There are these winter nights with a quiet that hangs over the streets, a cold that robs your chest of breath and are the reason fireplaces and cashmere throws exist. They are filled with time to kill or friends for dinner or some quiet reflection on the year to come.
These are the nights for which this cocktail was invented. This version by Emeril Lagasse serves 12. Invite your friends and bring out the Scrabble board.
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
Pinch ground cloves
Bottle dark rum
In a bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Refrigerate until almost firm. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture into 12 small mugs. Pour about 3 ounces of rum into each mug (filling about halfway). Top with boiling water (to fill the remaining half), stir well, and serve immediately.