Rum raisin ice cream

Rum raisin ice cream recipe

Rum raisin ice cream is a classic ice cream flavour that will bring childhood memories flooding back. I’m sure growing up I ate versions which were artificially flavoured but I loved them nevertheless. This is a grown-up version that is laced with spiced rum so might not be good for children.

Adding too much rum to an ice cream mix can create ice crystals and negatively alter the texture, so it’s best to allow the rum to soak into the raisins over a few days. I went with three which might seem overly aggressive but trust me, the raisins soaking in advance makes the world of difference. The ice cream base will need time to chill overnight for the flavours to infuse, but all this extra time ensures you have a very delicious treat. 

Rum raisin ice cream recipe

I decided to make a cooked custard ice cream because I like the richness of all the eggs in this recipe. It carries the rum well. I generally prefer an uncooked ice cream base as I find it fresher. If you have been following me for a while you will know I adore making ice cream and all my ice cream recipes can be found here.

Rum raisin ice cream recipe

A few more of my favourite ice cream recipes:

Millionaires shortbread ice cream (video)

Grapefruit & Campari sorbet

The best ever ginger miso ice cream (vegan)

Coffee tequila ice cream with smashed malted chocolates

Blueberry ice cream with maple and cinnamon

Rum raisin ice cream recipe

Recipe – Makes about 750ml

Rum raisin ice cream

A delicious and classic rum raisin ice cream that really soaks up the rum flavour. 
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Rum raisin ice cream recipe


  •  1 cup raisins and sultanas
  • 1/3 cup dark spiced rum
  • 6 egg yolks
  • ¾ cup sugar
  • 2 cups of full cream milk
  • 2 cups of cream whipping or double
  • 1 Tbsp vanilla extract
  • 50 ml dark rum


  • Add 1/3 of a cup of rum to the raisins, and cover and allow to soak covered at room temperature for 3 – 4 days. Stir a couple of times a day and when you remember.
  • To make the cooked ice cream base custard, whisk the egg yolks with the sugar until pale and fluffy. About 3-4 minutes
  • Add the milk and egg/sugar mixture to a medium pot and heat over low stirring almost continuously until the custard thickens and coats the back of a spoon. About 15 minutes.
  • Strain the mixture through a fine sieve and add the cream, vanilla, and rum. Place a piece of cling film over the surface to prevent a skin from forming and chill in the fridge for a few hours or overnight. This also allows the flavours to infuse.
  • Process the ice cream through your food processor and when it's ready add the soaked raisin until evenly distributed. Decant into a freezer-safe dish (a metal loaf tin or bowl works well) and freeze until it firms up.
Author: Sam Linsell


*This recipe was developed for Raisins South Africa



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  1. OMG Sam, I last tasted Rum n Raisin ice cream in Hermanus on the beach when I was 10!

  2. Ursula Boutry says:

    How much cream?

  3. Hi Ursula, thanks so much for pointing this out. Its 2 cups and I have updated the recipe.

  4. Thanks Julian. I feel it is such a nostalgic flavour and I hadn’t had it since forever either. Love your memory of Hermanus beach

  5. wow, this looks good. I remember as a kid choking on this ice cream, but I am older now, and would appreciate those wonderful, rum-soaked raisins! Beautiful photos.

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