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Copycat Rum Chata

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Homemade rumchata recipe.

How to make Copycat RumChata. This recipe is an easy way to whip up a sweet homemade treat without running to the store!

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Initially when I wrote this post, I tweaked a recipe for Copycat Rum Chata from The Semi Sweet Sisters. It was good, but thinner than regular Rum Chata. For the past couple of years, I’ve been meaning to do some more adjustments to the recipe to have it be closer to the original product and I think I might have managed it this time.

Before I get to the recipe, I want to note a few things.

First, unlike Rum Chata, this really does need to be refrigerated and I’m not 100% how long it will last. I assume as long as the heavy cream is good for. So unless you’re throwing a huge party, I would recommend not doubling the recipe or anything crazy. I found that the mix gets a bit lumpy after a few days (not spoiled, just lumpy).

Second, use a small pitcher. A big one will give you the illusion that you didn’t make very much.

Third, you can use ice in it, but I’d recommend using “fake” ice cubes like these acrylic ones so they keep your drink cold without diluting your drink.

At the bottom, I’ll link you to some of the drink recipes I’ve made using Rum Chata. They’re delicious. But Rum Chata is also tasty alone. Please drink responsibly.

What is Rumchata?

RumChata is a creamy liqueur that you can buy at your local liquor store. The label says it’s a “horchata con ron” which translates to ‘horchata with rum.” Horchata is a milky drink made from ground almonds, tiger nuts, or rice that is commonly seen in Spain or Latin American countries.

The store bought liqueur is manufactured in Wisconsin, USA, however, and I can’t find any information on it containing nuts. But apparently there are ‘secret ingredients’ so… you know. Be careful if you have a nut allergy. And unlike traditional horchata, RumChata has dairy. 

Unlike the copycat version, the store bought liqueur can be stored without refrigeration. 

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Ingredients for Copy Cat RumChata  

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  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup simple syrup ( ½ cup sugar, ½ cup water)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoon homemade vanilla extract 
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 cups of Bacardi Rum (add more or less to taste): 2 cups makes this strong

Recipe for Copycat RumChata

Make a simple syrup by combining the sugar and water in a small pan on the stove on medium heat. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from burner and let cool.

DIY copycat rum chata recipe.
Recipe for Copy Cat Rum Chata

Once the simple syrup has cooled, mix all of your ingredients together in a pitcher. Serve with ice if desired.

Have extra rum leftover? Don’t let it go to waste. Use it for this From Scratch Rum Cake!

A big thanks to Jody McKinley Photography for taking these photos.  If you live in the Maryland area, Jody takes wonderful newborn and family photos.

Yield: 4 Servings

Copycat Rum Chata Recipe

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

Make this rich and creamy copycat rum chata recipe perfect for an after dinner drink.


  • 3 cups heavy cream
  • 1 cup simple syrup - 1/2 c sugar + 1/2 c water
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • 2 cups of Bacardi Rum 


    1. Make the simple syrup by combining sugar and water in a small pan on medium heat.
    2. Once the sugar has dissolved, remove from burner and let cool.
    3. Mix all of the remaining ingredients together in a pitcher with the simple syrup.
    4. Serve with ice if desired.

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Other Recipes to Make with Rum Chata
If you didn’t see my other Rum Chata recipe posts, you should definitely go check them out.

Easy Rum Chata recipes from

This recipe was based of the recipe from The Semi Sweet Sisters: Copycat Rum Chata. They have what is likely a much lower calorie option, but it’s a bit thinner.

Web Story: How to Make Copycat Rum Chata for a Party

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Tuesday 4th of July 2023

I thought RumChata was coconut flavored. Where is the coconut?


Tuesday 27th of December 2022

This is the first recipe I have followed to make Rum Chata. I halved it. It's really good. Highly recommend.


Sunday 20th of November 2022

Do we use cinnamon in powder form?

Danielle Pientka

Saturday 10th of December 2022



Saturday 24th of September 2022

I can tell by looking at this recipe that it isn't going to taste like Rumchata. Not in a copycat sense at least. It's probably going to taste like a sugary creamy cinnamony mixer with okay-ish rum but that's not what Rumchata is. Rumchata has a very distinct flavor even compared to other rum-based cream liquors like Bumbu, etc. because of the rice base which is missing from this recipe. Also, the Bacardi isn't going to be the right or best rum to use. It would probably be better if you just throw all the ingredients on the stovetop and reduce down until you have rum flavored Dulce de Leche... Maybe buy a bottle of Rumchata while you wait.


Monday 12th of September 2022

Delicious I have made this several times most recently I made it with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon extract and I have to say it was a little too much cinnamon next time I’ll go with 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon extract but overall delicious.


Wednesday 5th of October 2022

@Karen, I tried it with a half a teaspoon of cinnamon extract and it is delicious I did try it the first time with a teaspoon myself and it was a little strong cinnamon flavor but I drink it anyway 😀 but 1/2 teaspoons is perfect thank you

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