In truth, this is actually two recipes: it yields a fruit syrup that is a stunning Day-Glo red starter for bubbling cold beverages, and also its by-product—my most favorite strawberry jam to date. Absolutely do not discard the macerated fruit.
Got a little Captain in you? Here’s a way to find out: Create your own spiced rum and put it up against the popular commercial brands. I can pretty much guarantee that you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how good it is.