Making Spiced Rum

Spiced rum. It seems to be just one of those things that either you love, or, you don’t. The subtle varieties of tastes found in different spiced rums are a result of the types and amount of spices added – and there are some spiced rums I’ve tried that have a combinations of spices that just weren’t that pleasing to my palate. I recently ran across directions for making your own spiced rum and initially was interested in finding out what spices are used, but then became intrigued in creating my own variety of spiced rum – a perfect version, of course for my tastes at least! I went shopping today for a few of the following spices and am going to start creating my own version this weekend. Let me know if you come up your own personalized spiced rum and what your secret ingredient is!

Making Your Own Spiced Rum

Basic Ingredients:

1 bottle good quality gold rum (if you don’t like the taste of the basic rum, you won’t like the taste of the finished product!)
1 vanilla bean pod, split in half
1 slice of orange peel, about 3 inches long
1 cinnamon stick
3 whole allspice berries
3 whole cloves
5 whole black peppercorns
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg

Other spice options:
1 small slice of fresh ginger
1 point star anise

1. Add all the ingredients to the rum bottle or pour all ingredients into a wide-mouthed, airtight container and seal. Let stand in a cool dark place for 24 hours to one month. Shake the container occasionally and taste until the flavor is to your liking. The more flavor you want, the longer you should let it sit. Strain the spices out and re-bottle the liquid.

Tweak the flavors to your liking by increasing or reducing the amount of each spice or by experimenting with other spices. Make this spiced rum one that will truly satisfy your senses!

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