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Moonshine Recipes - How to Make Rum

If you are just learning how to moonshine rum is an excellent place to start because the raw ingredients are cheap, easily available and are fermentable without the need for mashing. Rum is made from sugarcane byproducts such as molasses, white sugar, raw sugar and even from sugarcane juice. It is unlikely that the average reader will have easy access to sugarcane juice so we will focus on other sugarcane byproducts in our recipes instead. Learning how to make rum is easy and you will be able to lay down a good stock of rum for future enjoyment in a very short period of time.

There are a number of different types and grades of rum and these classifications vary depending on where the rum was produced.

Light Rum is also referred to as silver rum or white rum and has a very mild sweet flavour. It is generally used in cocktails and as a general mixer. It is generally aged in stainless steel tanks and filtered to remove any colour.

Gold Rum or amber rum has a darker colour as it is aged in oak barrels, usually charred white oak barrels used for aging bourbon, and has a fuller flavour than a white rum.

Dark Rum, also known as Brown rum, red rum or black rum is generally aged in heavily charred barrels and has a mucher stronger flavour than either gold rum or light rum. It generally has a strong overtone of molasses or caramel and gives a strong flavour to various rum drinks and is one of the preferred rums to use in cooking.

Spiced Rum are for the most part gold rums that have been flavoured with spices such as cinnamon, rosemary, aniseed or pepper. Caramel is also sometimes used.

Flavoured Rums are much like the flavoured vodkas that have become popular over the last few years and are generally lighter rums infused with flavours such as banana, strawberry, citrus and coconut.

Overproof Rum is simply rum that is much higher than the usual 40% alcohol and many of them are usually around 65% but can be as high as 80%. Certainly quite a stout drink.

We will attempt to provide a fair cross section of these different types of rum in our selection of recipes. The different recipes can be accessed by the menu on the left hand side of the page in the how to make rum section.