I’m continuing with hot cocktails for the month of January. Last week I suggested an Apple Cinnamon Gin Toddy. This week, I’ve turned a Rum Cow, which is usually served on the rocks, into a steaming mug of boozy goodness. A Rum Cow is basically milk and rum, with a little bitters and sugar added. Sometimes there’s vanilla or nutmeg added. I threw it all in there and heated it up.

The Hot Tipsy Cow will warm your soul on a chilly winter night. It certainly warmed mine.


  • 5 oz. whole milk
  • 1 1/2 oz. light rum (I’m sure spiced rum would be good, too)
  • 1/8 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 tsp. simple syrup
  • 2 dashes aromatic bitters
  • Ground nutmeg (or fresh if you have it)
  1. Put milk, rum, vanilla and simple syrup into a pan.
  2. Heat over medium-high until heated through, stirring occasionally. Do not allow it to come to a boil.
  3. Add bitters, stir, remove from heat and place in a mug.
  4. Sprinkle with nutmeg.
  5. What happens when you heat up a Rum Cow? It becomes a soul-warming, winter cocktail.

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Robin Shreeves ( @rshreeves ) focuses on food from a family perspective from her home base in New Jersey.