Imagine this: you bought a big bottle of RumChata so you can whip up delicious drinks for your dinner parties all year long.
All your guests are amazed at how delicious your cocktails are at your first party. But, of course, all of you ended up getting drunk and wasted, so you went straight to bed when all your guests finally left.
The following day, you were shocked to see the big bottle of RumChata sitting at your table.
Does this mean you have to throw it out? It’s cream-based so it might have already spoiled overnight, right? Can you still use it, or does RumChata go bad?
Quick answer: Yes, it can go bad. Thanks to its homogenization process, the good news is that it won’t go bad quickly.
With that said, for how long can you enjoy RumChata? Read this article if you want to find out!
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What is RumChata?
RumChata is a cream liqueur commonly used as a sweet addition to cocktails, frozen drinks, hot chocolates, and desserts.
This drink is known for its creamy cinnamon sweet flavor, which it owes to its four ingredients: rum, cinnamon, dairy cream, and vanilla.
All these ingredients undergo the homogenization process to produce a properly emulsified drink that you can enjoy.
Does RumChata Go Bad?
Yes, RumChata can go bad.
Since it’s a cream-based drink, most people think it will get spoiled fast, But here’s the good news: it has a long shelf life, thanks to its homogenization process. (*)
However, there’s a catch as well: there are plenty of opportunities for this drink to spoil if it’s not stored correctly.
How Long Does RumChata Last?
We’ll be frank with you. There’s no rule as to exactly how long you can enjoy RumChata at its finest.
The good news is there are a few RumChata shelf life guidelines that you can follow, and it will depend on where and how it’s stored With that said, here are some of the information you need to know:
1. In the Pantry (Room Temperature)
An unopened bottle of RumChata can last at room temperature for a few years.
On the other hand, you can enjoy an opened bottle of RumChata for up to 12 months. Beyond one year, the liqueur is still safe for consumption. After that, however, it will slowly start to lose its spicy flavors.
Pro Tip: Even your RumChata has already lost some of its unique flavors, you can still add it to your cocktails and drinks. Just replace the lost flavors by adding a dash of cinnamon or a splash of vanilla.
2. In the Refrigerator
Honestly, there’s no need for you to refrigerate RumChata because refrigerated RumChata will still have the same shelf life as one that’s stored in the pantry—years (unopened) and 12 months (opened).
3. In the Freezer
You can store RumChata in the freezer for an indefinite amount of time.
However, freezing may cause some consistency issues. We’ll explain more about this in the following few sections.
How to Know if Rumchata Is Bad?
As we’ve mentioned, improper storage of RumChata will cause it to spoil earlier than its expected shelf life. Because of this, it’s always important that you inspect the liqueur first before adding it to your drinks.
With that said, here are the signs that will tell you that your RumChata has gone bad already:
1. Changes in appearance
The first thing you need to do is closely inspect the appearance of your drink. If it has color changes or there’s mold growth at the surface of the liquid or around its bottle, it means that your RumChata has already gone bad.
Fun Fact: RumChata will curdle when mixed with citric acid and high acid mixers. The good news is RumChata curdling won’t affect its safety and flavor.
2. Sour Smell
If there are no changes in its appearance, the next best thing you should do is give the liqueur a good whiff.
RumChata smells like alcohol with a sweet (cinnamon and vanilla) scent. If it no longer smells that way, or worse, it already smells sour, and you should throw the bottle right away.
3. Off Taste
As mentioned, RumChata has a creamy and spicy flavor. If you’ve noticed changes in how it tastes or the liqueur tastes plain bad, discard the bottle immediately.
How to Store Rumchata the Right Way?
Take note that your RumChata will only get spoiled if you don’t store it properly. Because of this, it’s a must that you learn how it should be stored. Here are some storage tips to help you out:
1. Store it at room temperature.
Since it’s cream-based, you may think that RumChata requires refrigeration. Well, it doesn’t.
Considering that RumChata has undergone the homogenization process, there’s little to no chance of getting spoiled when stored at room temperature as long as it’s maintained between 50 to 75 degrees Fahrenheit.
With that said, the best place to store your RumChata is in a kitchen cabinet or pantry.
2. Keep it away from heat.
High temperatures will cause the RumChata to curdle While it’s still safe to drink, curdling will make the liqueur visually unappealing.
Additionally, heat exposure will trigger various chemical reactions, which may cause the drink to lose its flavor faster than expected. That’s why you should store it far from heat sources like the oven or stove.
3. If you choose to refrigerate RumChata, make sure to avoid temperature changes.
As we’ve said, refrigerating RumChata is unnecessary; however, you can refrigerate if you want to serve it cold.
But here’s the catch: you need to make sure that it’s stored at a consistent temperature because any temperature change can and will affect its taste and quality.
This is why you need to keep it refrigerated at all times once you’ve decided to store it in the refrigerator.
4. Keep the lid tightly sealed.
An opened bottle of Rumchata will lose flavor faster than an unopened bottle of RumChata because of air exposure.
To prevent flavor change as much as possible, the best thing you can do is keep the lid tightly sealed to avoid air from entering the opened bottle.
Other Related Questions About Your Favorite Liquor
1. Can you freeze RumChata?
Yes, you can freeze RumChata However, you should be aware that doing so may lead to consistency changes.
The only upside of freezing RumChata is that you can divide it into smaller portions, which can be beneficial if you plan to use it for different drinks or desserts.
With that said, the best way to portion RumChata is to place it in ice cube trays Here are the steps that you can take:
- Step 1 Pour RumChata into an ice cube tray.
- Step 2 Place the ice cube tray in the freezer for a few hours.
- Step 3 Once the RumChata cubes are frozen solid, transfer them into a freezer bag.
- Step 4 Seal the bag tightly and put it back in the freezer.
2. How to thaw RumChata?
When you’re ready to use the frozen RumChata, you can thaw it in two ways.
First, you can place it in the refrigerator overnight, But if you’re in a hurry, another option is to leave the frozen liqueur at room temperature for a few hours. Just make sure that it’s kept away from direct sunlight.
The Bottom Line
Does RumChata go bad? Yes, it can, But the good news is you can still use the RumChata that you’ve left sitting at your table because it can last long at room temperature—up to 12 months (when opened) and for many years (unopened).
Beyond the expected shelf life, it will lose its flavors but is still safe for consumption as long as it’s stored properly and doesn’t show any signs of spoilage.
Lucky for you, storing RumChata is a simple feat. All you need to do is keep it away from heat and light and seal the lid tightly.
So what are you waiting for? Inspect your RumChata now and if there’s no sign of spoilage, mix up a few cocktails and get the party started!