Super Bowl Imbibing, Part 3 of 6

Part 3 of this series and we’re finally into the game-time cocktails. Pre-cursor….these are cocktails not for the faint of heart, still extremely delicious, but have a touch of “octane” to them…so please drink responsibly and not carelessly. Typically during “Super Bowling” it’s cold outside (unlike our Minnesota winter this year). People are coming in after the “pre-gaming” is wrapped up (see parts 1 and 2 of this series to define “pre-gaming”), and are in need of a soul warming cocktail. Well, this is a perfect little drink to…..we’ll call it….warming the soul. Your soul might also jump out of your body and do a dance on the floor shortly thereafter this cocktail has been consumed too.

Once again we’ve called on Jesse Held, of Eat Street Social, to provide us a “soul warming” cocktail for this part in the series of six.

Hot and Bothered
2 1/2 oz. Great Lakes Roaring Dan’s Rum
3/4 oz. Maple-Cinnamon Syrup (that you made in Part 1 of this series)
Dash All Spice Dram
Dash Vanilla extract
2 eye droppers Bittercube Jamaican #2 Bitters
Tsp. Maple Butter
3-4 oz. Hot water
Pinch ground nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick

Tools Needed:
Coffee mug, tea spoon.

Build this cocktail in a coffee mug, in this order. Rum, Dram, vanilla extract, maple-cinnamon syrup, bitters, hot water — stir with cinnamon stick — place pad of butter on top, sprinkle with nutmeg, garnish with cinnamon stick you stirred with.

Barkeep’s Notes:
This drink sounds and looks complicated…trust me…it’s not! Super easy to make, the only prep you have to do prior is the maple butter — which is super easy to make. The Maple-Cinnamon Syrup called for in this drink, you already made for the first cocktail you’re going to be serving at your party….so you’ve already made that.

Making Maple Butter:
1 cup of your favorite maple syrup
2 sticks of your favorite butter

In a medium saucepan over low heat, add syrup and bring to an easy simmer (about 230 degrees). Add butter. Do NOT let the butter melt completely! Let the butter get soft enough to whip. Pour mixture into a deep bowl and whip mixture until creamy. Once desired consistency is reached, transfer mixture into storage container (a.k.a. your favorite butter tub) and place in fridge. Let stand until solid.
Prep Time: 5 mins.

Barkeep’s Inspiration:
Once again I like to use local product and highlight some real amazing spirits that are being distilled not to far away from our front doors. Using Great Lakes Roaring Dan’s Rum (from Milwaukee, WI) is amazing! It’s maple and vanilla notes with a buttery sweetness are perfect for this winter warmer in my opinion. I like making hot drinks that are a spin off of something more well known. This is a spin off a Hot Buttered Rum. This drink will most certainly warm your soul and more than prepare you for a good, or bad, Super Bowl outcome. Cheers, and happy imbibing.

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