My wife and I both seem to be coming down with either a cold or a sore throat, so she suggested we have a Hot Rum Toddy. Once upon a time, she attended nursing school, so who am I to argue? The most important ingredient of an HRT is some good, dark rum. I recommend Gosling’s Black Seal® or Myer’s Planters Punch®. Gosling’s is an excellent rum, and it’s a bargain at under $20/750 ml. The recipe below is easy to throw together in just a couple of minutes, and is guaranteed to cure what ails you (or at least warm you up on a cold winter’s night). Remember, though, that an HRT is one cocktail that is definitely better stirred than shaken.
Hot Rum Toddy
1 shot Gosling’s Black Seal® rum
1 dash Ground nutmeg
1 dash Ground cinnamon
3 Whole cloves
½ Lemon wheel
1 pat of Butter
Put the butter in a warm cup or mug. Fill 2/3 full with boiling water. Stir until butter is melted. Stick the cloves into the lemon wheel and add to the cup. Add the shot of rum (and a little more if there’s room). Sprinkle with nutmeg and cinnamon and serve with a teaspoon for stirring.
Since this recipe is pretty basic, I thought I would see if I could find a more sophisticated one for you on the web. I found a nice one at Astray.com. Try it if you want something a little more elaborate. I finished my first HRT while I was writing this post, now I’m off to make another. Stay Healthy!