Christmas Cocktail ~ Hot Buttered Rum

Wow, can you believe it?  Christmas is just around the corner now and I’m sure many of you are still in frenzy-mode trying to get those last minute items taken care of; I know I am!  The holidays can be a wee bit hectic with all of the gift buying and wrapping, cooking, decorating, entertaining and those annoying wonderful Christmas tunes we hear everywhere we go on constant mind-numbing repeat.

Drinking a mug of hot buttered rum is like settling down in an armchair in front of the fire with a toasting fork, except that it’s all in a mug.  It also contains maple syrup which is scientifically proven to make everything all better!

HOT BUTTERED RUM

1 tsp unsalted butter, softened
1 tsp maple syrup
½ tsp ground allspice
50ml/2fl oz golden rum
apple juice, warmed, to top up
cinnamon stick, to garnish                                                                                                                                   whipped cream
freshly grated nutmeg, to garnish

Place the butter into your favorite coffee mug (a clear glass one if you have it), then add the maple syrup, allspice and rum.

Top up with warmed apple juice and mix it in with a spoon until the butter has melted and emulsified in the liquid (like mixing a salad dressing).

Using a lighter or gas hob/stove, lightly warm the cinnamon stick (be careful not to burn it).

Add the cinnamon stick as a stirrer, top with whipped cream and garnish with fresh grated nutmeg.

Sit back and enjoy your mug of comfort.

hot-buttered-rum

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