You’ll find a version of this creamy drink throughout the islands but with subtle differences, as you move your way across the Caribbean (and Central America). Rich in milk, a layer of sweetness, some spice and how could one not include rum. Crémas (Kremas or Cremasse) is one of those drinks every Haitian (grown) expects to be served during the holiday season. And while you’ll find subtle differences in everyone’s recipe, this one is as simple to prepare while maintaining the taste and flavors of the traditional version.
3 cups coconut milk
1 cup milk (optional)
1-2 cans sweetened condensed milk
1 lemon or lime (zest + juice)
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1-2 cups rum (dark preferably)
2 tablespoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon almond extract
Basically all you have to do is place all the ingredients into a blender and blend until fully incorporated. Or into a large bowl and whisk until combined.
Traditionally a dark (strong) rum is used, like Rhum Barbancourt… but I opted for a white rum which I had on hand. I also used the zest of a lemon (and juice of 1/2 of it), but as mentioned in the demo video, I would much prefer to use a lime.
After it’s all combined in the blender, you can serve the Crémas on ice or keep it in a sealed bottle in your fridge for at least a month. Be sure to give it a good shake before serving again.
Do keep in mind that you can control how much rum is used and be mindful of that so you don’t serve it to the little ones. I used 1 tin of the sweetened condensed milk in my version, but that’s only because I’m trying to cut back on the amount of sugar I consume. I’d recommend between 1 1/2 and 2 cans. I do hope you give this awesome drink a try during the holiday season and bring part of Haiti into your home.