Food Lifestyle


By on 21st December 2017

Say Good Bye to dry boring Turkey this Christmas with Takamaka Rum! This recipe is based on a turkey sized 4-5kgs – it’s so easy, no fuss and super tasty.


4-5kg Turkey

1 teaspoon of mixed spice

1 teaspoon of dried sage

3 cloves of garlic, peeled & crushed

1 teaspoon salt

Pepper to taste

Glaze Ingredients:

350ml Takamaka Extra Dark Rum (we used Extra Dark, but Takamaka White Rum is just as good)

1/2 cup butter

1/2 cup honey

1 clove of garlic, peeled & crushed

2 tablespoons of orange juice

2 teaspoons grated orange zest

1/2 teaspoon of salt

Preheat oven to 225 °C

Make Glaze:
In small saucepan, over a medium heat, add the honey, crushed garlic, orange zest and orange juice, salt and Takamaka Extra Dark Rum. Bring to a gentle simmer for 1 minute and then add the butter stirring briskly. When the mixture begins to thicken and bubble, remove from heat let it cool while preparing the rest of the turkey.

Rinse turkey in cold water and pat dry with paper towel, fill with your favourite stuffing and place it in the roasting pan. Place the butter on a small dish and sprinkle over the salt and pepper, mixed spice, sage and crushed garlic. With clean hands! Rub the butter/spice mixture into the turkey skin all over but concentrating on the breast and thighs. Spoon half the glaze evenly over the turkey, coating breast, wings, legs & thighs well. Cover with a tent of aluminium foil and place the turkey in a very hot oven (225 °C) for 30 minutes.  Reduce the heat to 180 °C and roast for 2 hours or according to the cooking directions for your turkey, after 1 hour baste with half the remaining glaze and replace the foil  – at 30mins left of cooking time remove the foil and baste with remaining glaze. Remove turkey from oven cover loosely with the foil and let stand for 15 minutes before carving.

Skim excess fat from the pan juices and strain to remove lumps  – this delicious juice can either be served as is – or you can use the drippings & juices to make an amazing gravy.

Your work is done – time to sit back, relax and enjoy a glass of the leftover Takamaka Extra Dark Rum! Fa La La La – La La La LA!