I know. This is late. Very late. But I’m doing this again this year anyway. :P
I soaked dried fruits in rum and orange curacao the day before yesterday. Grated apple, lemon zest and orange zest were added as well as spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice (based on the recipe posted by Canarybird on this site.)
I know. I wish I did this earlier, at least in mid. November. (Last year I did it at the end of October but I totally forgot about it this year!) But I didn’t want to skip this ritual because baking Xmas fruitcake has already become my personal tradition with some special feelings I have developed for "a cake that gets tastier with time." Well, there seem to be several fruitcake recipes on the net that tell you to soak dried fruits just overnight or a couple of days. So I thought maybe soaking the fruits for 1 week and maturing the cake for about 10 days could be a tolerable idea. That's what I'm going to do this year...
I used “dried fruits mix” and “raisin mix” and not exactly sure what kind of fruit bits are included in these mixes. Next year I want to start earlier, and take time to choose my favorite fruits only.