Here in Seattle, we’re battening down the hatches in preparation for Snowmageddon: The Return. In the calm before the storm, I took a short trail ride in the snow, and now that I’m back, I’m in need of a warming drink.
Happily, I already had some hot buttered rum batter in my refrigerator, calling to me. This batch was made using Lance J. Mayhew’s recipe. I have to agree, it’s an excellent recipe, and very easy to put together. Honestly, if I baked, I’d be using this as a base for a cookie dough. As much there is a backlash against agave syrup at the moment, I think it works well here, allowing the batter to retain a high level of sweetness without the dominance that brown sugar can bring. Next time I make it, I will probably increase the spices a bit and see what happens.
I’ve used Appleton V/X, Sailor Jerry’s, and Myer’s Original as the rum in my hot buttered rums before, but this time, I wanted something a little different. My eyes alit on a bottle of my homemade Swedish Punsch. I knew immediately that was the thing to try. I’ve had warmed Swedish Punsch before, and it’s a great way to drink punsch. It brings out the citrus in a delightful way.
Hot Buttered Swedish Punsch
2 oz Swedish Punsch
1 heaping tablespoon hot buttered rum batter
Place in mug, top with boiling water.
This may very well be my new favorite way to warm up after a day out in the cold. The Swedish Punsch brings a brightness to the mix that is very welcome and easy to drink.
What other spirits have you tried in hot winter warmers?