Appetizers
June 24, 2011
Time to get rum-ready for that Fourth of July bash

Yo-ho-ho and a bottle of you-know-what for the Fourth of July party.

The folks at the Sailor Jerry spiced-rum company want to offer a few recipes to help you keep the spirit of Independence Day ... interesting.

Backyard Tea
2 parts spiced rum
1 part iced tea
2 parts lemonade
Add ingredients to an ice-filled highball glass and garnish with a lemon wedge.

Hellfire
1 part spiced rum
2 dashes Tabasco sauce
1 part ginger beer
Pilsner or lager beer
One-quarter fresh lime
Squeeze the lime into a beer glass. Fill with ice. Add Tabasco, spiced rum and ginger beer. Top with beer.

Sailor Jerry barbecue sauce
In a medium pot, add 1 liter spiced rum, 4 to 5 quartered oranges, 3 lemons and 2 limes (3 to 4 tablespoons of mixed fruit juice concentrate optional).
Reduce at a rapid boil by about 75 percent or until slightly thickened. Strain and let cool.

Pick your favorite brand of barbecue sauce. In a second pot, bring desired amount of sauce to a slow warm, adding the spiced-rum mixture a little at a time. About 5 to 6 parts barbecue sauce to 1 part rum mixture works well, but taste it along the way to see how you like it. Great on ribs and pulled pork.

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