ice cream batter hot buttered rum

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Are you all enjoying the beginning of the Christmas season so far? I love this time of year. I love homemade scarves and mittens, ice skating and sledding, making maple ice cream out of freshly fallen snow and real maple syrup, sharing a pot of tea in front of the fireplace with the cute hubby, visiting a cozy tearoom with my friends, burning plum pudding scented candles, snow topped houses, snow falling on the bluffs, popcorn and cranberry garlands strung on the lowest branches of our oak trees so the birds and squirrels can enjoy a winter snack, driving around the Red Wing neighborhoods and looking at Christmas lights…armed with a thermos of cocoa and a tin of cookies, snowmen, kitties that snore, snow angels, the way the sky looks – with puffy clouds that remind me of baby lambs, snow forts, skiing and snowshoeing, decking the halls with real pine garlands, flannel sheets, gingerbread boys and gingerbread houses, cardinals in the pine trees, church bells, winter star gazing, Chambord, goosedown feather beds…comforters and pillows…French press coffee with a slice of cranberry orange coffee cake, eggnog, soft glowing candlelight, mercury glass, Gracie’s paper snowflakes,  a snowglobe collection, a plaid flannel shirt trimmed with eyelet lace, knitting wool socks and blankets for gifts, progressive dinners, Twelfth Night tea parties, stringing fairy lights on a canopy bed…. and this delicious recipe for hot buttered rum….

1 lb. real butter

1 lb. brown sugar

1 lb. powdered sugar

3 Tablespoons Lyle’s Golden syrup

1 quart good quality, vanilla ice cream, softened

1 and 1/2 Tablespoons cinnamon

2 teaspoons freshly grated nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

a pinch ground cloves

Captain Morgan Black Spiced Rum or Myers’s Dark Rum

real whipped cream, sweetened

nutmeg for garnish

Melt the butter in a large, heavy pot over medium heat. Blend in sugars and golden syrup. Whisk in the ice cream and spices, just until ice cream is completely melted. Transfer to a freezer-safe container with a lid. Seal and freeze.

When you’re ready for one of these yummy little libations… Scoop 2 heaping Tablespoons (or a little more, if you like) of the batter into a large mug. Add 8 to 10 oz boiling water and 2 ounces of the Myers’s Dark rum. Stir until the batter is melted and mixed well. Top with whipped cream and a little sprinkle of nutmeg.


Happy Holidays!


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  14 comments for “ice cream batter hot buttered rum

  1. December 3, 2012 at 3:00 pm

    Hi Melissa! This looks so divine, but for me, I’m going to have to alter the Dairy and amount of Sugar as usual. I think So Delicious brand of Vanilla bean Coconut Milk (ice-milk) might just be sweet enough, but I want to check in with you as well. I’m not familiar with the Lyle’s Golden syrup you mentioned. Do you suppose, I would be able to use Agave nectar instead? I understand this is to be a concentrated “batter” to then add water and the rum, but I still need to stay organic, non-GMO and cut down on the glycemic level anyway. Please advise. Thanks! <3

    • Melissa
      December 3, 2012 at 5:31 pm

      Hello Allison! I have never made this any other way with substitutions. I bet you’ll be able to come up with a yummy version of it though. Sounds like your on the right track with the Vanilla coconut ice milk and the agave nectar. XO 🙂 Please let me know how it turns out!

  2. loretta ochoa
    December 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm

    What is Golden syrup?

    • Melissa
      December 3, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      it’s made by Lyle’s… it’s this flavorful, delicious syrup… I’m sure if you google it you’ll find the website and places where you can order it. We buy it at specialty grocery stores here in MN.

  3. December 3, 2012 at 4:36 pm

    Sweet,sweet Melissa… this post literally brings tears to my eyes! You have expressed my sentiments about Christmas much better than I am able to at this point… Thank you precious friend! Oh, and I LOVE the recipe too 🙂 xoxo

    • Melissa
      December 3, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      thank you so much for your sweet comment Michele! Much love 🙂 xoxo

  4. December 3, 2012 at 7:11 pm

    This sounds really good especially while relaxing by the fire. Love it! ♥

    • Melissa
      December 4, 2012 at 1:02 am

      Thanks my sweet Biren! Enjoy 🙂

  5. December 3, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    Shut the front door!

    I love your list of Christmas sentiments. May you and your loved ones enjoy a blessed Christmas.

    And…..this recipe is SUPREME! I have all sorts of “beverage fixin’s” in my freezer and this little baby is going to join the party, I’m sharing this on Syrup and Biscuits.

    Thanks, Melissa!

    • Melissa
      December 4, 2012 at 1:01 am

      Thanks so much sweet Jackie! XOXOXO and Merry Merry Christmas to you and yours! 🙂

  6. Debbie
    December 14, 2012 at 6:44 pm

    I am so excited to find your recipe! I had one that sounds almost identical to this when we lived in Norway, years ago and was unsuccessful in finding it. We used cinnamon sticks to stir it in the mugs! Looking forward to making it this Christmas! Thanks for posting this recipe!

    • Melissa
      December 14, 2012 at 11:10 pm

      I’m so pleased you like the recipe Debbie! enjoy, and Merry Christmas!

  7. December 9, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Well, my sweet Melissa, I thought I should let you know that this post still brings tears to my eyes this year! And I am determined to indulge in some ere too long! Can’t be tonight, as I have no ice cream in the freezer! Love ya! xoxoxo

    • Melissa
      December 10, 2013 at 1:14 am

      Hello there, Michele! can you believe it’s already been a year? where does the time go? 😉 I’m so pleased you like this post. Love you sweet friend. XOXO ~M

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