• 2 large apples, washed, cored, and cut into chunks
  • 2 large pears, washed, cored, and cut into chunks
  • 4 plums, washed, pitted, and cut into chunks
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • 10 whole cloves
  • 5 cinnamon sticks
  • 1 l light or golden rum


  • If you have a large jar with a tight-fitting lid, combine the apples, pears, plums, peppercorns, cloves, cinnamon sticks, and rum in that. If not, combine all the ingredients in a very clean stockpot with a lid. Make sure that all the ingredients are covered with the spirits, as the alcohol is a preservative.
  • Allow the ingredients to infuse for 2 weeks in the refrigerator. After 2 weeks, strain the mixture through a colander and discard the solids.
  • Strain it again through a colander lined with cheesecloth to remove any fine sediment, and decant it into a clean glass jar. Store in a cool, dark place and use within 6 months, for peak flavour.


Makes 1 quart / 950 milliliters rum pot.

This recipe, and more great recipes from Noel, can be found in his new book The Irish Pantry: Traditional Breads, Preserves and Goodies to Feed the Ones You Love by Noel McMeel with Lynn Marie Hulsman.