Spiked Cheesecake

December 15, 2012


  • 1 1/4 cups graham cracker crumbs

  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted

  • 3 pkgs. (8 oz. each) cream cheese, at room temperature

  • 1 cup sugar, divided

  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature

  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour

  • 1/3 cup and 1 tablespoon Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum separated

  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, divided

  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided

  • 1 cup whipping cream


  • Preheat oven to 300°. Pour graham cracker crumbs into a 6 1/2-in.-diameter springform pan with a rim at least 3 in. high; add butter and stir to mix. Press mixture evenly over bottom and 1/2 in. up side of pan.

  • In a large bowl, with a mixer on medium speed, beat cream cheese and 3/4 cup sugar until smooth. Add eggs 1 at a time, beating well after each addition and scraping down inside of bowl as needed. Beat in flour, brandy, and 1 tsp. nutmeg and ½ tsp cinnamon just until incorporated. Pour into crust-lined pan and bake until small cracks are visible on sides but center jiggles when cake is gently shaken, 40 to 50 minutes.

  • Run a thin-bladed spatula between cheesecake and pan rim. Put cheesecake on a rack and let cool completely. Cover and chill until cold, at least 3 hours.

  • Remove pan rim. If any moisture has collected on cake, gently blot dry with a paper towel. Cut cake slices with a serrated knife, running knife under hot water and wiping clean after each slice.

  • In a small bowl, whisk together cream, tablespoon of rum and remaining 1/4 cup sugar until stiff peaks form. Dollop whipped cream onto cheesecake and sprinkle with remaining 1/2 tsp. cinnamon.

  • Tip: Run a spatula around the inside of the pan just after baking to help the cheesecake firm up without cracking.

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