Saturday, November 20, 2010

Weekend Cocktails: Hot Buttered Rum

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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  1. Oh, I made this for the first time last year and loved it! thanks for the reminder! happy weekend, anne

  2. I can't beleive I've never had one of this. I must fix that soon, don't you think?

  3. Have mercy! This looks SO good...and festive. I just pulled all of my holiday beverage/cocktail recipes from my files this afternoon. I'll have to add this one!

    I hope that you're having a wonderful weekend. I bet you're busy gearing up for Thanksgiving. : )

  4. Why have I never heard of this before??? Geez guess I've been under a rock, sounds delish, oh boy can't wait to try it = )

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