Markus caught Ellie's cold, so last night I offered to make him a hot toddy...only we don't have any whiskey or brandy in the house. The only liquor we have is rum, so I made hot buttered rum instead. This was such a popular drink in New Orleans in the "winter" (doesn't really get cold there for long), but I somehow never tried it. How unfortunate for me! It is soooooo good and must be shared with you. I can't tell you if it helps with colds since it lacks the toddy's lemon and honey, but it's so yummy that really, who cares?
Hot Buttered Rum
1/2 stick unsalted butter, softened
1 cup brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch ground cloves
1-3 oz. dark rum (recipe was for 3oz, but we are light-weights)
boiling hot water
Cream together butter, sugar and spices. Place in refrigerator and allow to resolidify. This step is important, because otherwise they will separate when you add the hot water.
Once the butter/sugar mixture is solid, scoop 2 Tablespoons if it into each mug. Pour rum over, then fill the mug with boiling hot water. Stir well, and enjoy enjoy enjoy!