Copycat Rumchata is a cream-based liqueur made with heavy cream, milk, dark rum, simple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. It’s delicious over ice or in your favorite cocktail like a Naughty White Russian.

Pitcher of Homemade Rum Chata with froth neat the top of the glass pitcher on a white counter.
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Copycat Rum Chata

If you are looking for a creamy and tasty versatile liqueur, this is the recipe you need to have on hand. It’s super simple to make, and there are so many ways to enjoy it! RumChata® is made in Wisconsin and is described as a Caribbean rum that blends with Mexican spices and Wisconsin dairy cream. It’s a little bit of cinnamon spice in every sip. Add some to your Rumchata Eggnog for a creamy holiday drink.


Cream: Since this is a cream-based liqueur, look for heavy cream (also known as heavy whipping cream).

Milk: I prefer whole milk for added creaminess to the beverage. You could use the milk you have on hand.

Simple Syrup: If you don’t have any on hand, it’s super easy to make your own simple syrup.

Spices: With spice as a descriptor of this drink, I added both cinnamon and nutmeg.

Rum: Generally, dark rum is used in RumChata®. If you use light rum, the flavor will differ. If you want this with less alcohol, start with about half of the amount of rum. You can always add more to taste.

Steps of adding milk, cream, simple syrup, rum, and spices to a glass pitcher to make homemade rumchata.

What is the Difference Between Rum Chata and Baileys Irish Cream?

Although both are cream-based liqueurs, there is a difference between RumChata® and Baileys Irish cream when it comes to flavor. Rumchata has rum and cinnamon flavor while Baileys Irish cream has a chocolate flavor with a base of whiskey. However, the two are often used interchangeably. A closer variety of Bailey’s is their cinnamon and vanilla variety if you want a closer match in taste.

Pouring prepared homemade rumchata to a mug.

How to Serve Rum Chata

As I stated above, there are many ways to enjoy this liqueur. Besides over ice, here are some of my favorite ways:

Canning jar filled with homemade RumChata.

How to Store Copycat Rum Chata

Unlike storebought RumChata®, this copycat Rum Chata does need to be stored in the refrigerator. We stored it for up to a week, and it was still okay, but the cream did separate from the mixture a bit. So, I would recommend using it within a few days. If you need it to last a little longer, add the rum right before using it.

5 from 7 votes

Copycat Rum Chata

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Copycat RumChata® is a cream-based liqueur made with heavy cream, milk, dark rum, simple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg.


  • 2 cups (476 g) heavy cream
  • 1 cup (245 g) whole milk
  • 1 cup (336 g) simple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 cup (222 g) dark rum


  • In a large pitcher, add the heavy cream, milk, simple syrup, cinnamon, nutmeg, and rum. Stir until combined. (I used a milk frother to get the spices really evenly distributed, you can also use a blender.)
  • Serve over ice, or in your favorite cocktail.
  • Store in a sealed container in the refrigerator.


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  1. Wow is this good!!!! Never had anything like this so I made half the recipe just in case I didn’t like it. I love this! I didn’t use as much rum as it called for but for me it was perfect. I will definitely make this again….but I will make a double batch next time!

  2. How long should this last in the fridge? I’m having a hard time converting the recipe to make a smaller batch.

  3. Wanna do this with a nice Overproof Rum. Aussie Bundaberg OP at 57.7%, or if can get it, there is Ord River Rum at up to 75%..

  4. Used to be able to buy it from the shop until they discontinued to stock,but good thing they reduced the bottles to £5 so bought loads

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