I left town for literally one day and came back to a 40 degree drop in temperature. Good times.
Among the other things that have to change with this temperature drop? My drink preferences.
The evening before my short trip, I looked at my bottle o’ rum, looked at the internet, looked back at my bottle o’rum and contemplated what kind of cool and refreshing beverage I could concoct (I was lamenting my lack of Ginger Beer that would have allowed for a Dark & Stormy). My quest led me past more than a few hot-rum drinks which, in the midst of weather that felt–in the words of a friend of mine–“like armpit”, sounded disgusting.
Tonight however? Bring on the Hot Buttered Rum, y’all.
This is actually my first attempt at this particular drink. Usually, I resort to hot rum drinks to alleviate the results of a close, personal encounter with the rhino-virus, and “butter” + “snot” is not really what I’m after. Tonight, for once, I don’t care if the dairy element generates additional phlegm. So I combined a few recipes and ad-hoc’d the rest. 1 T Butter, 1.25 tsp Cloves, 1.25 tsp cinnamon, dash of nutmeg, dash of all spice, 2 T brown sugar, 2 oz rum and hot water to fill the mug. I think I should have cut back slightly on the cloves and added just a touch more butter, but otherwise, this is quite tasty.
Is this healthy? Hell no.
Is it keeping me warm as this first legitimate winter blast sets in? Yup.