The Holidays are here and for Haitians that means family, music, good food and of course good drinks. One of the drinks of choice is Kremas, which is a mixture of milk, coconut, sugar & other ingredients. We love this stuff, so there is definitely a party when Kremas is around.
While doing research on the topic of how to make Kremas I noticed some debates in the comments section on some kremas videos posted on youtube. People argued that you shouldn’t use Wray and Nephew’s Jamaican Rum for this recipe because it is a Haitian recipe and yada yada yada. According to my mother and many other Haitians, kremas was originally made with what Haitians call “Kleren.” To my understanding kleren is similar to Jamaican Overproof White Rum, that’s what my mom told me to buy when I made it. All because we use rum that is not Haitian doesn’t make it less Haitian (IJS).
In this recipe you will see me make my Kremas using Wray & Nephews Overproof White Rum, in the past I have made kremas using Rhum Barbancourt and I like both; but I must say I prefer the one with Rhum Barbancourt because I find the Wray & Nephews is a little too strong for me (I’m not a big drinker). Hope you make this drink, enjoy your holidays!
Watch me make Kremas here:
Kremas (Haitian Holiday Drink)Print Recipe
- 1 (12oz) can Evaporated milk
- 1 (14oz) can Sweetened condensed milk
- 1 (15oz) can Cream of coconut
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 teaspoon almond extract
- 2 anise stars
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon lime zest
- 3 teaspoons lime juice
- 1 cup white rum or Rhum Barbancourt
On a medium to high flame bring your anise, cinnamon and evaporated milk to a slight boil in a small saucepan; turn flame off immediately as it begins to boil. Discard anise and cinnamon, set aside and let cool.
In a blender add all the ingredients and blend until well combined.
Pour mixture into glass bottles and it is ready to drink.
Kremas thickens as days go by so by day 3 you should notice a visible change. This should keep for 2-3 weeks or longer, it doesn't need refrigeration but you can if you want to.