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Hot Buttered Rum Apple Cider

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Serves 8 to 10

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.

  • 6 oz. (12 Tbs.) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 tsp. vanilla paste or extract
  • 1 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • Kosher salt
  • 1-1/2 quarts apple cider
  • 1-1/2 to 2 cups gold rum, such as Bacardi Gold; more to taste
  • 8 to 10 long cinnamon sticks
  • whipped cream, for serving (optional)

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):
Calories (kcal): 250, Fat (kcal): 11, Fat Calories (g): 100, Saturated Fat (g): 7, Protein (g): 0, Monounsaturated Fat (g): 3, Carbohydrates (mg): 19, Polyunsaturated Fat (mg): 0, Sodium (g): 20, Cholesterol (g): 30, Fiber (g): 0,

Photo: Scott Phillips

Tried this on a bunch of friends at the beach in Michigan's Harbor Country-- all agreed it's delicious-- not overly boozy, but rich, warming, and fragrant. The chemistry works too-- many of the flavor compounds in the spices dissolve better in butter and alcohol than in plain rum. Tastes good, scientifically! Also, I loved the author's comment about how it helps her family simmer down-- I'm going to try this on my in-laws.

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