How to customize your own rum. Pictured above are several different infusions made from our Yorktown Silver Rum. From left to right: Coconut vanilla rum. blackberry rum, blueberry rum and honeysuckle rum. The bottles hold about 3 to 4 oz's and are just used and cleaned spice bottles. I prefer glass but plastic can be used. The blackberries were picked fresh and lightly bruised before adding the rum on top. The blueberries came from the store and were not bruised prior to adding the rum which is why the rum is clear. The coconut came from the store and cracked fresh the I added vanilla extract in with the rum. Just a light amount as you do not want to overpower the rum or the coconut. The honeysuckle was picked fresh and and rum poured over the top.
You just need to let these sit for about 3 days. Then they are ready for your entertainment. One great idea is to add these over vanilla ice cream. Pick out the berries or coconut and put some into a bowl along with the ice cream and also add about half an ounce of the rum to the ice cream. Once you start experimenting with these types of infusions, you can't stop. You will want to make more and more. The other option is to make yourself a great sipping drink. Our rum is already fantastic. Customizing it is just lot's of fun. Let us hear some of your ideas and maybe we can get them up here on the site for everyone to try.
Question? Is there a certain amount I should use when making my own infusions?
Answer: No, it's up to you and what you think would be good. What one person likes isn't necessarily going to be what another person likes.
Question: Do the fruits need to be fresh picked?
Answer: Again, it's a matter of personal taste. Frozen fruit can be used as easily as fresh.
Question: How long will my infused fruit last in a jar?
Answer: Rule of thumb is no longer than 6 months on the fruit left in a jar. I would take the actual fruit out after a few weeks and use it, but the infused rum will last as long as years to come. It won't get any better with age in any bottle. But it is fun just knowing you always have a special treat around when you want it.
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According to distillery owner Dr. Bill Dodson, his team’s new approach to selecting gifts of love is not so unconventional because it can be backed by simple science. He explains, “Recent advances in analytical chemistry have finally opened the door to understanding the very small chemicals that make up taste in what we eat and drink.”
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