Booze Up Your Chilled Taho With Some Rum Arnibal

February 3, 2020

Do you know anyone who doesn’t love taho? There are so many reasons why we’ve become so fond of this treat that reminds us of merienda or even breakfast. It’s incredibly nostalgic; hearing those words “Taho!” yelled out reminds you of when you were a kid, running out of your house just to get your hands on a cup. It’s the silky-smooth bean curd, really, reminiscent of soy panna cotta but extremely slurpable. Then the dark brown, deep sugar syrup bordering the edge of the burnt, fills in all the gaps between the taho with sweet, liquid gold.


But now, you’re a little bit older, and it’s time to turn that childhood dream into an adult reality. Instead of coming home after school, carefree and innocent, your merienda is spent stuck at an office desk, watching the clock tick until you check out. Maybe your weekends should be spent poring over a deep cup of taho–spiked. We’ve added rum to that famous arnibal, for a simple but ingenious twist on an old favorite. Slurp away.


Taho with Spiked Rum Arnibal

Total Time: 20 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients: Taho

  • 1 litter taho, store-bought
  • Black pearls, store-bought or cooked at home

Ingredients: Rum Arnibal

  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1/4 cup rum
  • vanilla, optional


  1. Caramelize sugar in pan; make sure all crystals are dissolved.
  2. Add water and melt sugars with water.
  3. Turn off fire and add rum and vanilla.
  4. Cool and set aside.


  1. Prepare taho in glasses, add rum arnibal.
  2. Top with black pearls. Serve chilled.

What other desserts would you want to spike? Give us suggestions in the comments!

Pamela Cortez Pamela Cortez

Pamela Cortez writes about food full-time, and has honed her craft while writing for publications such as Rogue, Town and Country, and The Philippine Star. She once rode on a mule for a mile just to eat mint tea and lamb in Morocco, and has eaten a block of Quickmelt in one sitting. Her attempt at food photography can be viewed online @meyarrr.

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4 responses to “Booze Up Your Chilled Taho With Some Rum Arnibal”

  1. Adrian De Leon says:

    This is one of those ideas you wish you’d thought of first. It seems so natural in hindsight. Going to try this soon!

  2. Carl Tomacruz says:

    You didn’t use Don Papa?

  3. twisky says:

    and served cold goddamn this is a hit.

  4. Ivan says:

    “anyone”? I don’t like taho. If you’re having taho, are you eating it or drinking it? If it’s slurping, can you really slurp those more solid than liquid objects (those black and white things). If it’s food, then one can eat it; if it’s a drink, then one can drink it. If it’s food and drink at the same time, or eating-drinking-slurping at breakfast!– i’ll just have coffee, please. But, a spiked arnibal? Now, that’s good. Forget the taho, i’ll have an arnibal rum on ice.

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