As a firm believer in a good last minute shop, presents are rarely all wrapped and under our tree before Christmas eve. And for the final late night push before the big day we have embraced the buttered rum in our house. A warm, festive drink, not for the faint hearted.
For one hearty measure, place a large knob of butter in a pan, gently melt it until just runny, add a couple of teaspoons of brown sugar, a few cloves, a strip of orange rind and a piece of cinnamon. Pour in a good tot of rum, warm very slightly then pour into a mug. No one need ever know!