RumChata Hot Chocolate

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A delicious RumChata hot chocolate recipe featuring that smooth and creamy spiced liqueur combined with our homemade hot cocoa.

A glass mug filled with the hot cocoa.

How can you make hot cocoa even better? By adding a spiced liqueur, of course. For today, we’re sharing Kim’s RumChata hot cocoa. It’s a boozy take on our own cocoa recipe.

We used a modified version of our homemade hot chocolate and flavored it with everyone’s favorite spiced rum. Rum mixed drinks are one of our specialities, so you know this Winter drink will be amazing!

How to make RumChata hot chocolate?

First, place a saucepan over medium heat. Add in the sugar, water, and cocoa powder.

Cocoa powder, sugar, and water, in a saucepan.

Next, stir the mixture as it heats to a simmer. Once the sugar has dissolved, it’s time to add the remaining ingredients.

Then, reduce the heat and stir in the milk and RumChata. When the hot cocoa starts to steam, turn off the heat.

The cocoa powder are other ingredients heating in the pan.

Last, pour the drinks into 2 heat-safe mugs (10 ounces each), top with marshmallows and serve.

That’s it, your RumChata hot chocolate is done! Kim and I hope you enjoy the drink(s) responsibly and wish you all the best 🙂

Milk and rumchata stirred into the cocoa mixture.

Recipe Tips & FAQ’s:

  • Since you’re working with milk, try not to let the cocoa come to a boil. Otherwise, it could separate.
  • To make a virgin version of the drink, omit the RumChata, add 3 ounces of heavy cream, and spice the hot chocolate with cinnamon, vanilla extract, and a pinch of nutmeg.
  • For even more chocolate-y flavor, consider drizzling the top of the cocoa with chocolate syrup.
An aerial view of the finished hot cocoa in a mug.

Should RumChata be refrigerated?

According to the product website, RumChata does not have to be refrigerated.

Can you add RumChata in hot coffee?

Absolutely, with that being said, I would use room temperature RumChata to avoid chilling my coffee.

An aerial view of the rumchata hot chocolate with marshmallows.

RumChata Hot Chocolate

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Author: Kimberly
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 7 minutes
Total Time: 12 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings


  • ¼ cup granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup water
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 4 ounces RumChata
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract


  • In a small saucepan, combine the sugar, water, and cocoa powder over medium-high. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until the sugar and cocoa are well combined and the sugar is dissolved.
    ¼ cup granulated sugar
    ¼ cup water
    2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • Add the milk, RumChata, and vanilla. Heat until warm but not boiling. 
    1 ½ cups whole milk
    4 ounces RumChata
    ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Serve hot with your favorite toppings.


*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 10 ounces of RumChata hot cocoa. Furthermore, the calorie count does NOT include the marshmallows seen in the photos.
*Actual calories will vary. For more information and tips, please refer to the post.


Serving: 10ounces | Calories: 406kcal | Carbohydrates: 51g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 22mg | Sodium: 72mg | Potassium: 352mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 45g | Vitamin A: 296IU | Calcium: 233mg | Iron: 1mg
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