Hot buttered rum. A warm drink made from butter, brown sugar and a few typical spices - cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, allspice - oh yeah. And rum.
It's a delicious, heartwarming winter drink that is just perfect for the adults over the holidays. Though it is traditionally made with plain water, I thought why not make it with apple cider?
Careful. These go down real smooth, especially on a cold night, but they are rich and with a punch. Enjoy, but drink responsibly!
Hot Buttered Rum
From the Kitchen of Deep South Dish
1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter
1 cup dark brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
Couple dashes of allspice
4 cups of apple cider
1 cup rum
Vanilla ice cream or whipped cream
Fresh grated whole nutmeg, for garnish
Whole cinnamon sticks, for garnish, optional
In a large sauce pan, melt the butter over medium low heat. Whisk together the brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and allspice. Add to the butter and whisk until well blended. Turn the heat to medium high and whisk in the apple cider, a little at a time. Bring up to a boil, reduce heat and simmer about 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in the rum.
To serve, loosely fill each mug or glass about 1/3 full of ice cream or whipped cream. Slowly pour the buttered rum over the cream to fill the glass. Do not stir. Grate fresh nutmeg over top. Add a cinnamon stick for garnish if desired.
Makes about 8 to 10, depending on the size of glass used.
Adults only. Drink responsibly.
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