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When dreaming up a cocktail that uses Festivus (or Holiday Spice), I wanted to highlight the warm spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove.  After some research, I discovered that a typical Hot Buttered Rum uses all of those spices plus some sugar so, as Kramer would say, Giddayup.  The addition of apple cider only puts it over the top into warm cocktail Nirvana.

Since this drink is warm and sweet, I’ve named it Shmoopie after Jerry’s term of affection for his girlfriend.  Though his friends found the name grating, with this cocktail you will find Serenity Now.



  • ¾ oz Festivus Maple Syrup
  • ½ cup water
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider
  • 1 oz dark rum


Put the syrup, water, butter and cider in a small pot.  Turn on stove to medium heat and let it heat until it just starts to simmer. Stir to make sure it is blended.  Remove from the heat and add the rum.  Garnish with a cinnamon stick.  Serves 1