What is rumchata?

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the question” What is rumchata?” with an in-depth analysis of the methods of its making. Moreover, we are going to highlight rumchata flavors and cocktails.

What is rumchata?

RumChata is known as a Caribbean rum-based cream liqueur. Rumchata is flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. Inspired by the Spanish and Latin American drink, horchata, RumChata is made in Wisconsin by using natural dairy cream.

It was launched in 2009. After this, RumChata was at the top of its category. It found many dedicated fans. It was regularly found in bars and home liquor cabinets, and it can easily compete in popularity. It has a unique taste and versatility with long-established brands like Baileys Irish Cream. 

In the old times, it was enjoyed as a shot, on the rocks, as a coffee creamer, or mixed into deliciously sweet cocktails. RumChata is known as an excellent liqueur to keep in your bar.

What is rumchata made from?

RumChata is made from a blend of five-times distilled Caribbean rum and Wisconsin dairy cream. It is flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. It is also flavored with other “secret flavors” (both natural and artificial). The cream liqueur contains mildly pleasant 13.75 percent alcohol by volume.

RumChata contains homogenized cream. So, you do not need to put it in the fridge. Though many drinkers keep the bottle chilled, an open bottle is at room temperature for about six months. Make sure that RumChata is open or not, it should not be exposed to extreme heat. Don’t leave your bottle in your car on a hot summer day.

What does rumchata taste like?

RumChata is sweet, smooth, and creamy. It has a sultry underlying taste of cinnamon and a hint of vanilla. The thick milkiness present in rumchata helps to soften the rum and diminishes the alcohol taste, though it is still apparent.

How to drink RumChata?

RumChata is a thick liqueur. It’s delicious straight when you serve it on the rocks. Rumchata adds a nice amount of dilution. It makes this drink more enjoyable. Alternatively, shake it with ice. After shaking, strain it. Now enjoy RumChata neat in a well-chilled glass. The liqueur also shines in cocktails. It makes the easiest-drinking shots possible.

For a cream liqueur, RumChata is rather versatile. You can mix it with rum, vodka, and whiskey. It also pairs well with other common dessert flavors like chocolate, coffee, mint, and vanilla. It’s also fun with bananas, berries, lemon, and pumpkin.

You can add a shot to your coffee instead of creamer. You can also use it as a substitute for other cream liqueurs (including almost any Irish cream recipe), or try it in dairy cocktails. For example, it works particularly well when replacing the cream or milk in simple drinks like the white Russian and mudslide.

What are the rumchata flavors?

RumChata started with the original liqueur just like many young distilled spirit brands. After its launch, it was played around with different flavors. In addition to the Caribbean rum, fresh dairy cream, cinnamon, vanilla, sugar, and Mexican spices, there are two additional flavors to enjoy:


This is the original cream liqueur. It includes the signature cinnamon-vanilla spice blend

RumChata Limon:

This flavor builds on the creamy taste of the original RumChata. It also adds a hint of lemon. 

RumChata Peppermint Bark:

This is a creamy combination of peppermint and chocolate. It is a perfect flavor to enjoy in hot chocolate over the holiday season.

Best rumchata cocktails:

1. Cinnamon toast crunch shot(rumchata fireball):

This is your favorite childhood cereal. It was rediscovered as a cocktail. You can serve it in a shot glass. Serve it rimmed with crushed cinnamon toast cereal for a sweet treat your friends will love.

2. Vanilla rumchata pudding shots:

By trying this, you can take your love of vanilla pudding to the next level. It is perfect for a celebration. These mini-cups of rumchata-flavored pudding are irresistible.

3. Cinnamon roll cocktail (rumchata and Kahlua):

This cocktail is the perfect blend. It is the blend of two of our favorite liqueurs. You can easily prepare it in minutes. You can enjoy this delicious drink all night.

4. Frozen rumchata strawberry lemonade:

If you love a refreshing strawberry margarita in the summer, then you should serve this drink at your next patio party.

5. Salted caramel rumchata martini:

Martinis have come a long way. By having this, you are no longer restricted to gin and vermouth. This martini is sweet, salty, and delicious.

Here, you can find what to mix with rumchata.


In this brief guide, we answered the question” What is rumchata?” with an in-depth analysis of the methods of its making. Moreover, we highlighted rumchata flavors and cocktails.



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