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Alcohol-Free Rum

By Cook's Illustrated Published January 2017

Dark rum adds depth and complexity to cakes, sauces, and—of course—eggnog. However, if you don’t want to use rum or don’t want to make a trip to the store, here’s how you can fashion a rum substitute from pantry ingredients.

Combine 2/3 cup boiling water, 1/4 cup raisins, 2 tablespoons butter, 4 teaspoons molasses, and pinch salt in bowl. Submerge 1 black tea bag in water mixture for 4 minutes. Refrigerate for 1 hour to let flavors meld. Strain and use in place of dark rum.