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How to Make Bay Rum Aftershave

Bay rum aftershave is traditionally made by a complex distillation process, but you can prepare your own batch using this simplified recipe.


  • Step 1: Place some bay leaves in a jar Place some leaves of the West Indian bay tree, called Pimenta racemosa, in a wide mouth Mason jar.
  • TIP: Don't use bay laurel leaves from the supermarket or you'll end up smelling like soup stock.
  • Step 2: Add spices Add some cloves, crushed allspice berries, and grated ginger to the jar.
  • Step 3: Fill the jar with vodka and rum Fill the jar with a mixture of 5 parts vodka to 1 part Jamaican dark rum and cover the jar with a tightly fitting lid.
  • Step 4: Let the mixture sit Let the rum, leaves, and spices sit in the jar for several weeks in a cool, dark place -- but not a refrigerator! The alcohol will extract the oil from the bay leaves.
  • Step 5: Filter the liquid Filter the liquid through coffee filters until all of the residue is gone. Then place it in an attractive bottle. Splash some on the next time you go out on the town and watch heads turn.
  • FACT: Christopher Columbus landed in Jamaica in 1494.

You Will Need

  • 12 to 16 East Indian bay tree leaves
  • Mason jar and lid
  • 8-10 cloves
  • 1 tbsp. allspice berries
  • 1 tbsp. ginger
  • Vodka
  • Jamaican rum
  • Cool
  • dark place
  • Coffee filters
  • Bottle

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