As the nights draw in, a rum cocktail is a wonderful way to warm yourself inside.
Hot buttered rum
Originally intended for medicinal purposes, this warming drink dates back to the 1650s.
- 2 teaspoons soft brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, softened
- 3 drops vanilla extract
- 1 stick cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 60mls dark rum
- 120ml water
Combine the butter, vanilla, sugar and spices well. Combine rum and 2 tablespoons of the spiced butter mixture in a heatproof mug or glass. Top with hot water and stir until all ingredients are well combined. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve.
Did you know?
Rum is the oldest spirit in the world. It has been used as a medicine; doctors prescribed it as an antiseptic and for disease control, while pirates drank it to prevent disease like flu and scurvy. It was even used as a stress reliever until 1917, when the American Medical Association stated ‘its use in therapeutics as a tonic or similar or for food has no scientific value’.