RumChata is a bottled liqueur made of rum, cream, cinnamon and vanilla. Its main ingredients are a blend of premium distilled Caribbean rum and dairy cream from Wisconsin. RumChata is a light and smooth drink that can be served on the rocks or mixed with hard liquor or other beverages, like coffee.
You might be wondering, does RumChata go bad? If there is dairy, shouldn’t it go bad after a while? The short answer is yes, however not in the way one might expect. RumChata will last 6 months to a year after opening the bottle, but it can last several years on the shelf if it remains unopened.
RumChata is one of the best-known rum creams in the world and is available at many beverage distributors. Known as the 5th best-selling liqueur in the United States, the beverage is produced by Agave Loco, LLC and has an alcohol by volume (ABV) of 12.5% (25 proof).
If you want to learn more about RumChata’s shelf life, read on!
Does RumChata Need to be Refrigerated?
Despite its cream content, RumChata does not need to be refrigerated once you’ve cracked the bottle. The cream within has been homogenized, and the rum preserves it excellently. An unopened bottle of RumChata can last on the shelf for several years.
How Long Does an Open Bottle Last?
Once you pull your RumChata off the shelf and pop the top, it is good for approximately 6 months to a year. The cream does not curdle or sour, rather, the flavor simply declines. While it might still be drinkable, there will be a noticeable difference between your year-old RumChata and that brand-new bottle your friend brought over.
RumChata can curdle when mixed, however, which makes people believe it has gone bad. If you mix this alcohol with anything acidic, the cream will instantly curdle. The flavor will still be present, however, the presentation will be, shall we say, a little off.
This might not sit well with alcohol purists.
How Do You Store RumChata?
RumChata should be stored away at room temperature in a dark and cool cabinet or cupboard. If your bottle is exposed to extreme heat or bright sunlight, you might have other flavor issues on your hands, but a liquor cabinet will do. And like we said before, it doesn’t need to be refrigerated unless you just like to drink it cold, that could be your thing.
How to Check if My RumChata is Bad?
Here are a few pointers to find out if your RumChata is bad. It likely isn’t, but we know you know (and maybe you are) one of those people who inspects everything, so here goes.
Inspect the inside of the bottle for furry growths. It’s unlikely, but hey, always good to double-check.
Take a whiff. Curdled dairy is instantly recognizable by the old schnoz, not to mention your handy gag reflex will kick in.
It doesn’t taste right. If you find yourself spitting your RumChata into the sink because it tastes foul, don’t drink it. That’s just Spoiled Food 101.
Popular RumChata Mixes
Here’s a quick list of RumChata mix favorites:
- Coffee RumChata
- Berry Blast RumChata
- Chata Hot Chocolate
- Cinnamon Toast Crunch (mixed with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Fire)
- RumChata by Elvis (mixed with Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Honey)
- RumChata Jelly Doughnut
- Salted Caramel Martini (mixed with caramel vodka)
- Tennessee Tux (mixed with Tennessee Honey)
- RumChata White Russian (mixed with vodka and Kahlúa)
- White Cuban (mixed with Kahlúa)
Along with the original RumChata, Agave Loco also offers RumChata Limón, RumChata Peppermint Bark and RumChata Cold Brew.
In short, RumChata rarely goes bad if you keep it in a cool, dark place, and it does not need to be put in the fridge. Drink up!