Review: Cruzan Velvet Cinn Horchata and Rum Liqueur

Review: Cruzan Velvet Cinn Horchata and Rum Liqueur

Cruzan Velvet CinnWould you believe there is more than one horchata-plus-rum liqueur on the market? It’s true.

Velvet Cinn is Cruzan’s spin on a spiked version of the classic Mexican rice-meets-almond-meets-cinnamon beverage. The almondy nuttiness comes through clearly on the nose here, along with cinnamon notes. The body is very sweet and cinnamon-fueled, with an authentic-feeling sweet cream finish. The texture isn’t particularly viscous, but it does coat the mouth and leave a lingering impression for some time after you sip it.

What’s missing? The rum. I really don’t get any of it. But perhaps that’s ultimately not necessary. As a spirit based on horchata goes, Velvet Cinn comes across as authentic and engaging, and fans of this sweet treat will probably swoon over Cruzan’s lightly alcoholic rendition. If you need more of a kick, I suppose you can always just add more rum.

Produced in Deerfield, Illinois. Naturally and artificially flavored. 30 proof.

B+ / $18 / 

Cruzan Velvet Cinn Horchata and Rum Liqueur




Christopher Null is the founder and editor in chief of Drinkhacker. A veteran writer and journalist, he also operates Null Media, a bespoke content creation company.


  1. CRA on June 11, 2014 at 11:44 pm

    I tasted this a few months ago & I’ll pick this over the other Horchata Rum Creams out there. It’s not overly sweet like the others and it doesn’t get overpowered by the rum. With that said… I tasted the Spices ( The Hints of Cinnamon, Nutmeg & Vanilla (I think lol)) it was also more Creamy & Smooth than the others I’ve tried. So there is a Noticeable Taste difference between Brands, I found Cruzan Rum Horchata more Mixable in Drinks & more Savory in other Applications.

  2. Duane on November 17, 2015 at 2:46 pm

    Velvet Cinn is Amazing!!! It’s the best horchata you will drink.

  3. Jim Harper on January 14, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I like it the best of the three horchata rum mixers I’ve had.

    1.5oz velvet cinn, 1oz cake vodka, .5 – 1oz coffee liquor or Kahlua. Delicious!

  4. Carol Kirk on March 20, 2016 at 1:15 pm

    Tried this in my morning coffee while on vacation…the perfect way to start the day. Smooth, sweet, and richly flavored.

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