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    Whispering Wreath

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


    • 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


    Step 1
    Using a muddler or large wooden spoon, mash sugar and herbs together in a large saucepan until the herbs are bruised and fragrant.
    Step 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.
    Step 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.

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