August 8, 2011 — Rum Chata
Despite it being a miserably hot summer (and one of the driest on record out in my area), I’m bucking the trend of saving cream liqueurs for fall and winter. The mark of a high-quality mixologist is the ability to take seemingly disparate elements and create a cocktail that’s good for all times of the year. Plus, I’m just kind of a glutton for punishment. Standard mixology wisdom has never really been what people come to Cocktails, 365 for anyway. It’s the daring, the subversive. The downright stupid, sometimes.
This week’s featured best buy booze is none other than RumChata — a rum-based cream liqueur that has been tempting me for the past several years. However, I never had any real reason to pick it up. Nothing every really told me to pick it up. It never shouted “THIS is the liqueur you should be drinking and stocking your bar with.” Now, I’m kind of kicking myself that it hasn’t been in our rotation here at Cocktails, 365 for longer. Proof positive that a plain and simple bottle doesn’t mean plain and simple booze.
When you get down to the nuts and bolts of it, Rum Chata is pretty much exactly what it sounds like — it’s a rum-based liqueur. With horchata in it.
Now, what exact is horchata? According to the Rum Chata Site:
The only way to get ‘Real Horchata’ is to make it from scratch from an original recipe. In the western hemisphere, horchata is made from rice, sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and either water or dairy. The only way to make ‘Real Horchata’ is to make it from these ingredients, not horchata flavor. If it says horchata flavor or it does not include not rice, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla it’s not ‘Real Horchata’.
RumChata is rum cream made as an authentic replica of the best Horchata you have ever tasted. It is made from scratch using real ingredients – rice, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. This is Real Horchata, not an imitation flavored horchata beverage.
Strong cinnamon flavor. First thought is of Snickerdoodle cookies.
Strong cinnamon flavor up front. No hint of rum. Much more cream liqueur than rum liqueur.
On the Rocks:
Very, very smooth. Almost like boozy cinnamon toast crunch milk.
We’re looking forward to this week.