I wanted to take a bit to share a favorite tradition of mine that started way back in 2004 when we were still up in Hell... i mean... West Virginia.
Hot Buttered Rum.
First of all... if that name doesn't perk you up I don't know what will. Over the years, every Christmas season I have made this and served it at at least one party. Often more. Now its even more fun because down here in LA no one really knows about it at all. The recipe has remained largely unchanged... and if you want to try it... I this what I recommend:
3 sticks cinnamon
6 whole cloves
2 hard packed cups Brown Sugar
1 pinch salt
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 quarts hot water
1/2 cup butter (1 stick) (real butter dammit)
1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
Put all that in your crock pot on low for about 5 hours. You can put it on high for the first hour and then back it down to low for 1 more hour if you're in a hurry.
Once its done at 2 cups of your favorited spiced rum.
To serve... fill a coffee cup about half full... spray some whip cream on top.. and sprinkle some nutmeg on top of that.
It is amazing. Seriously. It is really good. And... I'm sure you can imagine... it smells up the whole house all day.