Hot Buttered Apple & Rum
Traditional Hot Buttered Rum is a great winter warmer and never fails to get one in the mood of the season. However, I do have a small problem with the classic recipe, its largest volume ingredient is water. I don’t know what comes out of your tap but my water is rather lacking in the flavor department. Luckily, there is a logical addition to this warming cocktail that has an affinity with both the season and Rum, apple cider.
1 stick of quality, unsalted butter - softened
2 cups of brown sugar
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of grated nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon of ground allspice
pinch of ground cloves
This hot and tasty beverage is great any time the temperature dips and it's a superb idea at holiday gatherings as it is easy to scale up for any size group.
This cocktail does require a bit of kitchen work but it’s simple work and it can done well in advance. Cream together the softened butter with the sugar and spices. (Creaming simply means that you whisk the ingredients together until uniform with the sugar dissolved into the butter.) Refrigerate the butter mixture until firm.
When it’s time to enjoy be sure to have your apple cider warmed. Cut or spoon two teaspoons of your spiced butter in to a mug. Add two ounces of Dark Rum and top with four ounces of hot cider. Stir and serve.
There are many alternate versions of the classic Hot Buttered Rum. I like our version as the bright fruit and natural acidity of the apple cider offers balance without demising the decadent joy of melted spiced butter.