24 September 2014

Old J Spiced Rum - Goodie bag giveaway and recipe competition NOW CLOSED

Rum, oh how I love thee (responsibly of course). Beach sunsets, winter afternoons, tipple-laced truffles and of course as a port-work prandial. I'm not sure what it is that attracts me the tittivating temptation - it's probably the smooth flavour reminiscent of a spiced cake or gingerbread cookie combined with a smooth liquer. Old J is divine, like sipping fragrant cake, perfect in a take on Espresso Martini: A shot of good coffee, mixed with a tot of Old J, and mixed with warm frothy milk softly spiced with cinnamon. Autumnal heaven.

There's even a touch of historical fascination to this spirit - in 1740 Admiral Edward Vernon enforced a reduction in the strength of the British Navy´s rum ration. When his men complained, Vernon suggested the addition of limes and sugar to make the drink more enjoyable. This is a 21st Century refresh of the concept, and it is delicious.

The kind team at Old J have teamed up with myself and a few handpicked bloggers to roll out a nationwide competition for the best recipe using rum (with an initial goodie bag for one of my lovely readers simply for taking part). They want to end up with a bevy of delicious recipes (one from each blog) to culminate in a final in Manchester to be judged by a panel including Debbie Halls-Evans, winner of The Taste and Dave Marsland aka The Drinks Enthusiast. The blogger and the winner of the final will each win dinner for two at Manchester House, UK travel and accommodation in Manchester.

If (like myself) you're not a cook, don't worry you can still enter the initial Old J goodie pack draw and we can use my delectable chocolate rum truffle recipe that I have always adored. So simple, and yet such melt in the mouth deliciousness.

Excuse the terrible photo, they never ever last long enough in our house to get a decent photo...

How To Enter: 
  • Simply complete the Rafflecopter widget below to verify your entries 
  • Entries can be via blog comment, Bloglovin' Twitter etc 
  • Leaving a blog comment is mandatory and failure to do so will void any other entries 
  • Closing date -  midnight 10th October 2014

*Terms and conditions*
  1. One initial prize winner of one pack of Old J Spiced Rum goodies.
  2. The winning entry will be verified and if not correctly actioned the prize may be redrawn.
  3. Entries must be made by readers 18 years or over.
  4. The winner will be contacted by email within 36 hours of the end of the competition requesting contact details and the initial parcel dispatched by the Old J Rum company (and affiliates). Subsequent events and dates will be confirmed by the Old J Rum team. Adventures of a London Kiwi accepts no liability on behalf of this competition, but will endeavour to assist in any way possible.

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  1. I think I like to drink it most, but stirred into icecream (lactose free of course) it's pretty good with a few other bits too.

  2. My favourite rum drink is just a classic dark and stormy! x

  3. I'd probably try to put it in a cake.

  4. I do love rum...I think a yummy coconut flavoured rum shake would be my fav!

  5. I make rum truffles every xmas

  6. A little bit of rum in chocolate mousse

  7. Cant go wrong with run truffles really, just came across your blog, I just moved to London from NZ :) xx


  8. Rum Baba with raspberries

  9. Rum truffles definitely :)

  10. Actually I've never cooked with it but I've seen a good looking rum and banana bread recipe Id love to try

  11. Travel from Australia?

  12. I love rum truffles :)!

  13. I love the classic rum and coke.

  14. Oh, yum yum yum. Rum is one of my favourite drinks (strange for someone who rarely drinks but I love the taste). I like rum and coke but a well made rum truffle is the best.

  15. Oh this is a great giveaway, love me a splash of rum!

  16. I made some awesome rum and raisin protein frozen yogurt once, with rum soaked raisins in it and a scoop of rum and raisin protein powder.

  17. I love to add it on to a chocolate cake!

  18. Choc n rum bananas. Take 4 bananas. Slit, still in skin, along one edge. Either push chocolate buttons or chocolate spread into slit. In a separate bowl, stir together 2 tbsp honey, good slosh Old J Spiced Rum and cinnamon to taste. Coat bananas in mixture. Wrap in foil. Bake for 25 mins at 180 or barbecue for 15. Serves four with vanilla ice cream and, if you like, a dollop of cream whipped up with more rum :)

  19. My rum cheescake recipe is delicious xx

  20. I make a wicked chocolate cake with rum in - delicious! Hic .. Hic ....!


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