Whispering Wreath

November/December 2009

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This warm mixture is a distinctive twist on the classic hot buttered rum.

Whispering Wreath

Makes: 10 servings, 1/2 cup each

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  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup fresh mint leaves, plus 10 for garnish
  • 1/4 cup fresh sage leaves
  • 4 cups water
  • 10 dashes bitters
  • 12 ounces dark rum (1 1/2 cups)
  • 2 tablespoons butter


  1. Using a muddler or large wooden spoon, mash sugar and herbs together in a large saucepan until the herbs are bruised and fragrant.
  2. Add water and bitters; bring to a simmer over medium-high heat, stirring often, about 5 minutes. Stir in rum and cook for 1 minute. Add butter and cook, stirring, until it melts.
  3. Strain the mixture into a pitcher. Let stand for about 10 minutes to mellow the flavors. Serve in cordial glasses or other small heat-safe glasses, garnishing each drink with a mint leaf.

Tips & Notes

  • Make Ahead Tip: Let cool, cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day. Reheat on the stovetop over low heat or in the microwave on Medium.


178 calories; 2 g fat (1 g sat, 1 g mono); 6 mg cholesterol; 20 g carbohydrates; 0 g protein; 0 g fiber; 4 mg sodium; 3 mg potassium.

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1 other carbohydrate, 1 alcohol equivalent

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