Hot Buttered Cranberry Cider
November 25, 2009
I have several big things this year to be thankful for but with all the craziness I tend to forget it all. I think what I am most thankful for is a day set aside just to remember what I am thankful for. A day to not be lost in life, a day to focus on my many blessings. Not everything in my life is a blessing but still there is so many blessings. I hope this is a day for you to remember all you have to be thankful for too.
I have a fun drink for the holidays to share with you. One of the things about the holidays I love is there are certain foods that we only have durning Christmas and hot buttered rum is one of them. It is a spiced sweet butter you add to rum and hot water to. You can buy the batter but it is sooo easy to make.
There two very good reasons to make it yourself is it is healthier and you can suit your palette. For instance I like cinnamon but in balance with other spices. So I encourage you to adjust the spices to your liking. Another reason to make this, is it make a wonderful hostess gift. You can keep little package wrapped in your freezer ready to give as a last minute gift. I provided a tag for you below.
Now about this drink, I wanted something my girls could enjoy too, so I came up with a hot buttered cranberry. Half apple cider, half cranberry juice with a slice of the spiced butter. I like this because the tang of the cranberry balances well with the sweetness of the butter. But again play with the amounts to suit your palette. Enjoy xoxoxoxox
PS. the photo above is a hint of this years Christmas theme, more to come !!!
Hot Buttered Cranberry
Butter Rum Mix:
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
1/2 cup coconut sugar or brown sugar
1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp ground nutmeg, ginger
pinch ground cloves and salt
In a mixing bowl cream all ingredients together. Store in fridge in the freezer, tightly wrapped in wax paper then in a freezer bag. Slice off pieces as needed.
Heat 1/2 cup of cranberry juice and a 1/2 cup of cider. Add a generous TBL of butter to your cup and pour hot liquid over juice. If you like rum you can also add a jigger. Stir and enjoy!