Hot Buttered Rum


For most people around the world, fall and winter are marked by cool temperatures, warm cobbler and even warmer fire places. Naturally, with only two weeks left until spring, this weekend south Florida was finally graced with winter weather. Seeing highs of 73- 74, and windy weather like you wouldn’t believe— I dare say it was practically blizzard.

In honor of this delayed Christmas miracle, tonight I want to throw it back to the holiday season when Jon introduced me to Hot Buttered Tum. Although this sweater weather will vanish by the morning, I’ll be dreaming of be sleigh bells and roasted chestnuts for the rest of the night!

H O T   B U T T E R E D   R U M


2 Tablespoons dark rum

1/2 Cup boiling water

1 Cup butter

1 Cup brown sugar

2 Cups powdered sugar

1/4 Teaspoon cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon cloves

1 Cup whip cream (we didn’t have cream and used 2 % milk instead)


1. Place 2 cups of water into a tea kettle. Set the stove on high until steam begins to whistle.

2. In a medium sized bowl, beat together softened butter and brown sugar. When smooth, add powdered sugar, cream (or milk) along with the spices.

3. Scoop 2-3 tablespoons of the butter mixture into each mug,  pouring 2 tablespoons of rum on top.

4. Fill the remainder of each cup with boiling water stir. If available, add a dolop of whip cream and sprinkle with an additional pinch of cinnamon.


Since this drink is a little on the sweet side, I recommend a biscotti or digestive for a neutral sweet treat!



In my decision to join the rest of America in bearing the cross of health and wealth this year, I realized it was time for me to reincorporate yoga back into my life. Although I originally met yoga with a lot of hesitation (and then distain), once I found an affordable studio and started practicing regularly, I kind of fell in love with it. It was peaceful yet difficult and did wonders for my body and stress levels.

Well, that was almost 3 years ago and now I’m back to being terrible. After two weeks of resolving to start doing yoga (and then not doing it), last weekend I finally brought it back! While ultimately it felt great, my performance overall was pretty sad. In fact, today’s recipe is inspired by my last horrific yoga experience…


So funny how life is— I’m on the arc trainer yesterday, entertaining myself with an old issue of Health magazine and look so I see? The empress of wellness herself!

Pre new years resolution, I accompanied a friend to a power yoga session that absolutely kicked my butt. My friend (Ann, who has her own studio) glided through the class with no more than a glisten on her brow, while I was shaking and sweating from start to finish. After the session ended, we were greeted by the melody of juicing machines and the aroma of vegetable soup. It was then I decided to treat myself to their legendary “hot shot” and grab Jon their “Golden Milk” to go.

Fast forward two months to the present, I’m so  glad to have hopped back on to the yoga horse and I can’t tell you how much I love these little drinks! With Jon on the verge of a cold, a derived batch of golden milk was just what the doctor ordered last Saturday! Not only do both beverages build immunity, but despite the alarming list of ingredients these bad boys actually taste really good. In fact, just ask Gwyneth Paltrow!


G O L D E N   M I L K


1/2 Tablespoon extra virgin coconut oil

1/2 Tablespoon honey

1/2 Teaspoon grated ginger

1/4 Teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/8 Teaspoon black pepper

1 Cup unsweetened coconut milk (or almond milk)


Mix all ingredients and serve warm or over ice.



H O T   S H O T

Ingredients (Serves 2)

1/8 Teaspoon ground or grated ginger

1/8 Teaspoon ground cloves

1 Teaspoon ground turmeric

1/4 Teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 Cup water

1/8 Cup (or 2 ounces) lemon juice

1 Teaspoon raw local honey

1 Pinch of ground cayenne


  1. Set the stove to high and boil one tea kettle of water. (You could also microwave your water for 2 minutes)
  2. Measure all spices and combine into one glass.
  3. Add lemon and 1/2 cup of hot water to the glass, mixing all ingredients. Stir in honey last.
  4. When the mixture is smooth, divide into two portions and drink up! (Or, just keep the entire glass for your self like I do!)


Note: Both recipes were derived from Shakti Key West after a few quick notes from watching the barista. The next time you’re in Key West, I advise you give this place a try!