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Simple Rum Raisin Recipe

Updated on July 21, 2012
Drunken raisins.
Drunken raisins. | Source
Drunken raisins falling over softened vanilla ice cream.
Drunken raisins falling over softened vanilla ice cream. | Source
Drunken raisins mixed into softened vanilla ice cream.
Drunken raisins mixed into softened vanilla ice cream. | Source

I am a die hard rum raisin ice cream lover! But the prices of a good brand of rum raisin ice cream is ridiculous. So i started thinking of how my mom used to soak fruit in rum for her fruit cake! She usually used dark rum but it doesn't really matter, if it is dark or white.

Nowadays with all the flavored rums one can experiment, but i tend to stick to the simple flavor of 'plain ole' rum.

Making your own rum raisin is a simple basic recipe. You can use it as a garnish or mixed into whatever simple creamy dessert you love. But beware your rum raisin using real rum is more potent than using rum extract, so you may want to fiddle with the recipe to find what you like best.

Rum raisin Recipe


  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 1 cup of rum
  • 2/3 tbsp brown sugar
  • optional, 1 tsp vanilla


  • glass bowl or jars with tight lids
  • spoon, for mixing
  • dark space like pantry
  • plastic or paper bag

What to do

  1. Place raisins in your clean bowl or jar
  2. Cover with rum, toss with spoon
  3. Add brown sugar, and vanilla
  4. Put on the lid, wrap in the bag
  5. Place in the dark space or pantry
  6. Leave for several hours or even over night before using


  1. Cooking rum raisin mix in some butter until heated through.
  2. Allow to cool, then add to glass bowl or jar with lid

How to use

Garnish, pour over vanilla ice cream, heavy whipped cream, bread pudding and even a plain vanilla or yellow cake.

Homemade rum raisin ice cream

1/2 cup vanilla ice cream

2 / 3 tbsp of rum raisin

What to do

  1. Mix the raisins into the softened ice cream, in a freezer proof cup or container.
  2. Add to the freezer for a few hours until frozen

Simply beautiful and easy to do and so much cheaper than buying if you make your own, so you can enjoy your own homemade rum raisin.


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