It’s getting cooler out there…and I’m loving it! Big sweater weather, cozy blankets, lots-of -snuggles weather. Oh yeah, and soup weather and warm-the-cockles-of-your-soul weather.
During last year’s cool-ish season, a good friend of mine and I attempted to make a Hot Buttered Rum. Honestly, could just the name of that be any better? It’s a drink that has butter in the title, for pete’s sake.
So, we tried it one night and it was a total and absolute epic fail. Too watery, too weird. Not buttery and certainly not appealing. Both of our husbands said it resembled something like sewer water. So much for that recipe. We remained hopeful that we would find the perfect recipe and I’m hoping THIS newfound one is it….
Coincidentally, the cookbook (drink book?) that this new recipe hails from is by a woman I know who is, of all things, a mixologist. There’s a cool title for a business card: Mixologist. It just sounds fun. Natalie Bovis has written a unique book called Edible Cocktails and she was lovely enough to send me a copy to peruse and try. If you like serving creative and truly interesting drinks at your gatherings, then snag yourself a copy of this book. It would also make a great holiday gift-just sayin’. Christmas is a mere two months away (yikes! did I just say that out loud?), so pair it with some gorgeous drinking glasses and you have a gift for someone that will be used and enjoyed. She covers all the seasons, basics for syrups and flavors, tips for “greening” your bar and the creations in here are nicely different. Ummm…hello…there’s a drink called a Smoked Bacon-Washed Bourbon. Wow. Serve that one up.
And here’s to my friend B…may there be many girls’ nights ahead, complete with our good Hot Buttered Rums. After this drink, there will be no shivering of one’s timbers.
Harvest Hot-Buttered Rum, courtesy of Edible Cocktails
1.5 ounces spiced rum
.75 ounces apple cider
.25 ounce fresh lemon juice
.50 ounce honey syrup
3 ounces it water
Garnish: 1 tsp. cinnamon butter (whip 1 stick of unsalted butter with .25 cup white sugar and 2 tsp. ground cinnamon)
Pour all ingredients except for garnish into a heat-resistant bar mug. To with at of butter. Sprinkle with cinnamon.
(Honey syrup: 1 part honey, 1 part water. Slowly heat honey and water in a small saucepan, stirring often, until nearly boiling. Let cool, then store in a sealable bottle. Refrigerate.)
…more drink recipes will be posted in the coming weeks for the upcoming holidays!