Kremas, Haitian rum liqueur Recipe
Kremas, Haitian rum liqueur
Flavors of Haiti
Total time: more than 2 hours

Macerating time: 2 hours
Infusing time: 20 minutes
Waiting time: Better the next day

Difficulty: Easy
Chef's Note


This emblematic drink, called "crémasse" in French or "kremas" in Creole, is a cousin of American eggnog: a sweet, thick, creamy liqueur. In Haiti, anything is an excuse for making liters of kremas, whether it's a family reunion, a special event or the holiday season. Known for centuries, this recipe, handed down from generation to generation, has many variations, each with subtle adaptations: dark rum, white rum, sometimes 40° alcohol, the proportion of coconut milk and spice... but the flavor stays essentially the same: it's aways just as delicious and slightly traiterous. 

For 4 bottles of liqueur (4 x 750 ml)

- 500 ml Haitian rum such as Barbancourt
- 400 g (500 ml) white, brown or cane sugar
- 2 - 450 ml cans of sweetened condensed milk
- 3 - 370 ml cans of evaporated milk
- 1 - 400 to 450 ml can of coconut milk*
- 1/4 tsp. vanilla
- 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp. grated nutmeg
- Zest of 1 lime
  1.  Combine the coconut milk and rum. Macerate for 2 hours.
  2. In a saucepan, combine the evaporated milk, cinnamon, nutmeg and lime zest. Let infuse over low heat for 20 minutes; do not allow the mixture to boil.
  3. Remove the pan from the heat and add the sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves in the hot liquid.
  4. Add the rum and the coconut milk (step 1) and vanilla. Gently whisk in the condensed milk.
  5. Let sit for 1 to 2 hours to allow the flavors to blend. Ideally, let rest until the next day.
  6. Strain and serve over ice with a little grated nutmeg. 

Kremas can be stored in glass bottles in a cool dark place for a day or two. 

Finally available commercially
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It's rare to find this liqueur if you arrive unexpectedly at a Haitian family's home. Kremas is made on the spur of the moment and doesn't keep long. However, in our increasingly rushed world, Stevens Charles, a young Quebec entrepreneur of Haitian background, challenged himself to create a drink that evokes his roots and which can be kept on hand for when the mood hits. LS Cream Liqueur is a rich blend of pure alcohol, fresh cream and exotic spices with a distinctive flavor that comes from 100% natural ingredients.

From Montreal to Port-au-Prince, through Miami and New York, LS Cream Liqueur has made its mark. It won a gold medal at the Wine & Spirits Wholesalers of America competition and a silver medal at San Francisco's World Spirit competition. Look for this elegant black bottle and bring the flavor of the Caribbean to your house. Sip it straight or in a cocktail. Use it to flavor your cupcake icing and dream of a tropical isle.

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