A Rum of One’s Own – The Full Glass

I love a pun.  After studying English Literature I developed an unhealthy love for the wicked wonder of word manipulation.  Plus Tull Hungry One and I love a cocktail evening, so we found the perfect combination of the two in the book Tequila Mockingbird (by Tom Federle) .  A mixture of delicious literature puns and devilishly good drinks.

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It’s January, if you hadn’t realised you’re going to be in for a shock when you go back to work, and we are vetoing any detox or ‘dry’ month. Ick.  To do so would suggest living through the enjoyment of food, wine, cheese and spirits is something to be avoided, I refuse to condone such a view – live free and in moderation.

In light of this, and to toast to my birthday week, I whisked together a couple of warming winter cocktails; tonight’s tipple: A Rum of One’s Own.  And in the starring rum role, Diplomatico Rum Reserva (bought on one of my jaunts to the local wine shop to pick something up for my parents, which saw me walking out weighed down beneath clinking bottles and a flurry of receipts in my wake).

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Start by mixing 1/2 teaspoon of butter, 1 teaspoon light brown sugar and a dash or two of cinnamon.

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Once combined, fill with hot water, stir a little more and enjoy with a good book and some warm socks.

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If you are making a couple I have been known to fill up the copper pan and keep it on a low heat with a ladle waiting to fill up empty mugs as books are finished.

Verdict: 3 ice cubes out of 5

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