The inspiration for RumChata is horchata, a traditional drink from Mexico and Spain that dates back to the time of the ancient Egyptians. In Egypt and Spain, the chufa nut was ground with water, cinnamon, and sugar to make a drink that has the look of milk. When the recipe came to Mexico, rice was used in place of the nut.
RumChata is a cream liqueur recipe that uses five times distilled Caribbean rum and real dairy cream with natural cinnamon, vanilla, sugar and other secret flavors. The drink has been manufactured in Pewaukee, Wisconsin since 2009. Its name is a portmanteau of rum and horchata, the beverage's two main ingredients.