What's the difference among rum, sherry, and brandy?

I'm still in high school (quite underage), so I don't know much about liquor.
A few recipes that I'm planning to make this Thanksgiving asks for alcohol (such as the "Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with Sherry" and the "Pear, Brandy, and Walnut Cranberry Sauce"), but I only have aged Zaya Rum in my house. I was wondering whether these recipes would taste fine with rum substituted (or white wine?), or if it'd be better to simply omit the alcohol.

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Catherine,Lamb
Catherine,Lamb November 26, 2013

Sherry and brandy are both fermented wines, made from grapes, whereas rum is a totally different spirit made from sugar cane. The taste between rum and the other two is quite different, so I would recommend omitting it. Just make sure to taste and adjust seasonings before serving!

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nutcakes
nutcakes November 26, 2013

I would just find another butternut squash soup, there are so many variations. Sherry has a more delicate flavor than rum. I do think the rum would work well in the cranberry sauce, it goes well with fruits.

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dymnyno
dymnyno November 26, 2013

Sherry is definitely much different tasting than rum. If you buy a bottle of sherry, you will waste the rest of the bottle because it doesn't keep. If you buy a bottle of rum, it will keep forever. And, actually if you used a little rum in the butternut soup it will probably be delicious..especially if you use a dark rum with the flavor of molasses and dark brown sugar.

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