I shall never forget, several years back I attended a Navy football game in Annapolis and it was cold and a fine chilly mist was in the air. After the game, we were invited to the beautiful coastal home of former Tennessee Senator Bill Brock (family founded Brock's Candy). Upon entering the house, you were greeted with a warm mug of Hot Buttered Rum. It was the first time I had ever tasted such, and oh my goodness it was absolutely divine. They were kind enough to share the recipe which I treasure and will be serving this toddy tomorrow I’ll to the card club.
Hot Buttered Rum Batter
The mixture of butter, sugar and spices is referred to as the “batter.” It can be made in advance, with rum and boiling water added as the drinks are requested.
For a large recipe: mix 1 stick unsalted butter, 1-1/2 cups dark brown sugar (you can add more—up to 2 cups—for a sweeter drink), 1 teaspoon cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg and a pinch of ground cloves. Cream ingredients in a bowl (muddle) and refrigerate, covered.
Per cup, add 2 tablespoons of the mixture into mug, then top with 2-3 ounces of rum and an equal amount of boiling water. Stir well, garnish as desired. If the drink is too strong for your liking, add more boiling water. Garnish as desired. Serve immediately.
Toad Hall is an elegant 170-year-old, 7-acre waterfront estate near Annapolis on a peninsula between the South River and Chesapeake Bay. The 19-room country house includes a pool house in one of the wings, with a 25-meter heated indoor swimming pool and an adjacent entertainment area.
Built in 1820, on land deeded in 1757 to the family of Charles Carroll of Carrollton, the house has been enlarged and remodeled over the years. It is said to have been named by a little girl who once lived there, drawing on the book "Wind in the Willows," because she so loved the massive weeping willow tree outside the window of her dormered bedroom.