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    Christmas Shrub -A Rum Spice Liqueur

    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    45 mins

    30 mins

    15 mins

    Sherri at the Beach's Note:

    I've had this recipe for years and it comes from "The Caribbean Pantry Cookbook" by Steven Raichlen. It is best if made and stored a few weeks to a month, but can be drank right away. But be patient and let it age. My husband calls it 'nectar of the Gods'. It takes a little time to prep but worth it I assure you. Do not substitute ground spices, it will not turn out the same at all.

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    Serves: 30



    Units: US | Metric


    1. 1
      Wash the fruits and remove the zest in strips, avoiding the white pith.
    2. 2
      Combine the zests, cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice, vanilla beans, 2 cups of sugar, and 2 cups of water in a large heavy saucepan.
    3. 3
      Bring to a gentle boil, then reduce heat to lowest possible setting. Let the ingredients infuse for 30 minutes.
    4. 4
      Strain the syrup into a large mixing bowl.
    5. 5
      Combine the remaining 1 cup sugar and 1/2 cup water in the same large saucepan.
    6. 6
      Cover the pan and bring mixture to a boil. Uncover the pan and cook the mixture over high heat until it turns golden brown or caramelizes -about 5 minutes.
    7. 7
      Remove the pan from the heat and let cool 5 minutes.
    8. 8
      Add 1 cup of rum to the caramel. BE CAREFUL -the mixture may splatter. When the splatter has subsided, return the pan to low heat stirring with a wooden spoon until the caramel has dissolved into the rum.
    9. 9
      Add the caramel mixture and remaining rum to the syrup. (I found a large jar like you see in deli's for pickles I use for this). Whisk or in my case, shake the mixture. Pour into clean bottles or containers. Place in a cool dark place and allow to age. It will keep indefinitely.
    10. 10
      I put this is pretty decorative bottles like you see for salad dressing and give as Christmas gifts. I had an uproar the one year I didn't make it.
    11. 11
      Servings and yield are approximate, but about 2 gallons I'd guess. This is something you drink like a cordial or as a sipper. It is very strong!

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 16, 2012


      Excellent Recipe! We made it for Christmas Gifts (3 gallons of it) for more and a repat this year! It takes some time but it's worth it!

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    • on March 19, 2009


      takes some time to make it, but it is reallly good. definatly worth it. and it just gets better the longer you let it sit. great recipe

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    Nutritional Facts for Christmas Shrub -A Rum Spice Liqueur

    Serving Size: 1 (99 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 30

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 222.9
    Calories from Fat 0
    Total Fat 0.0 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 0.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 22.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
    Sugars 21.3 g
    Protein 0.2 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    allspice berries

    vanilla beans

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