Monday, January 28, 2013

Beach Beverage: Hot Buttered Rum

Snow on the Water

As the snow fell gently this weekend here in the southeastern portion of Virginia (the first—and hopefully last—snowfall of the year!) it was a great opportunity to curl up by the fire with a hot toddy in hand.  The Ormerod favorite beverage to do that with is a Hot Buttered Rum.  As often happens, my real life overflows into my characters lives and the scene I wrote today had them drinking hot buttered rums.  Aha! I thought to myself.  A perfect blog topic, too! 

So here is the official Ormerod Family Hot Buttered Rum recipe, passed down through the generations.  Enjoy!

To make the rum butter:

1 cup soft butter
2-1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
3/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons rum extract
1 tablespoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves.

Cream butter and brown sugar.  Add all other ingredients and mix well.  Keep in a tightly closed container in the refrigerator until ready to use.

To make a mug of Hot Buttered Rum:

1 tablespoon rum butter (recipe above)
1 ounce dark rum

Fill a mug with boiling water, add the rum butter and dark rum.  Add a dollop of butter on top.  Garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired. 

Note, the drink can be served “virgin” for the under-21 crowd by omitting the dark rum.  

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