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November 8, 2021

Rumchata Hot Chocolate | 4 Ingredients

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A red coffee mug filled with Rumchata hot chocolate topped with chocolate chips, chocolate and caramel sauce.

EASY RUMCHATA HOT CHOCOLATE RECIPE

Rumchata hot chocolate is the perfect winter cocktail you and your guests will rave about! This quick and easy homemade hot chocolate recipe is everything you love about winter in a warm glass.

With Thanksgiving and Christmas just a few weeks away, we are ushering in the new season with one of our all-time favorite winter cocktails.

This Christmas cocktail recipe is so easy to pull together. Made with a few shots of Rumchata, hot cocoa, and topped with all your favorite fixins’ including whipped cream, warm chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, toffee bits, and more!

It’s basically candy in a coffee mug. And, the absolute best hot cocoa recipe.

What we love about Rumchata cocoa is hot easy and versatile winter drink is. With just a few simple ingredients, this boozy hot chocolate recipe comes together in under a few quick minutes. Bonus, feel free to double the recipe for all your holiday celebrations.

Below, we are also sharing a number of variations you can choose from to suit your taste buds.

In this winter cocktail recipe, we are covering the following topics. Feel free to use the links below to navigate the post.

RUMCHATA HOT CHOCOLATE NECESSITIES

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A red coffee mug filled with rumchata hot chocolate topped with marshmallows and caramel sauce

WHAT IS RUMCHATA?

Rumchata is a cream liqueur that uses five times distilled Caribbean rum and real dairy cream with natural cinnamon, sugar, vanilla, and other secret flavors.

A question we get asked frequently is ‘does Rumchata need to be refrigerated’? Once opened, Rumchata can remain at room temperature and will keep its great taste.

A Lily Love Affair shares an easy recipe for rumchata hot chcololate topped with chocolate sauce

ARE THERE ANY SUBSTITUTIONS FOR RUMCHATA?

Absolutely! If Rumchata is not your alcohol of choice in this delicious cocktail recipe, there are a number of substitutions. Here are just a few of our favorites:

A red coffee mug filled wtih rumchata hot chocolate topped with marshmalloed and chocolate sauce

ALTERNATIVE WAYS TO MAKE RUMCHATA HOT CHOCOLATE

While we made this delicious cocktail recipe with semi-sweet chocolate chips and cocoa, there are a number of ways you can vary this rum cocktail. Here are just a few of the ingredients we like to add or replace in this easy adult drink recipe.

  • White chocolate chips or cocoaHow does Rumchata white hot chocolate sound? We love the way the milk chocolate chips and cocoa bring this recipe together, but others love replacing with white chocolate or cocoa, too.  
  • Irish cream or coffee liqueur If you don’t like the taste of rum, feel free to replace with a Irish cream or coffee liqueur.  Be sure to taste before serving and add any additional flavors to enhance the recipe. 
  • Nutella hot chocolate – Nutella hot chocolate is so delicious!  If you prefer, add 1/3 cup of Nutella to your pot.   

MY FAVORITE HOT CHOCOLATE TOPPINGS:

There are so many delicious hot chocolate toppings that make this the best hot chocolate recipe.  Here are just a few of our favorites:

CAN I FREEZE LEFTOVER HOT CHOCOLATE?

Yes, you absolutely can! I love to add my leftover hot chocolate to ice cube trays to add to coffee, smoothies, and more!

CAN I MAKE HOT CHOCOLATE IN MY SLOW COOKER?

Yes, you can! To make homemade hot chocolate in your slow cooker, add all of the ingredients, with the exception of the toppings to your slow cooker. Cook on low for 2 hours stirring occasionally.

If you are serving your hot chocolate with Rumchata for a large group (think holiday party, tailgate, office potluck), making this winter cocktail recipe in the slow cooker is a great idea! Feel free to either double or triple the recipe, if needed.

A Lily Love Affair shares an easy recipe for rumchata hot chcololate topped with chocolate sauce

HOW TO MAKE RUMCHATA HOT CHOCOLATE

Making this homemade hot chocolate recipe is quick and easy and can be made in either your slow cooker, your Instant Pot, in an individual coffee mug, or in a larger pitcher if you’re serving guests.

This delicious cocktail recipe is perfect for fall and winter if you’re entertaining guests for Halloween, Thanksgiving, football game days, Christmas and so much more!

Your guests are almost guaranteed to love this boozy homemade hot chocolate cocktail!

First and foremost, this easy hot chocolate recipe can be made with either cocoa, melted milk or white chocolate chips, or a combination of the two.

We included instructions for both below, but for this recipe, we used melted chocolate chips and 1/4 cup of cocoa powder.

Start by warming 4 cups milk in a pot on the stovetop over medium heat. Once the milk has warmed, add semi-sweet chocolate chips and stir regularly until melted and well combined. Feel free to add more chocolate, if desired.

If you would like your homemade hot chocolate a tab bit thicker, feel free to add 1/2 cup half and half, sweetened condensed milk, or whole milk.

Once the chocolate has melted, and combined well with the milk, add Rumchata. Continue to stir until well combined then remove from heat.

Using a ladle, scoop the hot chocolate into a mug and add all of your favorite toppings.

If you are interested in making this delicious cocktail recipe a mocktail, simply omit the Rumchata. It makes for a delicious treat for the kids, too!

Also, I recommend giving the rum hot chocolate a taste before serving. Want it stronger? Feel free to add a bit more Rumchata. Prefer your homemade hot chocolate even more sweet? Add some sugar. Regardless, this winter cocktail will taste fantastic!

A Lily Love Affair shares an easy recipe for rumchata hot chcololate topped with chocolate sauce

INGREDIENTS FOR RUMCHATA HOT CHOCOLATE:

  • 4 cups milk (you can also use condensed milk or whole milk, if preferred) 
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips (you can also use white chocolate or 1/4 cup cocoa powder, if preferred) 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup Rumchata (feel free to add more!)
  • 1.4 cup granulated sugar (optional.  it still tastes great, in my opinion, without) 
  • Toppings: whipped cream, marshmallows, ground cinnamon, toffee bits, peppermint bits, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce and more!

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Rumchata Hot Chocolate

5 from 2 votes
SERVES/MAKES: 4 servings
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups milk (you can also use condensed milk or whole milk, if preferred)
  • 1 cup milk chocolate chips (you can also use white chocolate or 1/4 cup cocoa powder, if preferred) 
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract 
  • 1/2 cup Rumchata (feel free to add more!)
  • 1.4 cup granulated sugar (optional.  it still tastes great, in my opinion, without) 
  • Toppings: whipped cream, marshmallows, ground cinnamon, toffee bits, peppermint bits, caramel sauce, chocolate sauce and more!

Instructions:

STOVE TOP

  • In a large saucepan on medium, heat milk, chocolate chips and cocoa. Stir well. Once milk has warmed, remove from stove and add in vanilla and rumchata. Served with all your favorite toppings.

SLOW COOKER

  • Add all ingredients to your slow cooker with the exception of toppings. Whisk together until well combined. Cook on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally, until chocolate chips are melted. Using a ladle, pour into coffee mugs. Served with all your favorite toppings.

Tips / Notes:

** See details above regarding suggested modifications, toppings and more. 

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