Good Substitution for Rum

May 14, 2006 10 Comments

Substitution for Rum

Rum Extract Works As A Substitution for Rum

Someone wrote and asked about my tiramisu recipe and wanted to know if they could “substitute rum extract 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.

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  1. Crepe gelato blvd says:

    Where can I buy 1 gallon of rum extract?

    • The Reluctant Gourmet says:

      That’s a lot of extract. I would do a search for institutional rum extract and see what comes up. Anyone else have an idea?

  2. Elton says:

    My recipe ask for 1/4 cup of rum,how much rum extract will I use to substitute the rum?

    • The Reluctant Gourmet says:

      Hi Elton, I’m not sure but according to,
      • 2 Tablespoon rum = 1/2 to 1 teaspoon rum extract. If the liquid is an important part of the recipe, add enough water or apple juice to make up the difference.
      • 1 Tablespoon dark rum = 2 Tablespoon rum extract.
      • 5 Tablespoon light rum = 1 Tablespoon rum extract.

      You’ll have to do the math.

  3. Joseph says:

    Actually flavoring extracts, be they pure or imitation, contain alcohol unless specified otherwise (for example I’ve seen alcohol-free vanilla extract) so flavoring extracts still couldn’t be used by someone who’s trying to avoid alcohol altogether. I use the same brand of extract as the one you have pictured (which they have a good deal on at Walmart) and if you look on the back label on the ingredients list you’ll see “alcohol (25%)” listed (after propylene glycol and water) so I’m just saying you might want to update your blog o reflect that information more clear, lest someone get the idea that they’re avoiding alcohol altogether by using extracts.

  4. Linz says:

    Not everyone is old enough to buy rum, just saying.

    • Mavi says:

      But ANYONE of ANY AGE can buy RUM EXTRACT which is the point being made. *eye roll*

      • Lydia says:

        That was the point being made? Really?
        I didn’t get that from any of the comments. I think maybe the eyeroll was a bit over the top.
        IMO her response was to the poster saying there is alcohol in extract as well. The tone seemed belittling to those choosing not to use real rum.

  5. Julie DeWitt says:

    I don’t want ANY alcohol used in recipes. Is a different extract available?

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