Hot Benefactor Recipe

By Marcus Samuelsson |

The weather in New York has been as temperamental as trying to bake the perfect foie gras ganache.  Just last week, I was walking around the city in short-sleeves, and now I am wearing multiple layers.  For the upcoming weekend, I plan to warm things up with a spicy rum beverage that incorporates many of the basic ingredients you should have in your kitchen at this time of year.  The hint of nutmeg sprinkled across the top enhances the seasonal flair.


1 tsp simple syrup

1 oz water

2 oz Jamaican rum

2 oz red wine (the drier the better)

Nutmeg, garnish


Photo: Bekathwia

1. Heat the simple syrup in a saucepan with 1 ounce of water. Stir until the sugar dissolves.

2. Add rum and red wine. Heat the mixture until it simmers.

3. Pre-warm a mug (preferably an Irish coffee-style mug) and pour the beverage into it. Garnish with a slice of lemon and a dash of nutmeg on top.