I’m not much of an egg nog fan, but as it gets cold and the holidays approach quickly, I do recommend a hot buttered rum or a scottish brose.
Here is Rum Dood’s hot buttered rum recipe. Because after all, if you’re going to serve a rum cocktail, the Dood abides:
Hot Buttered Rum
2 oz Rum
3 tsp Sugar
.5 tsp Allspice
.5 tsp Cloves
1 tbsp Butter
Warm a mug or glass, and then add sugar and about 1.5 oz of hot water to the mug. Stir sugar and water until sugar is well-dissolved. Add rum and spices and then fill top the mug with hot water. Add butter and stir until butter is completely melted. Garnish with a cinnamon stick and/or orange peel, depending on the flavor you’re looking for.
I like this recipe because it’s both very simple and it incorporates some extra spice that goes beyond the 19th century hot rum drinks that it closely resembles.
But the cocktail that is really piquing my interest lately is a Scottish Atholl Brose. I only first had it a week ago at the Repeal Day Ball, but it knocked my socks off. I’ve been trying to find a good recipe that makes sense and this is something that I think is sensible and manageable. Some recipes I saw only called for letting the oats mascerate for 30 minutes, while others called for including raw egg white in the first step and letting it sit for a week before serving. I wasn’t sure that either of these steps were sensible. This entry, from WikiHow, seems to split the difference:
2 and 1/3 cups Scotch Whisky (560 mL)
1/2 cup steel-cut oatmeal (or other medium-coarse) (90 g)
2/3 c cream (140 mL)
1/4 c honey (90 g or about 60 mL)
- Combine the oatmeal and whisky in a shallow container. Cover with linen and leave in a cool place for at least 48 hours.
- Remove clear liquids from this mixture, using linen to squeeze last drop of whisky out of oatmeal solids.
- Transfer whisky to a container with a wide enough neck to stir.
- Very slowly pour the cream into the whisky, stirring with a wooden spoon.
- Add the honey even more slowly, stirring continually and evenly.
- Put the finished Brose in a storage bottle, if not already.
- Serve when ready.
I found that the honey is supposed to be stirred with a silver spoon, not a wooden one, so keep some silver close to hand. I also like the fact that this recipe requires advanced preparation and a strong measure of patience. Both of these characteristics should lead to more flavor, or at least a longer waiting period for the drink to be ready.