Rum is a very popular flavoring for sweets in France, where the rum of choice is dark, never sweet, and often aged. This kind of rum is not used for mixed cocktails, but is sipped as a digestif after dinner. While your desserts will be delicious if you use a dark rum from Myers or Bacardi, two brands that are affordable, and easily available here, they will be fabulous if you splurge on an aged brown rum. Aged rum is expensive, but it can be kept for a long time (in a cool, dark place), and, while it is used sparingly, its effect is dramatic.

Dorie Greenspan

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