Rum Extract Works As A Substitution for Rum
Someone wrote and asked about my tiramisu recipe and wanted to know if there was a good “rum substitution they could use for the rum and if so, how much?” I wasn’t sure so I looked up McCormick & Company’s web site and found they have an extract.
According to McCormick & Company, for every tablespoon of dark rum required in a recipe you can substitute 1/2 tablespoons (1 ½ teaspoons) of rum extract. On the other hand, for 1 tablespoon of light rum, you substitute ½ teaspoon of rum extract.
So if my tiramisu recipe called for ½ cup of light rum, you could use 4 teaspoons of rum extract. You may have to add a little water to keep the liquid ratio right.
However, my recipe calls for ½ cup of Dark rum. That means you would substitute 4 tablespoons of rum extract to equal the flavor. I’m not sure if it wouldn’t be more cost effective and easier just to use the Dark rum unless you are restricted from using any alcohol in your diet.
McCormick & Company’s Usage Tips
- 1/2 teaspoon Rum Flavor = 1 tablespoon light rum
- 1 1/2 teaspoons Rum Flavor = 1 tablespoon dark rum
What About Alcohol?
Well, if you were looking for an alcohol free rum substitution for a recipe, then this McCormick Rum extract is not for you. According to their website, their rum extract has 35 percent alcohol. This is why it is very important you look at the label before purchasing to make sure your products are truly alcohol free.
Alcohol Free Rum Substitutions
After doing a little research, I found a few rum substitutes that say they are alcohol free. These include:
I found this recipe on the Cooks Illustrated website if you prefer to make your own rum substitute.
Alcohol Free Rum
- ⅔ cup water boiling
- ¼ cup raisins
- 2 tablespoons butter
- 4 teaspoons molassis
- 1 tea bag black tea
- Add the raisins, butter and molassis to a bowl containing the boiling water. Stir to combine.
- Add the tea bag of black tea to the water mixture and seep for 4 minutes.
- Refrigerate the mixture for 1 hour to let flavors combine.
- Strain the liquid through a fine strainer or coffee filter and use as a substitute for dark rum.