Saturday, November 16, 2013

Carmela Soprano's Hot Buttered Rum for One Serving l Hot Buttered Rum for Many

Enjoyed the rum in your Spiked Hot Chocolate?
Looking for another rum recipe?
You've come to the right place.

Rum has always been a classy drink.
In an 1824 essay about the word rum's origin, Samuel Morewood, a British etymologist, suggested it might be from the British slang term for "the best", as in "having a rum time."  He wrote:
As spirits, extracted from molasses, could not well be ranked under the name whiskey, brandy or arrack, it would be called rum, to denote its excellence or superior quality.

I don't know if rum is as old as wine and beer but some say that fermenting sugarcane juice probably started in either ancient India or China.
Other folks visited, tried rum and brought some home.
The rest is history, more or less. 

Sailors have had a long history with rum.
In the days of the British navy's daily rum rations, the order to splice the mainbrace meant double rations.  This treat would be issued for such occasions as royal marriages or birthdays, or special anniversaries.
Only Queen Elizabeth ll, a member of the royal family or the admiralty board in the UK can give that order.
Like I said, we're talking a classy drink.

In the Holidays chapter in Entertaining with The Sopranos there's a recipe for that old classic, Hot Buttered Rum.
In keeping with it being a special drink, this recipe just makes one cup at a time.
How's that for special?

                        Hot Buttered Rum for One

In a large mug put
3 ounces dark rum
a lemon peel twist
1 stick cinnamon
2 whole cloves

Into a small saucepan pour
1/3 Cup apple cider
Heat almost to a boil.
the rum mixture
1 Tablespoon sweet butter
Stir until the butter melts.
Pour the rum mixture into the mug.
Garnish with 
ground nutmeg

Okay… this won't work too well if you're having the gang over.
Especially here in Manitoba.
Especially if they're all cold from having been outdoors for a few hours.

Planning on inviting some friends over to make a snowman?
Pull out the crockpot and make some hot rum.
This recipe makes about 2 1/2 Quarts.
If you're getting ready for a large crowd - or very thirsty friends - adjust the recipe.

                        Hot Buttered Rum for Many
Into the crockpot put            
2 Quarts hot water 
2 1/2 Cups firmly packed dark brown sugar
1/2 Cup butter 
1 pinch salt
4 sticks cinnamon
7 whole cloves
1 pinch ground nutmeg
Stir well.
Cover the crockpot and cook on HIGH for 2 hours.

2 Cups dark rum
Stir to blend.
Serve in warm mugs.
Top each serving with
a scoop of whipped cream 
a dusting of ground nutmeg

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