Cocktails & Spirits

RumChata: Rum and Rice Makes Everything Nice

Having spent five years in Mexico, I am an horchata lover. Fortunately, the recent influx of Mexican restaurants to Miami has made it easier to find this sweet refresher locally. Some versions are better than others, but that is a different entry....

Horchata is a sweet cold beverage made from rice, cinnamon, sugar, vanilla and milk or cream. It's a great thirst quencher that helps with the counter effects of eating too many tacos with salsa verde. How can they make this already perfect beverage better? Add rum of course! Thanks to the kindness of master blender Thomas Maas of Agave Loco Brands I was able to get my hands of some of his highly anticipated RumChata. Let the tasting begin!

RumChata combines real dairy cream horchata with five-times distilled premium Caribbean rum. This after-dinner drink (or any-time-of-day) is rich and creamy in flavor with hints of vanilla and a definite rum kick. Try it the "tipico" way and serve it straight up on ice. For those of us with a real sweet tooth the RumChata Mudslide recipe gets a thumbs up. After two of these I was sliding right into my bed.

RumChata Mudslide

1 part RumChata
1 part Kahlua
serve over ice

RumChata will be rolling out in Miami stores this summer.

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