I’m not a regular drinker, but there’s something about warm alcohol at winter than makes me more inclined to drink it. A bit of Baileys in a hot chocolate? Yes please. Coffee with a shot of kahlua? Slide one over. Maybe it’s because I’m always cold at home and the minute I have any alcohol I instantly turn toasty and red-faced. Anyway – I love rum and have a big bottle of Kraken sitting around and wanted to make drinks!
Chai Rum Hot Toddy
This probably won’t kick a cold like a whisky hot toddy, but it’s certainly soothing. I’ve provided the measurements I use but I hasten to add this isn’t a cocktail, there is no secret science here and I recommend adjusting according to how sweet or boozy you want.
Makes 1 cup/mug
1 x chai tea bag
1 tsp honey (or, to taste)
small squeeze of lemon (to taste)
20ml spiced rum
Brew a chai tea bag in a cup of boiling water for at least 4-5 minutes. (You can leave the teabag in depending on how strong you like your chai taste.) Add a small squeeze of lemon to add tang, swirl in some honey until it melts then add the rum.
Ginger Rum Hot Toddy
I had intentions of making a hot version of a dark and stormy by swapping out ginger beer for a hot ginger infusion. It sorted of worked, but lacked a little something, so I turned it into a toddy.
If the chai rum hot toddy is soothing, this one is kick you in the chest spicy. I tested this with a cold and it was soothing on the throat, though did make my inner ears feel a bit itchy.
Makes 1 cup/mug
1 cup of water
1 inch of ginger, peeled and sliced (roughly 10g)
1 tsp of honey (or, to taste)
20ml spiced rum
Put the water and ginger into a small saucepan. Bring the water up to a boil, then turn down to a low heat and simmer for 10 minutes to infuse the ginger. Stir in a teaspoon of honey. Taste and adjust if need be. Pour into a cup or mug, then stir in the rum. Again, adjust to your taste.
Hot Buttered Rum with Caramel
This drink is delicious. It’s warm, sweet and scarily easy to drink. Luckily unless you have a very sweet tooth, it’s not really the sort of drink you want to knock back loads of. Feel free to omit the caramel sauce, it adds an additional note of sweet creaminess, but the drink is lovely without. If you don’t use the sauce, I’d add an extra tsp of brown sugar – but adjust according to your taste! I’ve posted my caramel sauce recipe if you do want to try it.
Makes 1 glass, though you might want to split into 2 half servings
2 tsp brown sugar
2 tsp caramel sauce (optional)
¼ tsp (heaped) ground mixed spice
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
grating of fresh nutmeg
35ml dark or spiced rum
Put all the ingredients in a cup and pour over 200ml boiling water. Stir until everything has dissolved and serve immediately.
Note: If you want to make this for a larger group, put everything in a pan and warm up on the hob on a low heat.
Mulled Cider with Rum and Chocolate
I saw on tv someone putting chocolate into mulled cider and thought it looked quite interesting, so I gave it a whirl and put it as an option below. It tasted really strange on a spoon, but when I poured a mug of it I enjoyed it. It adds quite a bitterness to the drink but also mixes interestingly with the spices, so if you’re curious to try, perhaps pour a mug of mulled cider and stir in some chocolate as a test.
Without the chocolate, this is a delicious, boozy mulled cider.
1L dry cider
65ml dark or spiced rum
40g dark brown sugar
½ tsp vanilla bean
1 x star anise
1 stick of cinnamon
½ tsp of cloves
generous grating of nutmeg
Zest/peel of one orange and one lemon
35g dark chocolate (optional)
Add everything but the rum to a pan and bring to a light boil, then turn down and simmer on low for 15 minutes. Take off the heat and stir in the rum (and chocolate) until melted.
Things I learnt putting this post together: it’s really hard taking photos of drinks. This post was supposed to go up yesterday but I ended up redoing the photos this morning with some natural light. I definitely want to get better at food/drinks photography, but let me just add that to my never-ending to-do list and see where I get, ha.
What are your favourite winter (alcohol or non-alcohol) drinks to have?