And with the advent of Christmastime, we're also celebrating the reason for the season: the birth of Jesus.
Celebrations both great and small~we're relishing each of them as much as we can.
On cold evenings we like to wind down with hot, frothy mugs of our favorite wintertime drink: Hot Buttered Rum, also known as HBR. If you're going to raise a cup of cheer while celebrating, why not this one?
Enjoy this family recipe, handed down from my Mother to me, and from myself to my daughter. It's rich, it's creamy, it's delicious, and beset of all, family friendly.
Don't let the "rum" part fool you. It's completely optional!
Now grab a hearty mug of something warm and sit back to read this recipe. You may just want a cup the next time you snuggle up by the fire.
This is a warm concoction my mother has been preparing for us since I was a petite, and is yet another tradition we've continued in our family. This drink usually marks the beginning of the Christmas season for us. When the days are nippy, carols are playing, lights are twinkling, and someone walks into the room bearing mugs filled to the brim with creamy HBR's, we know the holidays are here.
My parents were wonderful at filling my childhood with warm memories. They made the Christmas season very special, something I hope to do for my own children.
But back to the HBR-a word of caution...
If you want a low-cal, low-fat, low-sugar, low-anything warm beverage-this is not that drink. Do not read any further unless you intend to imbibe a most delicious creamy and buttery drink certain to warm you from the top of your head to the tip of your toes. It is sugary. It is super simple and it is a cup of wondrous winter indulgence.
Are you still here? Then please read ahead and enjoy!
The Doiron's Hot Buttered Rum
1 container for hot buttered rum storage
1 lb. melted butter
1 16 oz. brown sugar
1 16 oz. powdered sugar
1 tbsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 gallon of your best vanilla ice cream (if you're gong to do this, you may as well go all the way, friends. Indulge!)
*Optional nip of rum can be added to the drink.
Let the ice cream soften, but careful not to let it melt. You should be able to scoop it easily without it being watery. In a large bowl combine butter, sugars, spices. Beat until fluffy. This should be about 2 minutes. It will resemble the color of caramel when you're done, and smell just as sweet!
Add the ice cream and beat once more.
The color is much lighter now and you can see specks of nutmeg, brown sugar, and cinnamon in the mixture. And boy does it smell good!
Go ahead and take a taste. It's soupy right now, but perfectly fine for you or any other little sous chef to sample. This year Eldest wasn't able to help~which was unfortunate, but she was okay with that as she was able to have the very first cup of the season!
Once you're done sampling, pour the HBR mixture into your chosen container and freeze.
I'd suggest overnight for the best results. The mixture should not actually freeze, but become taffy-like and cold and kept inside the freezer until it is gone or you're done with the hot buttered rum mixture.
To prepare and serve:
Take two generous scoops of mixture and place inside a festive cup, pour hot water over the mixture and stir very well, until completely melted. It should be frothy and will smell heavenly! You can choose to add a little rum to your drink at this time. To add sin atop of sin, feel free to add homemade whipped cream with chocolate shavings or cinnamon and nutmeg.
I hope that you all can enjoy this drink as much as my family does.
It's guaranteed to bring a smile to everyone's face and warm them from the inside out.