RumChata Lemon Cake Cocktail

RumChata Lemon Cake Cocktail recipe, in a glass

The Spruce / Julia Hartbeck

Prep: 3 mins
Cook: 0 mins
Total: 3 mins
Serving: 1 serving

Some of the best things in life are the simplest, and that is definitely the case for this lemon cake cocktail. The recipe is very easy, requiring just two ingredients and featuring one of the most popular cream liqueurs on the market today.

RumChata is the star of the show and its mix of Caribbean rum and Wisconsin cream can quickly become your new favorite. In this mixed drink from the brand, it is simply combined with the luscious, sweet taste of limoncello and served on the rocks.

The result is a delightful, creamy dessert cocktail with a hint of lemon and just enough sweetness to satiate any sweet tooth. It is perfect for dinner parties or anytime you want a slow sipping, low-proof drink.


Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    RumChata Lemon Cake Cocktail ingredients, RumChata Cream Liqueur, limoncello

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  2. In a cocktail shaker filled with ice, pour the RumChata and limoncello.

    cocktail shaker with ice, RumChata Cream Liqueur and limoncello

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  3. Shake well.

    hand holding a cocktail shaker

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  4. Strain into an old-fashioned glass filled with fresh ice.

    RumChata Lemon Cake Cocktail in a glass

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  • While you could simply build this drink directly in the serving glass and stir it to mix, shaking is preferred. The agitation dilutes the creaminess and gives it a nice effervescence that makes it a little more enjoyable to drink.
  • Shaking does break down the ice so it will melt faster. That's why it's always best to strain cocktails over fresh ice when serving them on the rocks.

Recipe Variations

  • For a fancier presentation, strain the drink into a cocktail glass. If you do not include ice, be sure the glass is chilled first.
  • Serve the lemon cake as a party shot if you like. The recipe makes about 4 1/2 ounces, so if you mix it all up you'll have enough for about three or four shots, depending on the size of your shot glass.
  • Use any other cream liqueur. Irish cream is a very common option though you might also like this drink with something like Somrus, which has a nutty flavor.
  • Lemon rum or vodka can be used as a substitute for limoncello, though the cocktail won't be as sweet.
  • The other option that will cut the drink's alcohol content is to use a lemon simple syrup. It's easy to make from scratch and the only ingredients you need are a few lemons and some sugar.
  • Add another layer of flavor with a coffee liqueur (e.g., Kahlua), amaretto, or coconut rum.

How Strong Is a Lemon Cake?

The lemon cake recipe is made with two liqueurs, so it's relatively mild. RumChata is bottled at just 27.5 proof and most limoncello is 60 proof. When combined, the drink's alcohol content is around 16 percent ABV (32 proof). It's like drinking a really delicious wine!

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