The liqueur of choice for dessert shots, RumChata cocktails are perfect when you want something boozy that also satisfies your sweet tooth. Whip up one of these 15 tempting cocktails after dinner and serve it as a liquid dessert.
What Exactly Is RumChata?
RumChata was inspired by a creamy Latin American drink called horchata, and classic Caribbean rum. It basically tastes like a combination of the two. The creaminess of this liquor makes it ideal for sweet drinks, including dessert shots.
What Does It Taste Like?
The dark, smoky notes from the rum combine with the hints of cinnamon and vanilla in the horchata, giving RumChata a sweet and lightly spiced flavor. The cream lends it a much fuller flavor than many other alcohols. These lighter notes balance out the darker taste of the rum, creating a complex and balanced flavor profile.
Can You Drink It Straight?
Absolutely! RumChata is a lot milder in flavor than straight rum, making it a pleasant drink by itself. If you don’t feel like putting in the effort it takes to whip up a shot or cocktail, just pop an ice cube in a glass, cover it with this creamy liqueur, and enjoy!
What Mixes Well With RumChata?
Since it has dairy cream as a base, RumChata tastes great with pretty much anything you might think to put cream in. Coffee and hot chocolate are both popular mix-ins. It also pairs well with anything that complements cinnamon or vanilla. Cola, rootbeer, Fireball, and apple juice or cider all make good additions to this liqueur.
Where to Find It
Since it’s a specialty drink, it is not as likely as other liqueurs to be found at convenience stores or supermarkets, even if they sell alcohol. Still, it’s a fairly popular ingredient in a lot of sweet cocktails. You should be able to find it at any well-stocked liquor store near you.
How to Store It
Because of its alcohol content, RumChata doesn’t need to be stored in the fridge like other dairy-based products. It does well in the same conditions as the rum it’s made from. Keep it in a tightly closed container in a cool, dark place, like a liquor cabinet or pantry.
15 Tempting RumChata Recipes
These sweet drinks are the perfect way to end a hearty meal. When you only have room left for dessert if it comes in liquid form, whip up one of these to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Made with cherry vodka and garnished with real cherries, this cocktail really does taste like a cherry pie! Graham cracker crumbs around the rim really complete the flavor profile.
With real blueberries as the main ingredient, this is one of the healthier drinks on this list. It offers the fresh flavors of berries and cream in frozen drink form, making it perfect for hot summer nights.
Another great summer drink, this cocktail brings the same berries and cream flavor profile, with an extra splash of tartness from the lemon. It's the perfect frozen treat to keep you cool.
Kahlua, chocolate vodka and chocolate syrup come together in this decadent cocktail. The cream from the RumChata gives it a sweet milk chocolate flavor that's sure to be a hit.
RumChata makes the classic flavor of an orange creamsicle even creamier. This one's great if you're in the mood for something light and tangy.
Made with fresh blackberries, this is another of the healthier dessert cocktails. The creaminess of the RumChata brings sweetness to balance the slight bitterness of the blackberries.
This ultra-creamy shaken cocktail combines RumChata with Kahlua and Amaretto. Toasty chopped almonds garnish the rim to add some subtle nutty flavor to this drink.
This refreshing cocktail is packed with fresh fruit, making it one of the healthier items on this list. The ginger beer adds a slight kick to balance out the sweet flavors of the berries and cream.
The perfect drink for fall, this cocktail features the warm autumn flavors of pumpkin spice. A ring of graham crackers around the rim really highlights the pumpkin pie vibes.
This boozy drink combines apple whiskey with RumChata, offering a slightly tart flavor profile that's mellowed by the cream. With real pie crust around the rim, it really captures the fall dessert experience.
This recipe is just about as simple and classic as the cookie it's named after. RumChata creates the white layer, while chocolate liqueur gives the top layer a much darker hue.
This cool and refreshing minty cocktail works just as well in the heat of summer as it does around the holidays. The creaminess of the RumChata helps to balance out the sharp mint flavor.
This chocolatey layered cocktail is delightfully decadent. The creamy chocolate martini is sprinkled with chocolate shavings, and the cookie crumb crust at the bottom is the perfect way to finish it off.
With a rich shot of chocolate syrup and crumbled graham cracker for garnish, this s'mores-inspired drink will make you feel just as toasty warm as the summertime treat it's named after.
Maybe the most decadent drink on this list, this one doesn't even require a glass. The creamy RumChata pudding goes inside a hollow egg, meaning you can down the whole thing in one gulp!
I’ll have one of each please :)
Me too! Cheers!