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RumChata coffee is creamy, boozy and sweet! The pairing in this warm spiked beverage makes the perfect pick-me-up.

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One of the best uses for a bottle RumChata? RumChata Coffee! The cinnamon and vanilla notes blend perfectly into a cup of joe, with a dark Caribbean rum hint on the finish. This boozy coffee delivers! Use it anytime you’d make an Irish Coffee: it’s ideal as an afternoon pick-me-up or tasty dessert drink. Here’s how to make it!

What’s RumChata coffee?

RumChata coffee is hot coffee spiked with a shot of RumChata liqueur. RumChata is a cream liqueur similar to Baileys Irish Cream, but it has cinnamon and vanilla notes instead of chocolate. It makes one killer spiked coffee! Serve it as a brunch drink as an alternative to the mimosa or Bloody Mary or as a dessert drink to end a meal. The ingredients for RumChata Coffee are:

  • RumChata
  • Coffee, brewed using any method
  • Whipped cream, optional

All you’ve got to do? Stir that RumChata into coffee, and top with whipped cream. It makes a delicious sip on the Irish Coffee! You can also make an iced coffee variation if you prefer. Either way, it comes out with a very balanced flavor! It’s not too sweet, and the cinnamon and vanilla blend seamlessly into the bitter coffee.

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Coffee brewing methods

RumChata and coffee go hand in hand! It might go without saying, but this drink is only as good as the quality of its coffee! You’ve likely got your own favorite coffee making method, but here are our top choices for this drink:

  • Chemex (pour over): The perfect everyday drip coffee method! There’s a bit of equipment involved, but it’s worth it. Go to Pour Over Coffee.
  • French press: Another method that makes a great cup of joe! Here’s how to make French Press Coffee.
  • Moka pot: The Bialetti makes very strong coffee, like a combination of drip and espresso. Go to Moka Pot Coffee.
  • Aeropress: The Aeropress makes a great cup with a quick and easy method. Go to How to Use an Aeropress

More about RumChata

What’s RumChata, and why is it a nice addition to your liquor cabinet? We picked it up as part of making a Cinnamon Toast Crunch shot, and we were left with a bottle to use up. Hence, this RumChata Coffee! Here’s a bit more about this liqueur:

  • RumChata is a cream liqueur that’s made in Wisconsin with Caribbean rum, cream, sugar, cinnamon and vanilla. It’s similar to Baileys Irish Cream, but Baileys is made in Ireland with Irish whiskey. You can use it in similar ways to Baileys: like adding to coffee!
  • What is the “chata” part of RumChata? RumChata was introduced in 2009 and inspired by the Mexican and Spanish drink horchata, a creamy drink made with soaked rice or almonds and cinnamon that resembles milk. The difference? RumChata has actual dairy…and rum! So despite what is says on the bottle, it doesn’t actually contain horchata (read more here).
  • What does RumChata taste like? RumChata tastes sweet and creamy, with cinnamon and dark rum notes on the finish.
  • How much does RumChata cost? It costs about $20 for a large 750 ml bottle.
  • What else can you make with it? Try a Cinnamon Toast Crunch (brace yourself: it’s sweet!).
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Iced RumChata coffee variation

Love a good iced coffee instead? The hot coffee spin on the Irish coffee is the most traditional variation on boozy coffee. But if you love a sippable cold coffee drink, you can make a RumChata coffee too! Here’s what to do:

  • Make the coffee. All you need is ¾ using your favorite method.
  • Add RumChata. Stir in 3 tablespoons or 1 ½ ounces.
  • Serve with ice and a straw! Add a few handfuls, and it immediately chills the drink.

More boozy coffee drinks

Love booze in your coffee? There are so many spins on the Irish Coffee that each make a deliciously caffeinated cocktail. Here are a few more coffee cocktails to try:

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Rumchata Coffee

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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 0 minutes
  • Total Time: 5 minutes
  • Yield: 1 drink 1x


RumChata coffee is creamy, boozy and sweet! The pairing in this warm spiked beverage makes the perfect pick-me-up.




  1. Make the coffee, using your favorite method (Pourover, French Press, Aeropress, or Moka Pot).
  2. Make the homemade whipped cream, making sure to whip to soft peaks.
  3. Add the coffee to a glass or Irish coffee mug, then stir in the RumChata. Gently float the whipped cream on top using the back of a spoon.
  4. Iced coffee variation: Make the coffee, then add the coffee and RumChata to a glass filled with ice.
  • Category: Drink
  • Method: Stirred
  • Cuisine: Cocktails
  • Diet: Vegetarian

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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  1. Sonja Overhiser says:

    Let us know if you have any questions!