RumChata Recipes, Cocktails, and Why I Love This Beverage

I am a Mother of three Marines who love to eat and a wife to a husband who also loves to eat and cook.

RumChata cocktail and bottle

RumChata cocktail and bottle

RumChata Is the New Drink Sensation

RumChata is the newest alcoholic drink sensation taking over the country. In fact, it should be called "yumchata" because it's so yummy. How it didn't become popular in the United States before now is beyond me. Mexicans make horchata with rice milk; the Spaniards use chufa (tiger nut). Now, this creamy liqueur has taken the nation by storm.

RumChata is very sweet and is the perfect dessert drink. It is sinfully sweet and tastes just like liquid Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. I'm not kidding. The first time I had RumChata, a friend just poured it over ice and handed me the glass. I slowly licked my lips, sat back, and curled my hands around the glass. I was in heaven.

I'm not even really a drinker. I might have one or two drinks when I go out, but any alcohol in the house sticks around for a while because I get a wild hair and buy a big bottle just for one drink. Buttershots is an example of this; I love it in hot chocolate.

Back to RumChata though. In the past year, I have made RumChata cupcakes, RumChata French toast, and a tasty RumChata eggnog float. Recipes are below—so keep reading, and you'll find out why I love the stuff so much.

How Do I Make My Own RumChata?

Here's the short version.


  • Premade or homemade horchata
  • Rum (I prefer Bacardi white rum)


  1. Mix the two ingredients together. Use 2/3 horchata to 1/3 white rum.
  2. Enjoy!

This heavenly beverage is not distributed nationwide—and certainly not worldwide— yet. I found this out the hard way when I was visiting Connecticut and wanted to have a girls' night, which isn't complete without this creamy dream by the way. I searched the grocery stores, liqueur stores, and even called the distributors. RumChata is only in limited distribution.

So where can you get RumChata is it's not sold in your state? Can you buy it online? No, but you can make it at home. It's not that hard, and some say it's even better than from the bottle. But you can choose to use the full-fat cream (yum) or make a diet, low-fat version using cinnamon rice milk (horchata). The choice is yours.

Hispanics make horchata from scratch, but for those without the time or patience, you can buy a "starter" and just mix the base and the liquor. Considering that my RumChata habit can be expensive, this is the way to go in my opinion. A bottle normally costs between $18-22, and it's easy to drink it between two people in just an evening.

Where Did RumChata Come From?

The origins of this divine libation started in Egypt as a drink prepared for the pharaohs from chufa, or tiger nut. The drink then made its way to Spain where it really took off and became a very popular summer drink. When the Spaniards settled Mexico, they found that chufa did not grow well in this part of the world, and they started making horchata with rice milk and mixing it with cinnamon, vanilla, and using either milk or water as the base. I can understand why the people of Spain love this drink. It makes me feel like sitting on a beach chair, relaxing, and not having a care in the world. RumChata was first sold in the United States in 2009 and has become a mega-craze.

RumChata French toast

RumChata French toast

RumChata French Toast

RumChata French toast is very easy to make, and although it already contains vanilla and cinnamon, I still add a sprinkle of each. I can't leave well enough alone with a recipe; I have to make it mine. Enjoy my morning of bliss.

Who says you're only supposed to drink after 10 AM? You can also make this dish for brunch. Serve it with butter or maple syrup, and you have a scrumptious start of the day.

You can definitely taste the alcohol in the French toast, especially if you let the bread soak up the liquid—so 21 and over, please.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 10

Total Time: 30

Serves: 2


  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk (low-fat or whole fat)
  • 1/3 cup RumChata
  • Slices of bread (regular or French bread)
  • Sprinkle of Cinnamon and nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Mix eggs, milk, RumChata, vanilla, and seasonings together in a shallow bowl. (Take a sip of RumChata.)
  2. Melt butter in frying pan on med-high heat. (Take another sip.)
  3. Dip each side of the bread in the milk mixture, letting the bread soak up the milk and RumChata. (Take a third sip.)
  4. Place in heated frying pan or skillet, and brown both sides. (Take a fourth or fifth sip. See a pattern here?)
RumChata and Rootbeer

RumChata and Rootbeer

RumChata Cocktails I've Made and Loved

RumChata and Root Beer

Mixing this creamy liquor and root beer is a very delightful drink and very easy to mix.


  • RumChata
  • Root beer (I prefer Dad's or A&W)


  1. Depending on how strong you like your drink you can mix 1:1 ratio, or two parts root beer to one part RumChata. I prefer the one-third ratio, as I can drink several in one evening without feeling as though I've had too much to drink

Remember: Rumchata contains cream and some soda pop has a high acidic content.

Exotic Hot Chocolate

My son gifted me with a gift set at Christmas, and it came with a thermal ceramic mug, which is perfect for my tantalizing hot chocolate drink. I also had gingerbread marshmallows, and as they melted, it added a little bit of ginger flavor to my drink. Heaven in a cup. It's a wonderful winter drink to warm up your insides, and it's become my favorite winter drink. Even more than hot chocolate and Buttershots, that's why the Buttershots is still in the cabinet.


  • Hot chocolate
  • RumChata
  • Marshmallows (optional)


  1. Mix as strong or mild as you like.
  2. Fill your mug 3/4 with hot chocolate, and fill the rest with alcohol. Or for a little more kick use a 2/3 hot chocolate and 1/3 liquor ratio.

Reader Recommendations

Others have tried and loved:

  • Pudding shots
  • RumChata and Fireball
  • Putting a little in coffee
Make your hot chocolate exotic.

Make your hot chocolate exotic.

So tell me what you think

Elaine on September 26, 2019:

Trust me! Rum Chaya on the rocks is a great sleep aid. HA HA. Delicious,too. My new addiction!

Patti D on June 25, 2018:

Awesome drink!! My daughter from OK got me hooked

on Rum Chata.3 years ago. We Mississippians love it!!

Jen on January 02, 2018:

Tired Rumchata with hot chocolate for the first time, love it.

Heidi on May 29, 2015:

I make Rumchata pudding shots, those shots are the best :-))

TJ on September 23, 2014:

The rumchata french toast is sooo good :) I've made it a few times and am making it for girls camp this weekend.

June Campbell from North Vancouver, BC, Canada on June 30, 2014:

I have never heard of this. I sounds good. I will have to check and see if it is available in Canada.

Eugene Samuel Monaco from Lakewood New York on June 30, 2014:

Heve never heard of this, but will have to find it now!!! Thanks!!!

Ibidii on June 30, 2014:

I use rice milk but not alcohol. I will let the kids know that use alcohol. Good lens Dawn!!

Dancing Cowgirl Design from Texas on May 19, 2014:

Never heard of it but it sounds Yummmmmmy.

Nancy Tate Hellams from Pendleton, SC on May 08, 2014:

I have never heard of Rumchata but after reading this, I think I will have to give it a try. Thanks for the heads up.

gottaloveit2 on April 29, 2014:

Rumchata and Fireball REALLY taste like cinnamon toast!

Dawn Romine (author) from Nebraska on April 21, 2014:

@delia-delia: LOL, Rumchata in coffee, eggnog, rootbeer, it's all good! I also like it straight on the rocks, but it disappears too fast that way.

Delia on April 21, 2014:

Oh you did not just show me how to make my own RumChata!!!!! My daughter keeps me supplied, I like it in my coffee as well...Yummy.. my other daughter likes to make Limocello...that's yummy too!

Titia Geertman from Waterlandkerkje - The Netherlands on February 15, 2014:

Not for me, I don't like sweet alcoholic drinks, never did. Matter of fact I stopped drinking any alcoholic drinks a few years ago. I used to drink wine a lot at dinner and parties, but now I don't even like wine anymore.

ProjectResolute2 on February 11, 2014:

Yup, rumchata is sooooo good! I've never tried it with french toast though...

Dawn Romine (author) from Nebraska on January 11, 2014:

@HaveItDipped: Have not tried Rumchata in Pancakes yet, I will have to keep that on my list.

HaveItDipped on January 10, 2014:

I was just recently introduced to Rumchata. I now have a couple bottles on hand. Its really good in french toast and pancakes.

Shay Marie from Southern California on November 06, 2013:

Those Rumchata drinks look fabulous! My new favorite alcohol is Fireball Whiskey. It's like doing a shot of cinnamon. Delish!

NibsyNell on May 17, 2013:

Love the sound of this! Will have to give it a try!

anonymous on May 03, 2013:

I love regular horchata but this rumchata is the best. Finished a while bottle while I was relaxing at home watching a movie. I will be buying this marvelous drink on a regular basis. Thx

anonymous on March 04, 2013:

Sounds tasty. Thanks.

renagirl on March 04, 2013:

sounds really good !!

Loretta Livingstone from Chilterns, UK. on February 27, 2013:

I've never seem this in the Uk, but it sounds rather yummy! If I see it, I may well give it the taste test

Insurance-Provider on February 19, 2013:

Would love to try my hand on it.

Thanks for giving more option of food ... like your lens.

Ellen Gregory from Connecticut, USA on February 14, 2013:

This does sound really good. I have never heard of it before.

julieannbrady on February 14, 2013:

Sounds absolutely delicious! Must try it soon.

Dawn Romine (author) from Nebraska on February 13, 2013:

@WriterJanis2: Don't know what was going on last night. Seems we were having some system issues.

Rosyel Sawali from Manila Philippines on February 13, 2013:

Wow! I just learned something new today ^_^ Rumchata sounds like a yummy drink!

Jen withFlash on February 13, 2013:

Very nice lens!! The French toast looks sooo good!

WriterJanis2 on February 12, 2013:

Sounds great! I would like your lens, but there is no like button showing up. :-(

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