The tree is decorated, the kids are in bed, so it’s time to kick back and enjoy some holiday cheer: a Hot Buttered Rum. I like this one from Appleton Estate. It’s strong in a good, I’m-so-done-with-Christmas-decorating kind of way. It takes a bit of time to prepare the cocktail base, but it’s worth the effort.
Reserve Jamaican Hot Buttered Rum
Large batch recipe for cocktail base:
2-1/2 cups brown sugar
1/4 lb. butter
Pinch of Salt
4 oz fresh apple cider
1/2 oz fresh extracted ginger juice
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 tsp. allspice
In a sauce pan over low heat, blend the above ingredients and bring to a boil before removing from the heat. Let cool and store in refrigerator. The base will last four days in the fridge or one month in the freezer.
Individual cocktail recipe:
Using this above prepared cocktail base, select an appropriate mug. Then add:
2 heaping tbsp. of the cocktail base
2 oz AppletonEstate Reserve rum
Approximately 6 oz hot water, stir
Garnish: Cinnamon Stick
Mmmmm … I toast you, fake tree.