This is a gorgeous recipe for a hot boozy drink to warm up a winter party. It makes a nice change from mulled wine or hot toddies, and manages to taste refreshing, fruity, rich – and like maple syrup all at the same time. Pretty special!
You will need (makes 2 litres):
1 bottle of aged dark rum
3-4 teaspoons of butter
Mixed spice (or cinnamon)
2 cartons of clear apple juice
To a large pot, add a generous measure of rum (I use a 240ml measuring cup for each batch) to one carton of apple juice. Gently heat to simmering point then reduce the temperature (you don’t want to boil away the alcohol).
Add a teaspoon of mixed spice and a large tablespoon of maple syrup.
Add a teaspoon of butter and a teaspoon of sugar.
Repeat until you have used up all your rum!
(If you’re brave you could perhaps add all the ingredients at the start, but I like to taste as I go to get the balance right.)
Serve in heatproof glasses.
Tip: If you have one, a slow cooker is ideal for keeping your rum warm all night (or until it’s all gone – whichever comes first!) as there’s no fear you’ll accidentally boil it all away.