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DIY Spiced Rum

Many commercial spiced rums use the spices to cover up inferior rum. At home, you can create a more elegant and bold version, tailored to your taste.

Experimenting with flavors and honing your personal recipe is pretty simple—taste the mixture every day, and if a flavor is too dominant, remove that ingredient and keep steeping the rest.

Sample the mixture every day to ensure you like the flavor mix. It may be necessary to remove a flavoring item early to prevent it from taking over. You may even want to add more of an ingredient you like, although I would recommend waiting until the last day to do that.
The reason for breaking up the spices is to be able to remove a small portion to adjust flavor if needed. You can use all light rum instead of a combination of light and gold.

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