I’ve mentioned more than once how much I adore my blogging friends.
They take the time to drop a quick line-we chat via instagram (by-the-way I’m @advntrsindinner on there) and the suggestions that I get from them are always inspiring.
Ricki Jill is just a total doll from Art@Home. This week she’s got amazing Christmas cookies but she also; decorates, reviews books (just trust her-if she says it’s good, it is) and is one of the most positive folks I’ve come in contact with. She has a lovely husband and two wonderful girls and I’ve picked her brain on more than one occasion.
So when Ricki Jill asked me for a hot buttered rum recipe what was I going to do? Ummm, make it!
I hadn’t had one for years but I remembered seeing a recipe from one of my Grandma Kelly’s scribbled books so I went on the hunt.
I started by making a big pot of tea and letting it get to builder’s tea strength. I like to use Typhoo but the choice is yours.
Then the fun part, you’ll feel like a mad alchemist as you get this going because I give everything a quick grind together in my mortar and pestle.
The flavours are pure winter; vanilla pod (with the seeds squished out), brown sugar, ginger, cinnamon, pink peppercorns, allspice, cloves and cardamom seeds.
Mix all those goodies with butter and copious amounts of rum.
Don’t be afraid of the mixing, just dump everything together and either use a handblender, food processor or a lot of muscle. At first you’ll think that it’ll never come together but then it does-sort of like magic.
Grab a healthy tablespoon, a great glass (I used some of my vintage mason jars because they’re pretty) and top with that strong, strong tea.
Not a tea fan?
This is super tasty in apple cider too and I might have found my husband sneaking spoonfuls of it out of the fridge late at night.
Take the whole thing outside and make a snowman.
- ⅓ cup rum (choice it yours; dark, light or spiced)
- 2 cups brown sugar
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 2 tsp ginger
- ¼ tsp each allspice and cloves
- ½ tsp cardamom seeds
- 1 cup butter
- Strong tea
- Mix all the ingredients together (except the tea) until an even emulsion. Take a heaping tablespoon and pour hot, strong tea over. Enjoy!
- A great gift and it keeps in the fridge for a couple of weeks.