Did you know that the rum industry has increased by over 5% in the last two years? This is because the drink is so versatile and people can choose from white, dark, and even spiced options.
If you love rum, you might be surprised to know that it's not just for drinking! Cooking with rum can add a rich, complex flavor to your meals and desserts. In this article, we will share some of the best rum recipes for you to try at home.
Black Tot Day
Black Tot Day is a special event that marks the end of a long-standing tradition in the Royal Navy and for rum. On July 31, 1970, the Royal Navy issued its last daily rum ration, also known as the "daily tot." This event is unique to the brand and is celebrated by rum enthusiasts around the world.
Rum can be a great addition to savory dishes, adding a unique depth of flavor. If you aren't familiar with this type of cooking, here's a few different recipes to check out:
Rum and Coke Chicken
To make this delicious recipe: mix together 1/4 cup dark rum, 1/4 cup cola, 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce, 1 tablespoon honey, 2 minced garlic cloves, and salt and pepper to taste. Marinate chicken breasts in the mixture for 30 minutes, then grill or bake until cooked through.
Rum and Sweet Potato Stew
In a Dutch oven, cook chopped onion and garlic in olive oil until softened. Add cubed sweet potatoes, canned diced tomatoes, chicken broth, and a cinnamon stick. Simmer until the sweet potatoes are tender, then stir in 1/4 cup dark rum and chopped cilantro.
Rum-Spiked Shrimp Skewers
Marinate peeled and deveined shrimp in a mixture of dark rum, lime juice, minced garlic, chopped cilantro, and salt and pepper. Thread onto skewers and grill until cooked through.
Everyone loves a dessert that comes with a little kick of flavor. Desserts pair so well with rum, so here is a handful of different options that will satisfy every sweet tooth.
Rum and Chocolate Truffles
Melt together butter and semi-sweet chocolate. Stir in 1/4 cup dark rum and chill until firm. Roll into balls, coat with a layer of melted chocolate, and dust with cocoa powder.
Blend together fresh pineapple chunks, lime juice, sugar, and 1/4 cup dark rum. Freeze in an ice cream maker according to the manufacturer's instructions.
In a skillet, melt butter and brown sugar together. Add sliced bananas, dark rum, and cinnamon, and cook until the bananas are softened and the sauce is bubbly. Serve over vanilla ice cream.
Rum and Caramel Flan
In a saucepan, heat sugar until melted and golden brown. Pour into a baking dish and swirl to coat the bottom. In a blender, combine condensed milk, evaporated milk, eggs, vanilla extract, and 1/2 cup dark rum. Pour into the baking dish and bake in a water bath until set.
Rum and Raisin Bread Pudding
Soak the raisins in 1/2 cup dark rum for at least 30 minutes. Mix together bread cubes, eggs, milk, sugar, vanilla extract, and rum-soaked raisins. Bake until golden brown and set.
Start Cooking With Rum Today
Cooking with rum can add a strong, complex flavor to your meals and desserts. Whether you prefer savory dishes or sweet treats, there are many delicious rum recipes to try. And don't forget to raise a glass on Black Tot Day to honor the Royal Navy's long-standing tradition of the daily tot!