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Phil 2011/2/14

Sorry this took so long to post, I was having technical difficulties..  -Phil

A Very Merry Rum Chata Christmas:

A Rum Chata Critique with the Thuenings

By Jennifer Thuening



          This holiday season I brought Rum Chata to share and sample after Christmas dinner.  It was a solid crowd pleaser.  Aunts, uncles, siblings, cousins, parents, and grandparents alike enjoyed this horchata and rum liqueur. 

The coffee, Rum Chata, Kahlua mixed drink with whipped cream on top was the most popular.  What better way to enjoy your after holiday dinner coffee?  It was hot, rich, strong cinnamon, and the unmistakable flavor of horchata.  Probably the best wintery drink I’ve ever had!  And it’s never bad to get a little reminder of the Mexican sunshine in the dead of Minnesota winter! My aunt Judy and her mother-in-law were very impressed by this drink as they didn’t much care for the Rum Chata by itself. 

Rum Chata mudslide was my dad’s favorite and it’s very easy to make: equal parts Rum Chata and Kahlua on the rocks.  I liked it (very chocolaty, surprisingly) but I think I’d garnish it with a couple of hazelnuts next time.  Or, maybe just add a dash of Frangelico!

If you love, love, LOVE horchata like I do (and actually know what it is already) you will really enjoy this liqueur. I liked it best just straight on the rocks.  It reminded me of the horchata I used to get from my friend Jose’s (who would never tell me the recipe!) family’s restaurant except with an alcohol bite.  I can’t say I could tell it was rum that was added, but Rum Chata is not the weakest liqueur in the world which, I think, is a sign of quality in any alcoholic beverage of this kind. The flavor of warm, cinnamony “rice water” really shone through.

            I will buy Rum Chata again…definitely.  This liqueur needs to make an appearance at the next girl’s night cocktail party and maybe the next big family gathering.  My relatives and I enjoyed trying something new this holiday season as we relaxed and conversed after a big dinner.  It’s the perfect drink to share with friends and family.