Rum Extracts Work 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 ½ tablespoon (1 ½ teaspoon) 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 Dark rum unless you are restricted from using any alcohol in your diet.
McCormick & Company's Usage Tips
- ½ teaspoon Rum Flavor = 1 tablespoon light rum
- 1 ½ 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
If you're looking for a nonalcoholic substitute for rum in your favorite recipe, there are several options to choose from. Here are a few common nonalcoholic substitutes for rum:
- Apple cider: Apple cider is a type of nonalcoholic drink that is made from fermented apples. It has a sweet, fruity flavor that is similar to rum. When using apple cider as a substitute for rum, you can use the same amount as the recipe calls for.
- Pineapple juice: Pineapple juice is a sweet, tropical juice that is made from crushed pineapples. It has a flavor that is similar to rum, with notes of citrus and vanilla. When using pineapple juice as a substitute for rum, you can use the same amount as the recipe calls for.
- Coconut milk: Coconut milk is a creamy, nonalcoholic milk that is made from the flesh of a coconut. It has a sweet, tropical flavor that is similar to rum. When using coconut milk as a substitute for rum, you can use the same amount as the recipe calls for.
- Vanilla extract: Vanilla extract is a type of flavoring that is made from vanilla beans. It has a sweet, fragrant flavor that is similar to rum. When using vanilla extract as a substitute for rum, you can use a little less than the recipe calls for, as vanilla extract is very strong in flavor.
- Almond extract: Almond extract is a type of flavoring that is made from the almond oil. It has a sweet, nutty flavor that is similar to rum. When using almond extract as a substitute for rum, you can use a little less than the recipe calls for, as almond extract is very strong in flavor.
In conclusion, there are several options to choose from when looking for a nonalcoholic substitute for rum in your favorite recipe. Apple cider, pineapple juice, coconut milk, vanilla extract, and almond extract are all good options that can add a similar flavor to your dish. Just be sure to adjust the amount used based on the strength of the substitute.
After doing a little research, I found a few rum substitutes that say they are alcohol-free. These include:
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 molasses to a bowl containing the boiling water. Stir to combine.
- Add the tea bag of black tea to the water mixture and steep 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 it as a substitute for dark rum.