Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Rum Toddy

2 cups Dark Rum
1 cup Vanilla Rum
1 cup Lemon Juice
1/2 cup Granulated Sugar
1/2 cup Honey
6-10 Whole Cloves (optional flavor/decoration)
1 Cinnamon Stick (optional flavor/decoration)
1/2 Lemon cut into round slices (optional flavor/decoration)

Pour all ingredients into a medium sized sauce pan and heat gently on medium to dissolve sugar and honey. Stir occasionally until all sugar is blended (about 10 min). Do not boil. Remove from heat and let cool before pouring into containers or serving (see serving instructions below). The concentrate can be strained before pouring into containers so cloves, cinnamon stick, and lemon rings will be eliminated, which will create a longer shelf life, to keep flavor from being altered, and for a pure pulp free concentrate. If you are serving immediately then cloves, cinnamon, and lemon round can be left in for appearance purposes.

Mix equal parts of Toddy concentrate with hot water or to taste. Enjoy!

This concentrate probably could be stored in cool dry place, but I store it in fridge to keep it from spoiling (my mom's voice talking here). I am not sure how long it will last at room temperature or at fridge temperature. This is where more experimenting will have to happen. My guess is that it should be fine, because there is nothing in it that could spoil except for the lemons rounds, which is why they should be taken out or left out completely.

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