Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Hot buttered spiced apple cider with rum


How can it be that this is only the second drink containing alcohol that I've shared on this blog?!? I mean, really? I guess it's mainly because my husband and I are generally boring drinkers - beer, whiskey on the rocks, or the occasional glass of wine. We don't really make a lot of mixed drinks except when he whips up a martini every now and again... However, I think it's time to change that. 

I've been wanting to try a buttered rum or hot toddy or some other warm and festive drink for a while now. This drink is a combination of hot buttered rum and hot spiced apple cider and it's delicious - so perfect for the holidays or any cold evening. A lot of the recipes I read for buttered rum were loaded with butter and brown sugar! My version is lighter on both of those and will make two drinks. The addition of butter is just enough to add a touch of creaminess and froth to the drink. 

I'm sharing this cocktail recipe today in celebration of 5 years of this blog! I never imagined I'd still be blogging about recipes and, even crazier, that I don't see an end in sight - I still have so many recipes I want to make and share! I'm thrilled to have "met" so many fantastic, creative, and inspiring people through this medium. I truly thank all of you who stop by and read, leave comments, share and talk on social media, etc. So this drink is a toast to all of you! Cheers!


Hot buttered spiced apple cider with rum
2 cups apple cider
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
good pinch of ground allspice
dash of ground ginger
1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg, plus more for garnish
1 tablespoon light brown sugar
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 oz. (or 3 oz. for a stronger drink) dark rum

Combine all of the ingredients except the rum in a small pot. Place over medium-low heat and warm while whisking vigorously until the mixture just comes to a boil. You want the sugar to be dissolved and the butter to be combined and frothy. Quickly whisk in the rum and remove from the heat. 

Pour into two glasses and top with an extra bit of freshly grated nutmeg. 


What was I cooking one year ago?: sauerkraut two ways 
Two years ago?: celery root & parsnip latkes with horseradish sour cream 
Three?: mixed mushroom ragu with pasta 
Four?: pumpkin risotto 
5?: lemon poppy seed muffins  

19 comments:

  1. Wow, 5 years?!?!? That is amazing - congratulations! And this is the perfect drink to celebrate with. I'll join you for a virtual cocktail. =) Cheers!

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  2. Congrats on 5 years! That's a huge milestone. Glad you don't see an end in sight. And glad to see this drink! It's a real favorite of mine, and I haven't had one for ages. Yours looks perfect -- thanks.

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  3. Congrats on 5 years - that's amazing!! Time flies, huh? Great cider idea!!

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  4. I love apple cider during this time of year and congratulations on your 5 year blogiversary!

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  5. Thanks for the toast! Cheers! and Happy 5th year blogiversary !

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  6. Happy Blogiversary! Hope to see more cocktails (in addition to the delicious food) in the years to come :)

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  7. Happy anniversary to your blog! I'll hit 5 years, too, in March :) We're the same way about drinks...I'll have a glass of wine and the hubby has a beer. But I love specialty drinks for parties...and your boozy apple cider sounds wonderful!

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  8. Amy, HUGE Congrats on 5 years!
    I would love a glass of your tasty warming drink! Looks so tempting!

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  9. This is a fabulous drink for the holidays!! Also, big congrats of 5 years!! So exciting :)

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  10. One of my very favorite drinks but have never made it for myself. Thanks for the recipe!

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  11. CONGRATULATIONS! What jazzy drink for the holiday. Ho Ho Ho
    and a bottle of rum. Well Santa does say Ho Ho Ho-----but the bottle of rum is off the record. But he wld rather find this waiting for him sometimes instead of all that milk.

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  12. Congrats lady, I wish I could give you some confetti brownies! This is such a great Winter drink, perfect for holiday parties!

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  13. Well, if you're going to do cider, this is the way to do it! It sounds so rich and comforting.

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  14. Congratulations on your five years of blogging, that is terrific. Thanks for sharing your recipe…perfect for a cold winter night here in New England.

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  15. Happy 5th year of blogging. Love this recipe. Perfect for chilly nights. Can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for sharing:)

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  16. Congrats on 5 years!!! That is amazing! This rum apple cider looks perfect for these cold winter nights!

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  17. Happy five years of blogging!! That is awesome. And yay for getting all boozed up in celebration. This sounds fabulous.

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