Dancing with the flavors of the tropics is simple when mangoes are on hand. This upside-down cake offers a dazzling showcase -- the ripe fruit nestles in a simple caramel, its golden hues and honeyed taste deepening as it bakes. Banana and rum add more tropical notes and help keep the cake moist, from first bite to last crumb.
Whether golden or white, spiced or not, rum makes a great addition to any cocktail. It's toasty in a warming nightcap or cooling in refreshing tropical drink. So grab a cocktail umbrella and get sippin'.
Consider this pie from our Pies & Tarts book comfort food for grown-ups. Rum adds a spirited kick to both the custard filling and the whipped cream topping. A vanilla bean does double duty, as well: Its seeds dot the filling, and the pod infuses the whipped cream topping with a delicate flavor.
Make your Christmas cookie exchange party even more merry with one of these fun and festive drinks. Choose from rum punch, white cranberry cosmopolitans, champagne cocktails, nonalcoholic pomegranate sparklers, and many more.