Holiday Recipes Round 2: Hot Buttered Rum

Right around Christmas time my family always receives a gift of hot buttered rum batter. Needless to say, I grew up drinking this deliciously buttery drink,  minus the rum of course. This drink has now become part of our family tradition and is now one of my favorite hot toddies. The good thing is that it is quick to make and a great gift. 

Hot Buttered Rum Batter:

1 stick unsalted butter, softened
                                                           1/2 cup light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon cardamom
1/4 teaspoon grated nutmeg
(optional: orange zest and freshly ground pepper)
Pinch ground cloves
Pinch salt
Dark rum

Cream together the butter, sugar, spices, and salt. At this point you can add a pinch of grated orange. 
For gifts: Put the batter in a jar and don't forget the dark rum!
To drink immediately: Dollop about 2 tablespoons of the batter into a small mug. Pour in 2 ounces of rum, top with boiling water, stir, and enjoy! 
*The batter is addictive

Recipe and Picture curtesy of the Kitchn

Side note: Esquire's article about Hot Buttered Rum hilariously describes the butter (in the recipe) may be there only to "lubricate for your mustache"

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