Call me old-fashioned, but those are just a few things my kitchen can’t live without.
One more that I’m becoming increasingly obsessed with? Homemade spiced rum.
My boyfriend and I make a lot of cocktails at home. It’s cheaper than going out, plus we get to have a lot of fun experimenting with various syrups, shrubs and infusions.
Homemade spiced rum is something we always try to have on hand, because it’s really versatile and totally elevates a drink. You can even use it in something like these Banana Waffles with Spiced Rum Pecan Syrup.
It sounds like it would be complicated, but it really isn’t. All we do is get a big handle of silver rum (the clear, unflavored kind) and drop in a few whole spices.
After a couple days, the color of the rum deepens, turning a deep, golden, caramel color. And the flavor? Even a pirate would love it.
Homemade spiced rum tastes great in all kinds of cocktails. I use it in this Pineapple Mango Tiki Punch and this Spiced Apple Cider Rum Punch, but it’s perfect for mojitos, or even a simple drink like a dark & stormy or a rum & coke.
You can really have fun with the additions. We like to add diced ginger root, star anise, whole peppercorns, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks and vanilla extract. (Bonus points if that’s homemade, too!)
You could also add orange peel or lemon peel, allspice berries, a cardamom pod or a bit of freshly grated nutmeg. Go crazy! Come up with your own ratio.
The best part? It’s homemade, and you can try a new combination next time!
And impress all your friends while you’re at it. Because homemade is definitely, 100% better. And it always makes a super lovely gift, too.
Homemade Spiced Rum Recipe
- 1 Fresh Ginger Root about 3 inches, diced
- 1 Star Anise
- 3 Whole Black Peppercorns
- 3 Whole Cloves
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- 1 Pure Vanilla Extract
- 2 Good Quality Rum
- Fill a 16-ounce mason jar with ginger root, star anise, peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon stick and vanilla extract. Fill jar with rum. Cover and let infuse for at least 24 hours.
- Strain rum through a fine meshed strainer into a bowl. Decant back into jar and replace lid. Spiced rum will keep indefinitely.