Looking out of the window, I can quite honestly say this is the most snow I’ve seen in years. The white powdery crap is coming down thick and fast and, most alarmingly of all, settling. That alone is enough to send us Brit’s into a frenzy and render the roads unusable as everyone forgets how to drive in all the chaos. Then, when you do manage to finally get home, you realise that you’ve forgotten to set the timers on your central heating properly so you end up sitting then in your coat and gloves wondering when, exactly, spring is supposed to start again?
But until then, we’ve got a little something to take the cold edge off, especially if you’ve had to leave the house on a day like today.
Hot Buttered Rum is a staple for all bars; the perfect winter defense of rum, calorific butter (you know, in case you get snowed in without food for a bit) and hot, sugary water. Add a bit of cinnamon or nutmeg and baby, you’ve got yourself a tasty cocktail.
Given that there are only 2 ounces of booze in the drink, it’s surprising how strong it actually tastes; the rum is intensified by the heating process and ends up being the dominant flavour overall as well as creating an unexpected depth to the drink. Although a very unusual ingredient, the butter doesn’t overpower but instead adds a buttery texture and gentle flavour note which harmonises with the rum quite well.
If the butter alone isn’t enough for you, you can kick it up a notch by swapping the water for milk instead. The flavour profile remains the same, and you still get the heat of the rum, but it’s creamier and even more sinful. Tastes good though, so I’m not gonna judge.
There’s two ways of serving the butter element; you can either muddle the butter, sugar and spices together in the bottom of the glass before adding the hot water/milk and the rum, or you can mix everything barring the butter together and then float it on top to stir in at your leisure. The former is creamy throughout but the latter lets you mix it as and when you please. We personally floated the butter and gently stirred it in.
It’s definitely a drink for these cold wintery nights; right now, we could probably use a bit of boozy warmth.
♦ 2 ounces dark rum
♦ 4 ounces hot water (or milk)
♦ 1 teaspoon brown sugar
♦ 1 tablespoon butter
Ground nutmeg or cinnamon to serve (Optional)
Pour the rum and sugar into a heatproof glass and top with the water, or milk if using, then float the butter. Stir gently to mix and serve.