Each place has its unique culture and tradition that is specific to its people and events. Similarly, the island of Haiti has a particular food tradition: at all special events and celebrations, people serve the traditional milk and cream-based drink called Kremas. For example, during a Christmas party, it is served to raise a toast and share with friends and family. It is a blend of condensed milk and coconut cream spices along with alcohol mixed in it. In Haiti, the flavor of this drink varies as each person has his individual preference and process of making it. However, this delicious creamy drink is easy to prepare and tastes good in all its variations. In this article, I will discuss How to make Haitian Kremas, which will clarify your doubts.If you wish to buy kremas online, you can do so via Saveurs Lakay website.
Features of Kremas
- It is thick in texture and consistency and looks much like a milkshake.
- The sweetness is added through the use of condensed milk and coconut cream.
- The extra flavorsomes from cinnamon or ginger or nutmeg.
- Generally, rum is added, but you can have it with gin and vodka. Even you can use white rum can as well.
- It is considered similar to drinks like ponche de creme from Trinidad and Tobago and Puerto Rican coquito.
- It is ideal for sweet lovers. To balance the sweetness, some people consume it with cubes of ice.
How to make Haitian Kremas?
There are various methods of making this drink. Although the ingredients are the same, the taste variation occurs due to the different processes of mixing them. Similarly, the degree of addition of alcohol determines the color. The color can range from off-white to beige.
The ingredients need to make Kremas are:
- Condensed milk
- Evaporated milk
- Cream of coconut
- Vanilla Extract
- Dark Rum
- Cinnamon sticks
- Sugar granules
Using the syrup ensures a fine texture of the drink without any lump formation caused by sugar. The sugar blends better through syrup. After preparing the syrup, it is made to cool for a while. It is then mixed with rum, milk, and coconut cream. It would be best if you mixed these with a steady flow to form a smooth texture. After that, the spices are added. Ideally, the mixture should be left for a few hours so that all the ingredients can finely mix and evoke the blended taste and flavor.
You can also prepare it by adding two cans of evaporated milk and two cans of sweetened milk and mix them in a big bowl. Then add the coconut cream to beat and mix the ingredients. Next, you can add vanilla extract followed by cinnamon and nutmeg into the mixture. If you want to thicken the mixture slightly, you can add lemon juice to it. In the final step, you can add dark rum into the mixture and mix it thoroughly. After allowing the mixture to sit for a few minutes, you can pour it into bottles using a funnel. The drink is now ready for your to serve chilled with ice or at room temperature.
The best part of making Haitian Kremas is that you can store them easily. These need to be store in a cool place. So you can keep them in the fridge provided you have neither opened the bottle nor served it once. You can even store it in your fridge for around two years. The sheld life of the drink increases due to alcohol, which prevents the milk from turning sour. While storing it, you should not frequently open the bottles as the sudden exposure to different temperatures makes the drink turn bad or solidify due to temperature adjustments. Even after storing the drink in the fridge, sometimes the Kremas develop clumps because of the coconut cream. It happens if it is kept in the fridge for a long time.
Often the question is evoked as to what goes best with Kremas. Although Kremas are sweet and tasty and can be served chilled or with ice-cubes, it is generally accompanied with pastries, cakes, coconut bread pudding, and other sweet dishes.
So if you want to make your parties unique and add a Haitian touch to the gatherings, you can serve Haitian Kremas and break the pattern of monotony in the typical parties with the same type of food items. This drink caters to taste and ensures a good time with the kick of dark rum in it. If you want, you can order them online as well. Since these are easy to prepare, you can follow the above-stated instructions and experiment with the flavors based on your preferences. Finally, you can learn how to make cremas via this Haiti Open Magazine Haitian Kremas recipe.