Homemade Spiced Rum

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Homemade Spiced Rum is the queen of all spiced rums, because you can flavor it yourself! It’s so easy to make and way better than store-bought. It makes the perfect addition to every drink from a Cuba Libre to a tiki cocktail. 

a vanilla bean, cinnamon sticks, star anise, peppercorns and a jar of rum.

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Homemade Spiced Rum recipe

Some things just taste better homemade. Simple syrup, for example. Margarita salt, for another. Call me old-fashioned, but those are just a few things my kitchen can’t live without.

One more that I’m becoming increasingly obsessed with? Homemade spiced rum.

My husband and I make a lot of cocktails at home. It’s cheaper than going out, plus we get to have a lot of fun experimenting with various syrups, shrubs and infusions.

We always try to have homemade spiced rum on hand because it’s versatile and elevates a drink. It’s so good in tiki cocktails like the painkiller.

a jar of spiced rum infusing with whole spices.

Why you’ll love this recipe

You are going to adore this infused liqueur recipe!

  • It’s very easy to make.
  • You can make it as strong as you like.
  • It’s great in cocktails and baking recipes.
  • It will last a long time on your bar cart!
spices on a blue towel.

Ingredients for homemade spiced rum

You can really have fun with the additions. My go-tos are diced ginger root, star anise, whole peppercorns, whole cloves, cinnamon sticks and vanilla extract. (Bonus points if that’s homemade, too!)

You could also add citrus peel and other whole spices. Go crazy! Come up with your own ratio. Use what you have on hand.

Here are some ingredients to try:

  • ginger root, diced
  • star anise, whole
  • peppercorns, whole
  • cloves, whole
  • cinnamon sticks
  • vanilla pods, halved
  • vanilla extract
  • allspice berries, whole
  • cardamom, whole
  • nutmeg, whole
  • orange peel
  • lemon peel

The best part? It’s homemade, so you can work on perfecting your DIY spiced rum! And impress all your friends, too.

closeup of a jar of spiced rum filled with cinnamons sticks.

How to make spiced rum

Making spiced rum sounds like it would be complicated, but it really isn’t.

All we do is get a big handle of silver rum (the clear, unflavored kind) and drop in a few whole spices.

After a couple of days, the color of the rum changes, turning a deep, golden, caramel color. And the flavor? Even a pirate would love it.

If you like to cook, know that you can also cook with spiced rum to get a lot of added flavor into your cooking.

a jar of rum with spices on a blue towel.

Cocktails with spiced rum

Homemade spiced rum tastes great in all kinds of cocktails.

I use it in this pineapple mango tiki punch and this spiced apple cider rum punch. This citrusy spiced rum punch is another favorite.

It’s also perfect for a spicy mojito, or even a simpler, 2-ingredient drink like a dark & stormy cocktail or a simple rum & Coke.

You can even mix it into hot chocolate in the winter or you can use it in a batch of rum gummy bears.

It works in baked recipes too, like these spiced rum balls.

jar of homemade spiced rum and spices.

Homemade alcohol recipes

If you love making homemade spiced rum, you may wish to try some of these delicious homemade liqueur recipes.

They make great gifts for a cocktail lover, or you can make them for yourself to elevate your home bar.

  • Homemade Baileys Irish Cream — This recipe is a classic cream liqueur made with Irish whiskey. It’s perfect for Christmas, St. Patrick’s Day and just sipping any time.
  • Coffee Liqueur — Try this one if you love White Russians or a cup of spiked coffee. It’s made with coffee and vodka.
  • Homemade Peppermint Vodka — At the holidays, there’s nothing like this candy-infused vodka to mix into your holiday hot cocoa.
  • Cape Velvet Cream liqueur — This South African cream liqueur with brandy is a favorite at my house, especially at the holidays.
jar of homemade spiced rum and spices.
jar of homemade spiced rum and spices

Homemade Spiced Rum

Yield: 16 ounces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 1 day 5 minutes
Homemade spiced rum is an elevated addition to any rum cocktail, and it takes only a few minutes to make and gets stronger the longer it sits. Tailor the spices to your liking.
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  • 1 piece fresh ginger root approximately 3 inches long, diced
  • 1 whole star anise
  • 3 whole black peppercorns
  • 3 whole cloves
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups white rum


  • Fill a 16-ounce mason jar with ginger root, star anise, peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon stick and vanilla extract.
  • Fill the jar with rum. Cover and let infuse for at least 24 hours.
  • Strain rum through a fine-mesh strainer into a bowl.
  • Decant back into the jar and replace the lid. Spiced rum will keep indefinitely.


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nutrition information

Yield: 16 ounces

amount per serving:

Serving: 1ounce Calories: 71kcal Carbohydrates: 0.4g Protein: 0.03g Fat: 0.02g Saturated Fat: 0.003g Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.01g Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g Sodium: 1mg Potassium: 5mg Fiber: 0.2g Sugar: 0.04g Vitamin A: 1IU Vitamin C: 0.04mg Calcium: 3mg Iron: 0.1mg
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  1. Debi says

    5 stars
    I made this as a gift to give for a birthday party. My friend loved it! Thanks for the wonderful idea. And, isn’t it so great to give a homemade gift that shows how much you care!

  2. Sandra Shaffer says

    5 stars
    What a simple way to make your own spiced rum! I love all the spices used and I have them all. I’m hooked on spiced rum and coke. So tasty!

  3. Min says

    Made some for myself and gifted some to a friend. Very tasty and so handy to have around to make my cocktails.

  4. Kathleen says

    I cannot wait, made up a batch of this over the weekend to use in drinks for Mother’s day! Smells amazing!

  5. Julie says

    5 stars
    I agree that there are just some things better homemade, and this spiced rum is definitely a keeper too. It’s delicious as a mix or as a sipper.

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