Here's a venerable winter warmer that might have been consumed on nights like this by your colonial forebears (not mine - they were drinking Irish Whiskey or Grappa!).
It's tasty, easier than making tea, and it permits a degree of artistic creativity without spoiling its essential character.
I like it with an amber rum, but you can really play with this recipe - just don't drive afterward!
- Warm a short glass with hot water.
- Cream together the butter, sugar, and cinnamon and put it in the hot glass.
- Add half the boiling water and stir to melt the butter.
- Add the rum.
- Add the remaining boiling water.
- Sprinkle nutmeg on top.