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Jar with strawberries, sugar and rum.
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Rumtopf

Start this rumtopf recipe in the spring when the first fruits start arriving and have delicious boozy fruit and infused rum at the end of the year!
Course Drinks
Cuisine German
Prep Time 15 minutes
Steeping Time 270 days
Total Time 270 days 15 minutes
Servings 24
Calories 270kcal

Equipment

  • Glass Weights
  • Half-Gallon Mason Jar

Ingredients

  • 4 lbs fruit
  • 2 lbs sugar
  • 3 1/2 cups rum

Instructions

  • Mix fruit with half it's weight in sugar.
  • Add fruit and sugar to jar. Top with rum.
  • Use a weight to keep fruit submerged in the rum. Put a lid on the jar and store in a cool dark place.
  • Keep adding fruit (with 1/2 it's weight in sugar) to the jar and top with rum.
  • When the growing season is done (or your jar is full) let age for another month or so to fully develop the flavors.

Notes

An overproof rum is more traditional and will help keep the fruit from fermenting.
Start this at the beginning of the produce season.  As each fruit comes in season add it (along with 1/2 it's weight in sugar) to the jar and cover with rum. 
After the last addition of fruit and sugar, you want to age it for a couple of months to fully let the flavors develop.
Best fruits:  strawberries, peaches, apricots, pears, grapes, pineapple, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, plums and figs.    Blueberries and blackberries may color everything purple. 
Fruits to avoid:  melons, apples, bananas, oranges, grapefruits, and rhubarb.

Nutrition

Calories: 270kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 67mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 46g | Vitamin A: 228IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 1mg