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Favorite Holiday Feasting Rum Recipes

Updated on December 22, 2011

I don't do a lot of cooking at home but when the holidays come round I do enjoy getting into the kitchen. One of my favorite ingredients to use during this season is dark Rum for its mellow warm zeal. The three following recipes are my favorite of them all, one for eggnog grog, one for rum balls and one for a fantastic venison (deer) sauce. To prepare these I typically use one of three brands of dark Rum: Myers's, Whaler's or Captain Morgan. They all well work well and bring satisfying results, though of the the three my preference is Myers's because of its full-bodied flavor of molasses.

Holiday Jäger (Hunter) Rum Sauce

This rich, smooth sauce compliments any hardy venison dish.
This rich, smooth sauce compliments any hardy venison dish.


¼ cup unsalted butter

½ cup whipping cream

1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed

dash of salt

¼ teaspoon black pepper powder

¼ teaspoon garlic powder

1/8 cup venison drippings (room temperature)

2 1/2 tablespoons dark rum


Melt butter in medium saucepan over medium heat. Add cream, pepper, garlic sugar and dash of salt. Bring this mixture to a boil, stirring constantly until the sugar is completely dissolved. Remove from heat. Stir in venison drippings and rum until mixture reaches even appearance. Serve over freshly prepared venison steaks, tenderloin, roast or sausage. Also makes a tasty rich sauce for cooked scallions. For a less heavy sauce reduce amount of whipping cream as desired.

Old-fashioned Eggnog Grog

Rich and creamy Eggnog Grog just like Grandma used to make.
Rich and creamy Eggnog Grog just like Grandma used to make.


6 eggs

¼ cup sugar

dash of salt

1 quart whole milk

1 teaspoon vanilla or almond extract

¾ cup bourbon

1/3 cup dark rum


Beat eggs, sugar and salt together in large saucepan.

Stir in two cups of the milk

Cook this mixture over low heat, stirring constantly to avoid milk from scalding and be careful not to allow eggs to curdle while heating.

When mixture is thick and leaves a shiny coat on a spoon remove from heat.

Now stir slowly into this mixture the bourbon and rum.

When appearance is even fold in remaining milk.

Slowly stir in the extract of your choice.

Allow to cool for 10-15 minutes.

Cover with plastic and set in refrigerator. Thoroughly chill at least three hours.

Serve in individual glasses or mugs. Sprinkle with cinnamon or add cinnamon sticks/toasts for festive appearance.

Easy-Make Rum Balls

A very easy recipe for one of the world's most popular Yuletide treats.
A very easy recipe for one of the world's most popular Yuletide treats.


1 cup semisweet chocolate chips

½ cup white sugar

3 tablespoons corn syrup

½ cup dark rum

2 ½ cups vanilla wafers or shortbread cookies, crushed

1 cup finely chopped walnuts, almonds or pecans or shredded coconut.

1/3 cup confectioners sugar


1st step: Heat chocolate chips on stove over low heat, stirring continuously. When this mixture is melted and smooth, turn heat down to lowest setting. Add sugar and corn syrup and stir for five more minutes. Remove from heat. Pour in rum and stir slowly. Add now the crushed vanilla wafers or cookies and mix with wooden spoon. Add the chopped nuts. Mix until ingredients appear evenly distributed. Cover and refrigerate until chocolate dough is firm (usually 2-3 hours).

2nd step: Remove the chilled dough from refrigerator. Over clean wooden surface or one covered with wax paper, roll out the dough and form into bite-size balls. Now layer the working surface area with ground nuts and confectioners sugar. Roll the balls over this mixture. When all balls are evenly covered place on plate or in pan and cover. Store this for three-7 days before serving in order to enhance flavor.

Myers's Dark Rum - my cooking Rum of choice.
Myers's Dark Rum - my cooking Rum of choice.


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  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    7 years ago from Tennesee

    Thanks Kitty! Have you ever tried it in pineapple-upside down cake? Pretty darned good, mmm!

  • kittythedreamer profile image

    Kitty Fields 

    7 years ago from Summerland

    Love rum in holiday food...especially rum cake. LOVE rum cake and I would eat an entire football field made of rum cakes if I had the chance. ;) Voted up and useful. It all sounds scrumptious!

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    7 years ago from Tennesee

    Cool steffsings, and Happy Holidays!

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    7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

    I'm certainly going to try the chocolate rums balls. Sounds delicious. Just in time for the holidays, Thanks!

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    7 years ago from Tennesee

    Thanks Nell! And I hear you on the eggnog. Unfortunately, it is also one of my weaknesses, and absolutely kills my diet plans at the holidays, lol!

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    7 years ago from Tennesee

    Thanks Will. If you are a venison fan I think you'll love this sauce!

  • Nell Rose profile image

    Nell Rose 

    7 years ago from England

    Hi, Ooh I love the Eggnogg! this is definitely bookmarked, thats of course if I can keep my hands of the rum! lol!

  • WillStarr profile image


    7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    Sounds great, especially the sauce. Bookmarked!


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