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Get Your 24 hr RumChata Fix with These Creamy Cocktails

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If you’re a fan of creamy liqueurs like Baileys and Amarula, then you’ll love RumChata. Inspired by the traditionally non-alcoholic horchata, RumChata is creamy, cinnamon-heavy and completely unique. Unlike other cream liqueurs on the market, RumChata is made with a base of Caribbean rum (and you can taste that rum in every sip) and infused with a bevy of exotic spices. On the palate the liqueur has bursts of spicy cassia, vanilla, baking spices and a long, creamy finish. Sipped on its own or over ice, it is a perfect accompaniment to spicy foods—and it also happens to be extremely versatile in cocktails. So don’t be daunted by that big, white-and-gold bottle. You’ll use up all 750 milliliters in no time.

From an iced coffee cocktail made with RumChata instead of milk, to a scotch-laden dessert cocktail that’s as smoky as it is rich, these four cocktails highlight the liqueur in their own ways.

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The name of this cocktail literally translates to coffee and rum. And while that’s exactly what goes into this breakfast sipper, the resulting cocktail is much greater than its parts. Instead of using just one type of rum, this coffee cocktail layers two different rums on top of each other. At the base there’s a delightfully heady shot of Bacardi Gran Reserva 8 Year, a vanilla-rich dark rum. And on top there’s a hefty float of creamy RumChata, which gives this cocktail its creamy, spiced edge. Similar to an iced latte but much more decadent (and boozy), it’s our new brunch go-to.

The Essentials

Rumchata
rum
cold brew coffee
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In this boozy take on a classic malted milkshake, white rum joins in on the fun, while cinnamon-heavy RumChata takes the place of milk. Rich, malty and sweet, this grown-up dessert is so good that you have to check yourself to keep from slurping the drink down too quickly. Your move, ice cream parlors.

The Essentials

white rum
Rumchata
Vanilla Ice Cream
Malted Milk Powder
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While mixing creamy RumChata with scotch seems like an odd combination, we assure you it’s not. When paired together, the smoky dram becomes fruitier and richer, and the cream liqueur loses some of its syrupy sweetness. Made with a blended scotch, a heavy dash of orange bitters and rum-heavy, spiced RumChata liqueur, this cocktail is as cozy as a cashmere blanket. A finishing spritz of ultra-peaty Laphroaig adds depth, dryness and a hint of campfire smoke. Come the first snow this winter, we know exactly what we’ll be drinking.

The Essentials

Scotch
Rumchata
Honey Syrup
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When winter raises its chilly head in Mexico (yes, there’s a winter season in Mexico), people fight back against the cold with Champurrado. Essentially their version of hot chocolate, Champurrado is traditionally prepared with either masa de maíz or masa harina (aka corn flour), panela (unrefined sugar), water or milk, and a garnish of grated cinnamon, anise seed or fresh vanilla bean. To make a simplified, boozed up version of that classic cold weather treat, we added a slug of rum, spicy ancho chile liqueur and a creamy topper of RumChata. This piquant hot chocolate is garnished with a hefty tower of whipped cream (go ahead, use the stuff that comes straight out of the can) and freshly grated cinnamon.

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Ancho Reyes
Rumchata
Hot Chocolate

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