Vanilla RumChata Milkshake

If you like horchata, you will love this Vanilla RumChata Milkshake. It’s a fast, easy, 4-ingredient summer dessert that will cool you off on a hot day. I’m always in the mood for a boozy milkshake, and this one is a favorite. If you’re looking for RumChata recipes, you have come to the right place!

RumChata milkshake in a mason jar, topped with cinnamon.

It feels like only yesterday that I first shared my love of horchata, as well as a recipe for a homemade version with cardamom. If you have no idea what I’m talking about, horchata is a beverage made from white rice, and it has become one of my favorite special occasion drinks.

When Jeff and I visit his family in Tucson, I always make sure to order some at one of the local Mexican restaurants. I can sometimes find it for sale around DC at taco trucks.

I love adding a bit of rum to horchata, so when I first discovered RumChata, it was love at first sight. Was I actually looking at a bottled horchata liqueur? Why yes. Yes I was. I was smitten. It was love at first taste.

Overhead shot of a blender with RumChata drink recipe ingredients, including ice cream, cream, and cinnamon.

My next thought was “what deliciousness can I create around this drink?” I made this sweet RumChata milkshake the very next day.

What does RumChata taste like?

Rumchata has a unique flavor that’s similar to horchata, but my brother also accurately described it as tasting like milk that’s been steeped in Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal (with some rum mixed in, obviously). If you like sweet cream-based liqueurs like Bailey’s Irish Cream, you’ll love RumChata.

Recipe Notes

  • Ice cream brands and fat content DO make a difference. I prefer using Ben & Jerry’s or Haagen Dazs most of the time. They’re a bit more expensive for a reason. The milkshake will be totally decadent! Don’t use low fat ice cream in a milkshake. Treat yourself.
  • That being said, if you’re making milkshakes for a larger group, you can get away with a cheaper ice cream. Don’t make more than 2 servings at a time, since you want the milkshake to stay frozen.
  • Use whatever milk or cream you have. Whole versus skim won’t actually make much of a difference here when matched against ice cream and RumChata.
  • This will also work with other liqueurs! It’s a great base recipe for boozy milkshakes. Try swapping out the RumChata for Baileys, Kahlua, etc.

RumChata milkshake in a mason jar with a grey straw in the foreground. A bottle of RumChata in the background.

Looking For More RumChata Recipes?

Be sure to check out my Dark Chocolate Chunk RumChata Cookies! If you like RumChata, you might also like my Homemade Irish Cream Liqueur!

Rumchata Milkshake Recipe
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Vanilla RumChata Milkshake

5 from 6 votes
Who loves RumChata drinks? This Vanilla RumChata Milkshake is utter decadence! If you like horchata, you will LOVE this milkshake.
Course Dessert
Cuisine American, Mexican, Spanish
Keyword rumchata milkshake
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1 milkshake
Calories 418
Author Jennifer Farley


  • 1 pint vanilla ice cream
  • 6 ounces RumChata liqueur (1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons), or more to taste
  • 1/4 - 1/2 cup milk or heavy cream
  • Ground cinnamon for garnish


  • Puree the ice cream, RumChata and cream in a blender.
  • Divide into two serving glasses and top each liberally with cinnamon.


Calories: 418kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 46mg | Sodium: 105mg | Potassium: 285mg | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 10.7% | Calcium: 20.1%

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If you like horchata, you will LOVE this Vanilla RumChata Milkshake. It has a unique flavor that someone told me reminds them of Cinnamon Toast Crunch cereal. I'm always in the mood for a boozy milkshake, and this one is my favorite!

About Jennifer Farley

Jennifer graduated from the Culinary Arts program at L’Academie de Cuisine in Maryland, and has worked professionally as a line cook, pastry chef, and cooking instructor. Her cookbook, The Gourmet Kitchen, was published in 2016 by Simon & Schuster.

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