Some tree-trimming cheer: Hot Buttered Rum

 

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.

Appleton Estate makes a mean Hot Buttered Rum. Photo courtesy Appleton Estate Reserve.

 

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.

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