Hot Buttered Rum to Soothe the Xmas Crazies

Despite what those really fun Gap commercials featuring white people who can rap and fashion themselves into human sleds want you to believe, the holidays are not about adorable reindeer sweaters, but stress. How else to explain the pre-Xmas crazy flurries floating around this week? Shake ‘n’ bake Jessica Simpson dating vampireface Billy Corgan. Courtney Love unfriending Frances Bean: “I hate to spund cold…my daihgter is not always honest,” Love explains on her Facebook page. Nicole Kidman augmenting her Botox at the New York premiere of Nine with unblended white powder. Me, I can’t find the perfect Snuggie for my third cousin’s ex-wife, and I feel like my whole world is falling apart.

That said, there’s no reason to rub cocaine under your eyes when somewhere in the world there exists hot buttered rum. LeNell Smothers, of the late great Red Hook bourbon boutique LeNell’s, shares with Slashfood her toasty, creamy version that’s a far cry from “just chucking a pat of butter with spices in a hot mug of rum that ends up resembling an oil slick.” Makes enough batter for 10 drinks, which if you refuse to share, could produce a sugar butter rum coma that lasts at least until the 26th—when everyone will be too busy suffering cardiac arrest to notice you neglected to gift them.

LeNell Smothers’ Hot Buttered Rum

For the batter, cream together the following:

1/2 cup all-natural vanilla ice cream, room temperature 3 tbs unsalted butter, room temperature 1 tsp ground cinnamon 1/2 tsp ground allspice 1/4 tsp fresh ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground cloves 1/2 cup demerara sugar or brown sugar 1/4 cup agave nectar Dash vanilla extract

Refrigerate overnight to allow the flavors to come together. To serve, bring to room temperature. Preheat mug with hot water, then dump out water. Add 2 heaping tablespoons of batter to the warmed mug and top with 1 1/2 oz dark rum. Stir to dissolve. Fill the rest of the mug with hot water and stir. Top with fresh whipped cream and fresh ground nutmeg.

Whipped cream drink: [Photo / / CC BY-SA 2.0]

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