Macerating time: 2 hours
Infusing time: 20 minutes
Waiting time: Better the next day
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.
- Combine the coconut milk and rum. Macerate for 2 hours.
- 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.
- Remove the pan from the heat and add the sugar. Stir until the sugar dissolves in the hot liquid.
- Add the rum and the coconut milk (step 1) and vanilla. Gently whisk in the condensed milk.
- Let sit for 1 to 2 hours to allow the flavors to blend. Ideally, let rest until the next day.
- 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.
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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