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Haitian Cremas, or Kremas

Haitian cremas

Haitian Cremas is a delicious and delicate drink made with coconut milk and the star of the show, Rum Barbancourt. It has been the rum of choice for the most classic drink in Haitian culture. Savoring the taste of this sweet, creamy, and rich drink is a memorable experience for those who enjoy it.

Put your hands up for Haitian Cremas, the delicious and delicate drink made with coconut milk, condensed milk, and the star of the show, Rum Barbancourt.

It’s time to get your hands on something new. Whether you’re getting ready to throw a party or want to enjoy one at home, this is the perfect drink! It’s sweet, but not too sweet—and it combines the smoothness of coconut milk with the depth of rum Barbancourt to leave you feeling refreshed and relaxed.

Haitian Cremas is widely enjoyed during the holidays, along with Cherry Liquor. This drink is perfect when you want something sweet but still want it to be light enough to finish your meal. It is also commonly served with cake or cookies.

What is Cremas or Haitian Cremas?

This alcoholic drink is somewhat similar to Bailey’s – in taste and texture. This type of beverage is served as a dessert drink mostly. It usually replaces dessert wine at festive gatherings. Many Haitians enjoy this traditional drink in the comfort of their home, at parties, christenings, communion, or weddings. Cremas are typically served in small glasses.

This Haitian Cremas recipe is not authentic. Each method or recipe is different. Every household, region, and commercially licensed beverage distributor make cremas differently.

This recipe is easy and straightforward, and anyone can make it home.

A few words of advice: With all alcoholic beverages, proper consumption is advised. Drinking and driving do not mix.  This drink can impair your senses.

Haitian cremas
Haitian cremas

How is the recipe for this delicious drink made?

Haitian Cremas is made with condensed milk, cream of coconut, rum, vanilla extract, nutmeg, and lime juice.

  • Cream of Coconut, Sweetened: The preferred brand choices are Goya, Thai Kitchen, and Trader Joe’s own brand of cream of coconut.
  • Condensed Milk: Any brand you like will do.
  • Dark Rum Rhum Barbancourt, preferably, or any good dark rum, will do. This type of rum can be found in most liquor stores.
  • Pure Vanilla Extract, please no imitation; they are not the same
  • Ground Nutmeg, freshly grounded, also works.
  • Fresh Lime Juice is a must. Refrain yourself from using bottled lemon or lime juice.

It is simple, but be careful; this drink must be appropriately stored. A glass container or bottle is best for storage. This Cremas version is best stored in the refrigerator.

This basic recipe was taken from the “Fine Haitian Cuisine” cookbook of Mona Cassion Menager. This version is very basic.

Cremas are also sold commercially, and each method is different.  Any variation is a secret that is not widely shared. So enjoy making this tasty and easy drink.

Just don’t forget that it is served cold and must be stored in the refrigerator. If you buy a bottle from a Haitian store, refrigerate it after opening. The perfect combination of smoothness and sweetness will leave you wanting more!

There are several sweetened tropical drinks in the world, and most are intoxicating to one degree or another. Few, however, can rival the taste of good Haitian Cremas (or Kremas). I highly recommend trying it out, as it’s just sheer pleasure from start to finish.

Notes and Tips

  • Cremas should be served cold and stored in the refrigerator for precaution. Make sure you shake the cream from a canned coconut before mixing.
  • To serve it during the holidays, preparing it about a month or two in advance is best.
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Haitian Cremas is made with condensed milk, cream of coconut, rum, vanilla extract, nutmeg, and lime juice.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Course Beverages
Cuisine Caribbean, Haitian Cuisine
Servings 8 servings
Calories 5738 kcal


  • 2 cups Cream of Coconut sweetened
  • 2 cups Condensed Milk
  • 2 cups Dark Rum Rhum Barbancourt preferably or any good dark rum will do
  • 2 tablespoons Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 2 teaspoons Ground Nutmeg
  • 4 teaspoons Fresh Lime Juice


  • In a large bowl, mix all ingredients thoroughly. Pour into glass container or glass bottle and refrigerate until serving. It can also be served over ice. Always shake the bottle or glass container before serving. Store in the refrigerator. This recipe should yield about 6 cups.


Cremas should be served cold and stored in the refrigerator. Make sure you shake the cream of coconut container or can before mixing.


Serving: 8gramsCalories: 5738kcalCarbohydrates: 754gProtein: 49gFat: 153gSaturated Fat: 123gCholesterol: 208mgSodium: 1081mgFiber: 21gSugar: 732g

Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on the products used.

Keyword alcohol, Caribbean drink, cocktail
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Corn Allergy:

Always choose ingredients without corn or corn derivatives.

Originally published on September 17, 2013. Updated content.

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