ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Get the party started this holiday season with a gift of Appleton Estate Reserve rum

Updated on December 7, 2015

Appleton Estate Reserve Rum

What can you or your hostess do with rum in the kitchen?

Rum is also delightful in culinary applications. We are known in our house for making chocolate chip-nut cookies with a touch of the good stuff. When cooking with rum, always play safe and add it when the burner's turned off. Drizzle a little on freshly cut fruit and brown sugar and let it marinate for a few hours, garnish bowls with fresh mint leaves when serving.

Rum is also great when cooking savory foods! Try it with melted butter, soaked raisins, peaches and pie spices for a pork chop glaze. Add a touch to BBQ sauce -- either your own recipe or to "doctor up" stuff from the bottle.

You'll bring the party when you bring Appleton Estate Reserve rum as a holiday gift

Why rum now? Hostess gifts can be tricky at any time, but especially so during the holidays. Flowers are hideously expensive in winter -- if the "right" ones are available at all in your area -- and wine rarely hits the right mark. After all, you can't know exactly what the hostess is serving, how the food will be seasoned, what the sides and desserts will be. Does the wine have to be served at a particular temperature and/or be decanted? Does the wine need to be served in a particular style of glass? Then, once that bottle is opened, it needs to be finished off that night. That's more fuss and bother than any hostess deserves to be saddled with. After all, you were invited as a friend, hopefully not a frenemy!

How about a gift that can be used before dinner, after dinner and on other future occasions? Then, you'll really be remembered! A good quality rum like Appleton Estate Reserve can be used in so many ways, it's the perfect holiday gift! This particular expression of rum is comprised of 20 different rums, each aged an average of 6 years, but the bottle has no age statement. I was happy to be hosted to experience it.

I noticed an initial nose of banana peel and toasted wood. Later, I detected a powerful brown sugar essence. The color is amber. Upon sipping, I tasted bruleed brown sugar, almond and vanilla extract, with a juiciness upon swallowing. It's very smooth with a medium viscosity. This is how they describe it:

Full-bodied, smooth, and delicately balanced spice and nutty notes, followed by oaky honey, subtle vanilla, and a hint of hazelnut – all wrapped in rich, dried orange peel. It’s reminiscent of a spicy fruit cake. Finish: balanced, yet lingering, with echoes of wood.

You can sip it neat or on the rocks for an easy party ice-breaker (if that's not too horrible a pun!). But really, don't worry that this rum is too precious to create with . . . feel free to exercise your best mixology skills! Fresh tropical juices would sing with a lacing of this rum. You can lighten things up with soda and/or crushed ice. If you get stressed making cocktails, do like I often do: head to the refrigerated juice section of the grocery store. These days, the major companies are bottling exotic, tropical fruit combinations. It'll seem like you slaved all day!


Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)