occurs when RumChata is mixed with high acid and citric acid mixers, like fruit juices and many sodas. This does not affect the taste or the safety of the drink. It is, however, visually unappealing and an aspect to be aware of when mixing with RumChata.

One of the more popular ways to enjoy RumChata is to mix it with root beer to create a root beer float-like drink (without the "float"). In most cases, the liqueur curdles. Taking on the challenge, the people behind RumChata experimented with various root beers and found that A&W and Dad's were the best brands to use to avoid curdling.

Other sodas may have a similar effect, so you would need to experiment. If you're thinking of trying out a new mix, pour a small amount of your mixer, then top it with an equal amount of RumChata. If there's a curdling issue, you'll see it almost immediately.