This is the kind of drink that warms you from the inside out. It scales down easily,
making it a nice evening treat when you’re not entertaining, and the rum can be omitted for little ones.
In a medium bowl, mash the butter, vanilla, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and a pinch of salt together with a fork.
Bring the apple cider to a simmer in a 4-quart saucepan over medium heat.
Pour 3 Tbs. of rum into each of 8 to 10 Irish coffee mugs (or similar). Distribute the cider among the mugs (about 1/3 to 1/2 cup each). Stir about 1 Tbs. of the spiced butter into each (there will be extra) and add a cinnamon stick. Dollop with whipped cream, if using, and serve.
Make Ahead Tips
The flavored butter can be made up to 1 week ahead; refrigerate and return to room temperature before using.
nutrition information (per serving):
11, Fat Calories
100, Saturated Fat
0, Monounsaturated Fat
19, Polyunsaturated Fat
Photo: Scott Phillips