We're almost there, lovely readers--it's Christmas Eve Eve. As a member of the Other Team, I normally don't care much one way or the other about such things, but this year I have some very fun plans with some people I adore, and thus the Holiday Spirit is upon me.
I hope that you, too, will be spending the holidays with people you love and not people who are crazy. But whether it's the former, latter, or a healthy mix of both, you'll probably want a cocktail, amirite?
There are a lot of fancy Hot Buttered Rum recipes out there (ice cream WTF?), but a good HBR really requires only butter, rum, and hotness. IMHO this one is the best around, because it's simple, delicious, and portable! You can make a huge batch of the butter mixture and keep it in
your purse the fridge or bring it to parties. Then just add rum and hot water! Instant holiday awesomeness, wherever you are! To make it, do the following:
Cream one stick of softened unsalted butter together with 2 cups light brown sugar, a teaspoon of cinnamon, half a teaspoon of nutmeg, and just a pinch each of ground cloves and salt. Refrigerate until it firms up a little.
Scoop ~2 tablespoons of the butter mixture into a mug, and add 2 oz dark-ish rum (just stay away from the silver, really). Top with boiling water, stir, and garnish with a cinnamon stick or star anise if it pleases you. Like I said above, instant holiday awesomeness.
Have a safe, healthy, and happy holiday, everyone!