Happy Hour: “Rumchatta Tea”

One of Creekside West's "Rumchatta" drinks melts slowly over ice.

Recently one of my coworkers, Jeff Garretson, was going bonkers – BONKERS! – over a new drink he discovered at Creekside West. It’s called a “Rumchatta Tea,” a play on the words “rum” and “horchata,” a sweet drink often made with rice and milk. At Creekside, the drink includes Rum Chata liqueur, sweet tea vodka and iced tea.

Duty called. I had to go investigate.

My sidekick for these types of “cocktail reconnaissance” missions, Karri, joined me in Creekside’s bar one evening a few weeks ago. I was late leaving the office, so she had ordered truffled popcorn (hello!), which is a menu item you don’t see around here too often. (It’s definitely worth the order.)

The Rumchatta Tea was sweet, creamy and cold…dare I say refreshing. Just as I was thinking to myself, “Gee, better not have too much of this,” the server came around with a Kahlua version. I could add Kahlua to anything – I just recently added it to my tacos. Now I know what Jeff was so bonkers about – delicious!

Creekside West is located at 4000 West Creekside Loop in Yakima. Happy hour is from 4-6 p.m., Monday through Friday.

And if you want to try your own “rumchata” at home (and have the time for this recipe), I like the sounds of this little cocktail from Martha Stewart.