mxmologo Made from scratch. This is an excellent topic, as it gives me a nudge to stock up on homemade ingredients for the holiday season. Winter is fast approaching, and what better way to welcome the winter months than with some beverages made to ward off the cold, and improve the holiday spirit.

One of my favorite winter drinks is the Hot Buttered Rum. Warm, spicy, sweet, and full of rum, that’s how I like it. Now since this is a made from scratch event, better make sure that your drink is freshly made and full of all the right stuff.

Hot Buttered Rum
2oz dark or spiced rum (I like Sailor Jerry’s or Myers Dark)
4oz hot water, or hot cider
2 heaping barspoons compound butter
Cinnamon Stick

Mix rum, butter, and half the water/cider in an irish coffee glass.
Mix well and fill with water/cider
Grate fresh nutmeg on top and garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired.

This drink will taste the best made with fresh apple cider, but if you don’t have a cider press in your basement, store bought will do.

Compound Butter
1lb butter
2tsp cinnamon
2 tsp nutmeg
2 tsp allspice
1 tsp ground cloves
1 cup brown sugar
1 1/2 cup french vanilla ice cream

Mix well and place in container in the freezer. Use as needed.

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