Wedding Favors: How to Make Spiced Rum
By Anna K.
December 19, 2011
Since the holidays are around the corner, I thought it would be great to share a recipe that doubles as a favor and as a nice gift to that dinner party you're going to next week. You can get most of the ingredients at your local grocery store and feel free to change up the ingredients in the rum. Many of the spices (allspice, star anise, peppercorns, and nutmeg) can be dialed down or eliminated. However, the vanilla and cinnamon are essential.
1 bottle of rum, about 735ml
1 vanilla bean, sliced open
1 three-inch slice of orange peel, with no white pith
1 cinnamon stick, about 3 inches
3 whole allspice berries
1 piece of star anise
5 whole black peppercorns
1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
1 slice of fresh ginger, about the size of a quarter
Combine all in the bottle and cap it. Keep in a cool, dark place for about three days, shaking it once a day. When you think it is ready (anywhere from 2 to 4 days), strain out the spices and rebottle the rum.