Based on the classic hot buttered rum, this cocktail gets its richness from a saucepan of homemade butterscotch. Don't be intimidated by the process—it's easier than you think. When blended with seltzer, the sweet sauce magically bubbles up into a warming concoction you'll want to drink all winter long.

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Casey Barber
EatingWell.com, December 2020

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active:
10 mins
total:
10 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Melt butter in a small (1-quart) heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add brown sugar; bring to a simmer, whisking constantly until the texture goes from the consistency of wet sand to smooth and slightly lighter in color.

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  • Whisk in cream; continue to cook, whisking occasionally, until the sauce thickens, 4 to 5 minutes more. Remove from heat; whisk in vanilla and salt.

  • Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, warm whiskey (or bourbon) and seltzer just until simmering. Whisk into the butterscotch mixture and watch the drink magically bubble and foam.

  • Divide between 4 heatproof glasses and serve immediately.

Tips

Tip: If you prefer your drink less sweet, you can reduce the sugar to 1/3 or 1/4 cup.

Nutrition Facts

256 calories; fat 11g; cholesterol 32mg; sodium 74mg; carbohydrates 28g; protein 1g; sugars 27g; saturated fat 7g; vitamin a iu 398IU.
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