Rum Syrup (Almíbar de Ron)

Lie? The Truth Is Far Too Much Fun!

They say all adults are pirates. While that was a bad thing to Peter Pan, to be free to make mistakes gives me the greatest joy. The waves in my hair are like flames of a black candle enveloping me in shadow, and the cadaverous darkness in my eyes see beyond what is. If you put a lantern to your window, someone or something will always be drawn to it. If you learn to use a sword, someone will always challenge you. If you tell the truth, you will truly live with every breath. But the most important lesson is that only adults fall in love. Even someone as dapper as I could hold up a lantern by the right hand and duel the gnashing jaws of hungry swamp gators in the other, but for nothing short of love.

Do You Want To Be Saved?

Saturday was the annual Sir Francis Drake pirate raid here in Saint Augustine, Florida. In 1586 Drake and about 2,000 British soldiers on 23 ships sacked the city. They attacked the fort, stormed the streets, and burned the Spanish city to the ground. Good thing the British didn’t have the cash to occupy the city because we all know what happened to Sir Walter Raleigh’s 1585 Roanoke colony-no wait, that’s just it, we don’t!

My mom rooting for the Spanish soldiers at Drake’s Raid.

Rum Syrup (Almíbar de Ron)

I took Mad Hatter to see Dark Shadows and Snow White & the Huntsman, and Dark Shadows was in theater 13. How cool is that?? Anyway, this is a syrup for bizcocho de ron (rum cake), but get creative with it. Maybe mix it into a cocktail or use it as a pastry glaze. My bizcocho de ron recipe is coming up next month.

Rum (especially a fruit-flavored rum) 1/2 cup (I used Malibu Mango.)

Orange juice 1/4 cup

Lime juice 1 1/2 tbsp

  1. Heat all ingredients on medium-low. If you are using the syrup for bizcocho de ron and are not planning to add sugar to the cake itself, you can add 1/4 cup of brown sugar to this syrup.
  2. The syrup isn’t thick, but you can add cornstarch to thicken it. That the syrup is thin, seems to make it easier for bizcocho de ron to absorb.
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