When was the final time that you just had overproof rum? Probably, it was both throughout an ill-advised, 151-fueled Spring Break bender or whereas lounging on a Caribbean seashore. (Or, when you’re me, it was in the course of the first section of the pandemic when hand sanitizer was as uncommon as single-origin saffron.) For therefore lengthy, overproof rum has been the libidinous mistress of the distilled booze world. Its thump is what makes it in style—in Jamaica, we are saying that it “places hair in your chest”—however this complicated spirit has extra to supply than its excessive ABV.
Fortunately, overproof rum has been gaining wider acceptance over the previous few years. Each skilled and at-home mixologists have been embracing it, and there’s lots to understand. In keeping with the founding father of The Rum Collective, Dr. Nicholas Feris, overproof rum “has probably not grown in reputation, however the understanding of it has grown, or fairly correctly matured, and this progress is considerably influencing how these rums are getting used within the U.S. in the present day.”
“Increasingly more customers and trade people have an interest within the aromas and flavors in a rum they select, no matter proof,” mentioned Feris. “Jamaican rums have a lot to supply, from the lighter-bodied, blended rum, equivalent to J. Wray & Nephew White Overproof Rum all the way in which as much as the full-bodied tropical bouquet present in a single malt fashion of rum like Hampden Property’s Rum Fireplace.”
What’s overproof rum?
Overproof rum has an ABV (alcohol by quantity) of at the least 57.5%. Caribbean overproof rums, equivalent to J. Wray and Nephew, Bacardi, and Cruzan, are often known as “151 rums” and have an excellent larger ABV of 75.5%. (That is the place the identify comes from—when you multiply the ABV by two, you get the proof, which is 151 on this case.) To place this into context, tequila and mezcal sometimes have an ABV of round 40%.
Overproof rum bought its identify on the excessive seas when Royal Navy officers would take a look at the standard and energy of rum with gunpowder. Gunpowder was moist with rum after which lit. If it burnt with a flame, it was “proof” that it was high quality rum. If it went bang when ignited, it was mentioned to be “overproof.”
Jeanie Grant is the Bar Supervisor of the Palmetto Restaurant and Bar in Oakland, CA. She’s additionally the 2018 Iron TikiTender champion, profitable the title utilizing overproof rum (particularly, Rum Fireplace). I requested Grant why she selected overproof rum for the competitors. “I selected overproof rum for my cocktail as a result of the flavors and complexities are way more current in a spirit that has not been diluted,” she mentioned. She’s a fan of Rum Fireplace’s “deep tropical notes and nearly savory aromas” that stood as much as the opposite intense flavors in her profitable cocktail.
The right way to use overproof rum
As we stare down the tunnel in the direction of a Roaring Twenties summer season, I’m right here to unfold the gospel of overproof rum and clarify methods to use it. I exploit overproof rum lots in my very own kitchen—cocktails, bread pudding, different baked treats, and barbecue sauces are all improved by its presence. In comparison with spiced rums, overproof is a little more delicate, with sufficient throat-tingling, lip-smacking notes to maintain issues attention-grabbing. A number of the alcohol evaporates away throughout cooking, however what stays is a taste that’s pronounced and scrumptious, however not overwhelming. These are just a few of my household’s favourite overproof rum-based recipes that can take you from before-dinner drinks all the way in which to dessert.
The right way to make Rum Punch
This basic cocktail is finest when it isn’t fussed with. Serve it at a celebration to unfold the love round.
- 1½ cups overproof rum
- 1 cup orange juice
- 1 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice (it’s well worth the effort)
- ½ cup grenadine
- ½ cup brown sugar (the molasses notes provides oomph to the punch)
- ¼ cup Angostura bitters
- ½ teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
Mix all of the elements in a pitcher and stir till the sugar is totally dissolved. Serve over ice.
The right way to make Jerk-Barbecue Rum Sauce
The bottom of this recipe is a jerk marinade that has been my father’s pleasure and pleasure for over 50 years. Sure, there are many elements, however the recipe is straightforward to execute. Whether or not you’re cooking rooster, ribs, lamb, tofu, or salmon, you’ll wish to slather this sauce over the whole lot.
- ½ cup overproof rum
- 2 cups ketchup (the thicker, the higher)
- 6 medium-sized Scotch bonnet or habanero peppers (No, you can not use jalapeños. I’ve spoken.)
- 1 yellow onion, roughly chopped
- 6 cloves of garlic
- ½ cup chopped scallions
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup + 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- ⅛ cup white vinegar
- ⅛ cup recent lime juice
- 3 tablespoons chopped ginger
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 tablespoon cracked black pepper
- 1 tablespoon pimento berries (or 1½ teaspoons allspice)
- 1 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 sprig of recent thyme
Place all of the elements in a blender and pulse till easy. Switch to a saucepan and convey to a boil, then instantly flip to low warmth and simmer for quarter-hour (simply so all of the flavors marry).
The right way to make Rum Salt
Nice for sprinkling over grilled meats or on the rim of your margarita glass.
- 1¼ cups coarse salt
- 1 cup desk salt
- ½ cup overproof rum
Pulse salts in a meals processor till the mix resembles tough sand. Place in a bowl, add rum and stir. Thinly unfold the combination on parchment paper and place in a dry (not humid) space in a single day (or for a pair days) till the moisture has evaporated. You too can dry it in an oven set to 275°F to hurry issues up. Flake and place in jars. When correctly saved, it is going to final for years.
The right way to make Rum Caramel Sauce
Drizzle over ice cream, or eat a whole jar if you’re feeling heartbroken.
- ⅓ cup overproof rum
- 1½ cups granulated sugar
- ½ cup heat heavy cream
- ¼ cup chilly butter, cubed
- ¼ teaspoon vanilla
Place sugar in a saucepan and add sufficient water till it resembles moist sand (often between ⅓ and ¼ cup). Place on low warmth and stir till sugar is dissolved. Make sure that the combination doesn’t bubble throughout this course of.
As soon as the sugar is totally dissolved, flip as much as medium warmth and let simmer (do not stir) till the sugar combination is syrupy and amber in coloration. This takes roughly quarter-hour.
Subsequent, slowly whisk within the chilly butter adopted by the nice and cozy cream. As soon as the dairy is totally included, stir within the rum, and simmer till the sauce returns to the consistency of thick caramel.
The right way to make Rum & Ting
So refreshing, this rum and grapefruit soda concoction fuels balmy dance events in Jamaica.
- 2 ounces overproof rum
- 6 ounces Ting (a Jamaican grapefruit soda that may be discovered within the Caribbean or Latin American grocery aisle)
- Wedge of Lime
Fill a Collins glass with ice, and squeeze the wedge of lime on high. Add rum and high with fizzy Ting. Stir and luxuriate in.