Here’s a delightful way to enjoy some nice rum during the cold days of winter. Most folks think of rum in tasty cool frozen drinks enjoyed at the Tiki Bar on a hot summer day… me included! Today I spotted a wonderful (unopened) aged rum in the cabinet. I was already chilly so I certainly wasn’t interested in an iced drink. Then I remembered the wonders of simple syrup. I wanted to concoct a warm ‘toddy for the body’ that was sweet and fragrant. I succeeded. I really recommend an aged, non-spiced rum for this; splurge a little, you deserve it. Enjoy!
TOM’S WINTER RUM TODDY
1 cup of water
1/3 cup maple syrup
zest of 1/2 a clean lime
juice from the fresh lime
good quality aged Rum
Put the water into a small sauce pan over medium heat. Stir in the maple syrup until dissolved (no need to boil since the sugar in this case is already liquid). Once the simple syrup is warm remove from heat and grate the lime zest into the syrup. Squeeze lime juice in as well, and let a little tasty pulp into the mix as well. — Pour rum into a small carafe and top with the warm syrup, shake lightly to mix. 1/3 rum, 2/3 syrup if you need to function more during the day. 1/2 rum 1/2 syrup if you’re home for the rest of the day (no driving please).
Serve in small apertif size glasses. Keep remaining syrup in the fridge for up to 2 additional days. ~TH~