*as posted in DigBoston
Look who finally decided to blow into town? It’s Old Man Winter in all his glory, causing a curmudgeonly ruckus with low temperatures and even lower wind chill factors. At times like these we need to refocus on the little things that can bring joy, such as a delightful hot cocktail on a snowy winter’s day. A favorite among these is Hot Buttered Rum.
Butter and hot drinks is a tradition that dates back to the days of Henry VIII, when buttered beer or ale was recommended as a remedy for hoarseness. Where and when spirits entered the equation is unclear, and by the pre-Prohibition golden age of cocktails, most imbibers eschewed this delightful buttery treat for Hot Scotch. A few still swore by it – as we continue to today.
Hot Buttered Rum is even celebrated with its own national holiday, January 17. We’re not sure who declared it, but it certainly gives us something to look forward to on such cold, dark days.
This recipe is a favorite of our pal Adam Lantheaume, proprietor of The Boston Shaker in Davis Square. He can probably hook you up with an appropriate mug from which to sip such a libation, too.
Hot Buttered Rum
2 heaping tablespoons batter*
1 1/2 ounces aged rum
2-3 ounces of boiling water
In a pre-heated coffee mug combine 2 heaping tablespoons batter with 1 1/2 ounces rum. Top with boiling water and stir well to mix. Serve with a spoon.
*Hot Buttered Rum Batter
1 lb light brown sugar
1/2 lb unsalted butter (softened)
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
2 teaspoons vanilla extract
In a mixing bowl beat together softened butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract and spices until well combined. Refrigerate in an airtight reusable container for up to a month, or place in your freezer until ready to use.
If you can, make the batter in advance so the spices have an opportunity to get to know each other. Be sure to remove batter from refrigerator at least six
hours prior to serving to allow it to soften.
There’s no real wrong way to enjoy warm boozy pancake juice. There is definently a right way, however, and that’s at the Omni Mt. Washington Resort lounge, built into an actual cave. Just sayin’.