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Many people are still new to RumChata drink. It’s a relatively recent liqueur, just released in 2009. This creamy liqueur is inspired by horchata, a drink popular in Spain and Mexico. Horchata dates back all the way to ancient Egypt, where it was made of ground chufa nut with water, cinnamon, and sugar. In Mexico, horchata is made with rice instead of chufa nut. Horchata has the appearance of milk but actually does not contain dairy.

RumChata drink, however, is a combination of dairy cream, Caribbean rum and flavored with cinnamon, vanilla, and other flavors not to be disclosed. The rum is smooth and sweet with the creamy flavors.

When you think of drinking at tailgates, it’s usually beer or a simple soda cocktail. RumChata probably doesn’t come to mind. But it should! RumChata is super versatile. You’d be surprised by how many great drinks you can make with RumChata. Hot or cold, fruity or creamy, the possibilities are endless. Who knows, the guys may even skip a beer.

It may help to know that the homogenized cream does not need to be refrigerated, so it’s more portable than you might think!

RumChata Drink for Your Tailgate

Summer Tailgate Cocktails


Vanilla RumChata Milkshake

RumChata is the perfect liqueur for a boozy milkshake. Try this RumChata Milkshake from SavorySimple on a hot day. It’s both dessert and cocktail!

What you will need for your Vanilla RumChata Milkshake:

1 pint of vanilla ice cream

6 ounces RumChata liqueur or roughly 1/4 cup and 2 tbsp (you can always add more if you like)

1/4 – 1/2 cup milk

First, combine the ice cream, RumChata, and cream in a blender. Then you’ll divide the mixture into glasses and garnish with cinnamon if you’d like. This recipe makes two milkshakes.


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RumChata Strawberry Lemonade

This cocktail is quick and easy. It’s a perfect tailgate cocktail. Just combine RumChata with Strawberry Lemonade Vodka for a light, refreshing summer cocktail. This recipe comes straight from RumChata.

1 part RumChata

1 part Strawberry Lemonade Vodka

You could get creative and adventurous trying different flavored vodkas to mix with RumChata. The cream liqueur adds a smoothie-like quality to most any fruit flavored vodka.


RumChata Iced Coffee Cocktail

Need a little coffee to keep you going through the game? This iced coffee cocktail is a perfect pick-me-up on a hot day. And it’s simple to make and serve at your tailgate. Just combine this short ingredient list from My Suburban Kitchen for your RumChata Iced Coffee Cocktail.

4 oz lightly sweetened iced coffee

2 oz Rumchata

1 oz Fireball whiskey


The Fireball whiskey is optional, should you prefer a milder coffee cocktail. Or you might prefer regular whiskey with your coffee. You could also spice up your coffee with an almond or chocolate flavored liqueur that would pair well with RumChata.

This recipe also makes a nice drink with hot coffee in the colder months.


Red Summer

For gin lovers, this is the perfect RumChata drink for your tailgate. This cocktail recipe from Simple Cocktails is easy to make, easy to drink and great for all occasions.

In a cocktail shaker, combine the ingredients and shake with ice.

1 oz RumChata

2 oz gin

1/2 oz grenadine


Campfire Milk Punch

This recipe from Mantitlement serves this punch shaken with ice, for a light take on a RumChata milkshake. The milk punch makes a perfect dessert replacement, if you’d prefer to drink your calories. This RumChata drink is creamy, smooth and simple.

The ingredients and method are easy. For your milk punch you will need:

4 oz RumChata

1 ½ oz bourbon

2 ounces heavy cream

Ground nutmeg

Cinnamon sticks (for garnish)


Strawberry Chata Shake

This RumChata shake recipe from The Baking Chocolatess is creamy and fruity. This summery shake will surely be a hit at your next tailgate. You can also make this shake with a malt flavor, if you like.

What you’ll need for your Strawberry Chata Shake:

2 oz RumChata

1 oz Rum

3 scoops strawberry ice cream

1 cup frozen strawberries

1/3 cup milk (almond or regular)

1 Tbsp malted milk powder or regular milk powder (both are optional)

How to make your Strawberry Chata Shake:

In a blender, combine the strawberries, RumChata, rum, and milk together until the berries are crushed. Then, blend in the milk powder, if you’re choosing to use it. It will give you a thicker shake. This is also the time to add the malted milk powder for that quintessential malt flavor. Lastly, add the ice cream and blend until smooth. This recipe makes two shakes.



For When Tailgating Isn’t Just Summer Fun


Tailgating may best be enjoyed during the summer months. But let’s face it, some important games happen in the cold weather too. And RumChata makes a great addition to warm beverages. Add it to your simple hot coffee, tea or hot chocolate. Or use RumChata to make cozy cocktails too!


Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail

Everyone loves when it is pumpkin-spice season. This recipe from Food Fanatic gives you a warm pumpkin cocktail spiked with RumChata. What better for a fall tailgate?

What you will need for Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail:

2 cups RumChata

1 cup milk

1 cup Whipped Cream Vodka

1/3 cup granulated sugar

1 15 oz can pumpkin

1/4 tsp ground cloves

1/4 tsp ground ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

To prepare your Hot Pumpkin Pie Cocktail:

In a large saucepan, mix your RumChata, milk, vodka, and sugar over medium heat. Be sure to stir the mixture constantly.

Bring the mixture to a boil. Then lower the heat and add the pumpkin, cloves, ginger, and nutmeg. Return to a boil and continue stirring until the mixture is smooth. Remove from the heat and serve in mugs.

Optional: top off the mugs with whipped cream and cinnamon for the full pumpkin pie effect!


RumChata White Hot Chocolate

If you like white chocolate, you’ll love this RumChata White Hot Chocolate recipe from Delish D’Lites. There’s nothing better than a warm, sweet, creamy beverage for a cold tailgate.


1 ½ cups milk

¾ cup half and half

4 ½ oz white chocolate (chopped)

1 tsp vanilla extract

¼ cup RumChata

Whipped cream and/or mini marshmallows for garnish

Ground cinnamon


Heat the milk and half and half in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Heat the milk just so bubble begins to form at the edges, not to a full boil. Turn off the heat and add the chopped white chocolate to the milk mixture, stirring until the chocolate is melted. The add the vanilla extract and RumChata.

Serve in a mug with whipped cream or marshmallows if you choose and dust with cinnamon. This recipe makes two servings of White Hot Chocolate.


Naughty Cocoa

This take on spiked hot chocolate from The Fitnessista is decadent, but uncomplicated. This recipe will take your spiked cocoa to a new level! You and your friends will love this chocolatey RumChata drink!

For Naughty Cocoa, you will need:

16 oz almond milk

1 shot RumChata

3 tbsp drinking chocolate

2 tbsp cocoa powder

Pinch of sea salt

1 tsp vanilla extract

2 cinnamon sticks

Sweetener (optional)

This spiked cocoa is a standout. The almond milk brings a unique flavor and the touch of sea salt really enhances the depth of the cocoa. Be sure to try this RumChata cocoa at your next chilly tailgate.


RumChata Shots


Last but not least, this creamy liqueur is perfect for dessert shots everyone will love at a tailgate.

RumChata Jello Shot

Jello shots are always a fun and convenient tailgate “drink.” This jello shot recipe from Supercall with whipped cream vodka is true to form for RumChata, a simple, sweet cream flavored treat.

Ingredients for RumChata Jello Shots:

1 packet unflavored gelatin

1 cup boiling water

¼ cup whipped cream vodka

¼ cup RumChata

½ cup cold water

Whipped cream and cinnamon for garnish (optional)

To make these jello shots:

Dissolve the gelatin powder into the boiling water, using a bowl. Stir in the vodka, RumChata, and cold water. Then pour the mixture into shot cups until they are three-quarters full. Refrigerate the shot cups for two hours. Finally, garnish the jello shots with whipped cream and cinnamon if you so choose.

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RumChata Oreo Cookie Pudding Shots

These pudding shots are a different take on a dessert shot, but still a definite crowd pleaser. Gelatin isn’t for everyone, some may prefer these Oreo pudding shots instead. The recipe is simple to make and easy to enjoy.

Here’s what you’ll need for your pudding shots from Genius Kitchen:

4 ½ oz Oreo cookies and cream instant pudding mix

1 cup of milk

I cup of RumChata

8oz of Cool Whip

8 to 10 Oreo cookies

Directions to make your RumChata pudding shots:

First, you’ll combine the pudding mix, milk and RumChata. Stir the mixture for 5 minutes until it thickens. Then fold in the Cool Whip. Distribute the mixture into individual shot cups. Crumble Oreos over top of the cups and freeze the shots for 2 hours before serving.


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