Time for some hot holiday cheer! Next to egg nog, this libation is very much a holiday tradition in many homes---Hot Buttered Rum--- Spiced rum drinks are especially popular during the winter months. Charles Coulombe, author of Rum: The Epic Story of the Drink that Conquered the World, writes that rum has always been an "important component of American holiday celebrations", hot toddies and spiced rum drinks share an association with American civic holidays, such with New Years and Thanksgiving.
Ingredients: 5oz. boiling water, 2oz. dark rum, 1 tablespoon butter, 1 teaspoon brown sugar, freshly ground nutmeg.
Preparation: Bring the water to a boil. In a heated mug, add the brown sugar and boiling water. Stir to dissolve the sugar. Add the rum, stir and float the butter on top. Add a dash of grated nutmeg on top. Some people substitute warm milk for the water