When you want a satisfying coffee drink, but a little something extra, the Rumchata Coffee cocktail is the perfect cozy sip! This deliciously boozy coffee drink is a simple mix of Rumchata liqueur and coffee. Topped with whipped cream and garnished with a cinnamon stick, it's sure to become your go-to boozy latte for fall!
This is such a great warm fall cocktail (or winter too!) The cinnamon flavors of the Rumchata and coffee mixture are perfect on a chilly day.
If you're a coffee lover, check out my delicious Cold Brew Bourbon cocktail! Or, if you're in the mood for more warm drinks, try out this Whiskey and Caramel cocktail, or Mulled Wine with Brandy. The Rum Hot Toddy is another great cocktail for fall and winter!
What is Rumchata Cream Liqueur?
Rumchata is a super tasty and creamy liqueur made with Caribbean rum. It's spiced flavor is primarily cinnamon, and it kind of tastes like a liquid cinnamon toast!
This liqueur gets its name from a mixture of rum and horchata. Horchata is a traditional Mexican non-alcoholic drink made by soaking rice and cinnamon in water overnight.
Unlike the horchata, though, Rumchata is made from a mix of dark rum with dairy cream, and flavored with cinnamon and vanilla. With only 13.75% alcohol, it's not super strong. (In contrast, Bailey's Irish Cream is a little stronger at 17% ABV.)
Rumchata is definitely sippable on its own or over ice! It is very sweet, so keep that in mind. Besides with coffee, you could mix it with whiskey or dark rum for a stronger cocktail. Or, add it to your holiday eggnog for some additional richness!
Here are the ingredients you'll need:
- Coffee - use your favorite method of brewing coffee! If you're using espresso, mix it with hot water to make an Americano style. You can also mix cold brew concentrate with hot water.
- Rumchata - Rumchata cream liqueur brings a creaminess and warm cinnamon flavor.
- Whipped cream - this is optional, but makes a great topping!
- Cinnamon stick - this optional garnish can also be used as a stirring stick. Not to mention, it gives a great aroma with each sip.
Here are some ways you can substitute the ingredients in this cocktail:
- Coffee - if you're not a coffee drinker, you could substitute this with a strong hot tea, or a hot chocolate.
- Rumchata - you can substitute in Bailey's Irish Cream instead of the Rumchata. Or, if you have cream and rum, try stirring in ½ ounce of rum and 1 ounce of cream, plus a pinch of ground cinnamon.
- Whipped cream - you can just omit the whipped cream if you don't have it, or use frothed milk to make a cold foam layer on top instead.
- Cinnamon stick - you can omit this, or use a sprinkle of ground cinnamon on top of the whipped cream for additional cinnamon flavor.
Here are some variations on this recipe:
- Rumchata Iced Coffee - to make this an iced coffee, just fill your serving glass with ice before pouring in the brewed coffee. Or, use a mix of cold brew coffee concentrate and cold water.
- Rumchata Pumpkin Spice - for even more of a fall flavor, stir in ½ ounce of pumpkin spice syrup (like Pumpkin Reàl pumpkin puree syrup), or ¼ teaspoon of dry pumpkin spice mix to the drink.
- Add Kahlua - a splash of Kahlua coffee liqueur along with the coffee and Rumchata will kick up the flavor even more.
- Non-alcoholic version - you can purchase premade horchata, or make homemade horchata for a non-alcoholic and non-dairy version without the Rumchata. Try adding in ½ ounce of Ritual rum alternative or Lyre's Dark Cane non-alcoholic spirit for a rum flavor.
- Decaf - just use decaf coffee instead of regular. (That's what I did!)
You won't need many bar tools to make this drink! Just a jigger to measure the Rumchata, and a coffee maker or store bought coffee. And don't forget your favorite coffee mug!
If you're making iced coffee, you can shake it in a shaker if you want. But this drink is already pretty diluted, so you can skip the shake unless you want it to be a little frothy.
If you want to make homemade whipped cream, I definitely recommend getting a whipped cream dispenser. It's almost as easy as using a store bought can!
Start out by pouring your coffee into your serving glass or mug.
Then, measure out the Rumchata and add it to the coffee. Give it a quick stir to mix it all together.
Top it off with some whipped cream, and then add a whole cinnamon stick as a garnish. Serve and enjoy!
Hint: you can use the cinnamon stick to stir everything together if you don't want to dirty up a spoon. Less dishes for the win!
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes they do (and that's why I made this recipe!) The cinnamon and cream of the liqueur go perfectly with the bitter notes of coffee.
Rumchata is a cream liqueur, made with rum, cream and cinnamon and vanilla flavorings. Kahlua is a sweet liqueur too, but it's a coffee flavored liqueur with a rum base. There is no cream in Kahlua and it's stronger than Rumchata (20% alcohol by volume compared to 13.75%).
Bailey's Irish Cream is a whiskey based cream liqueur. It has some vanilla and chocolate flavors in it, which makes it pretty versatile and great with coffee. Rumchata is made with rum and cream, with primarily a cinnamon flavor. Both are delicious!
If you're making this drink hot, it's best to use freshly brewed coffee. But if you want to make it ahead of time, you can use cold brew concentrate. Just don't add any water to the concentrate -- mix the cold brew and liqueur together, and keep it in the fridge.
When you want to serve, you can either pour it over ice and then add water or milk for an iced coffee. Or, you can add it to a mug and add in some boiling water or hot milk to heat it up. Then just top it with the whipped cream and cinnamon stick, and serve!
- Coffee mug
- 4-6 ounces coffee
- 2 ounces Rumchata
- 1 ounce whipped cream (optional)
- 1 cinnamon stick (optional garnish)
- Add the coffee to your serving mug.
- Measure and pour in the Rumchata liqueur.
- Stir and then top with whipped cream.
- Add an optional cinnamon stick for garnish (or sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top), and serve.