I don’t know about you but I am ready for spring to arrive, when I can enjoy the veranda in more comfortable temperatures. It seems like warm weather is never going to get here. During one of our recent cold spells, I had to move the veranda indoors. After a rather cold and blustery day, I was in the mood for a drink but it was too cold for a brew. So I decided to try something entirely different to warm me up on a chilly evening – Hot Buttered Rum.
There were many different recipes to choose from but a quick search on the Food Network returned what looked like a choice, Hot Buttered Rum, courtesy of Rachael Ray. We even had all the ingredients in the pantry. With the spices used the result reminded me of fall harvest time but overall, I think the flavors were too rich. I would definitely try another cold weather beverage. Maybe next time I will try hot cider with rum.
Hot Buttered Rum
2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
1/4 cup honey
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup spiced rum
2 cups boiling water
4 sticks cinnamon, for garnish
Using an electric mixer, beat the brown sugar, butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl until blended and smooth. Transfer the mixture to a 4-cup (or larger) measuring cup. Add the rum and then 2 cups of boiling water. Stir until the butter mixture dissolves. Divide the buttered rum among 4 mugs. Garnish with the cinnamon sticks and serve.