The Broke-Ass Gourmet: Hot Buttered Rum

The holidays are upon us, and as with most holidays, that means lots of occasions for social drinking.  But most drinks are cold, and it’s not exactly summer out there, so here’s a tasty way to have your booze and heat it too.  It tastes exactly as I imagine Butterbeer tastes, so all my fellow over-21 Harry Potter nerds, take note.

Hot Buttered Rum

1 tbsp unsalted butter (7 cents)
2 tsp brown sugar (5 cents-ish)
1/2c. boiling water
1/4c. spiced rum ($1.25) (Captain Morgan’s Original, $15/bottle at Ralph’s)

Put butter and sugar in a cup. Microwave for 15 seconds. Pour in rum. Pour in boiling water. Stir. Do not inhale the fumes before you take a sip or you will scorch your nose hairs off. (All those italics are for much-needed emphasis because the only one of those instructions I haven’t disregarded is the “unsalted” part and… just… don’t.)  Drink up!