This recipe is full of things that are not great for you in excess that taste delicious together. I will make no health claims, but I will anecdotally tell you that when I feel myself getting the chills and possibly coming down with something, a hot buttered rum tends to chase it off. Use judiciously.
In all seriousness, our highs this week are barely in the positive single digits. The world is covered with a blanket of sparkling icy snow, and school has been cancelled because wind chills today are supposed to hit -30. So the kids and I are bundling up and heading over to have a no-school playdate with friends. And, well, mom friends need a little fun and warmth too, so I'm bringing the fixings for hot buttered rum!
So, you can make this several ways, but I'm going to stick to 2: for a group, or for one.
For one, grab a mug. Boil some water in a kettle. While that's coming to a boil, put 2 tablespoons butter in your mug. Use a fork to mix in 1 tablespoon each powdered sugar and brown sugar. Sprinkle in a dash of cinnamon and a touch of nutmeg. Pour in a generous shot of rum. Add a tablespoon of vanilla ice cream. Pour boiling water over the top and mix with a fork until everything is melted in and there's a light froth on top. Enjoy.
To make this for a group, or to just save yourself trouble and have it ready all season long, take equal parts butter, powdered sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla ice cream. I usually go with a cup of each. Melt the butter and then mix in the sugars until they pretty much dissolve. Stir in the ice cream to melt it. Mix in 2 teaspoons of cinnamon and a half teaspoon of ground nutmeg. Pour into a container that is easy to spoon from, and stick it in the freezer.
When it comes time to make your Hot Buttered Rum, take a tablespoon of your magical mix in a mug, pour a shot of rum over it, and then add boiling water to fill the mug. Stir to combine. Sit back, sip, and enjoy.
If your kids are jealous, I see nothing wrong with taking out the rum and giving them buttered spiced sugar water. Then again...maybe we shouldn't think too hard about that one...