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Feb 20, 2008 07:16 PM

Alcohol recommendations for desserts

I was wondering if someone could recommend me a 1) rum and 2) vodka. These items are specifically making desserts like sorbets, cakes and such. I don't mind spending the extra money, as I'm sure a single bottle will last me a very long time. Thanks!

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  1. I'd be reluctant to go for the "best" with a booze whose flavor is going to be largely obscured by other flavors. Go for moderately-priced. It will be good in your desserts, and it's still ok if you need it for drinks in a pinch.

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    1. re: Kagey

      This is so true... a bit different than the wine philosophy of "cook with what you'd drink." In addition to Myer's, I like Tortuga.

    2. My standard rum for sweets is Myer's. You don't necessarily need a high-end rum, just something with deep flavor. As for vodkas, I have never made sweets with vodka so don't really know what to recommend there, but I find that Svedka is just fine for making penne with!

      1. Second on the Meyers dark rum. As for vodka, would use the same rationale as for wine, you want to cook with something you would drink, but it doesn't have to be costly. Would assume you are looking for non flavored vodka, would go with Smirnoff blue label, Finlandia, Absolut or something of that nature.

        1. I find that cooking with rum or other sugar-cane based liquors is better than with other spirits such as vodka, gin, or whiskey.

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          1. re: Sam Fujisaka

            While your in the liquor section pick up a grand marnier for some crepe suzette's

          2. There is a coconut flavored rum that might be nice in desserts. I can't remember the name right now but it starts with an M and comes in a white kind of ceramic looking bottle.

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            1. re: grumpyoldman

              That would be malibu -- I've never cooked with it, but it's great with pineapple juice :)

              1. re: grumpyoldman

                I love Malibu and use it in desserts fairly often. If you're just looking for one standard rum and vodka, though, this isn't it -- but if you like to make tropical or coconutty flavored desserts, it's great.