Winter just got that little bit cosier.
"People tend to be defecting here from somewhere else," says James Connolly of the Perth bar he manages, "usually the pub downstairs or another bar." It's easy to see why casual drinkers fast become mainstays; Defectors is a personable, cosy den that's as appealing to the casual bar-goer as it is to the hardcore cocktail set. This hot toddy is typical of Connolly's work, the honey and cinnamon echoing the sweet and spicy nuances of the rum. Defectors, upstairs, 639 Beaufort St, Mt Lawley, WA, (08) 9328 6200.
DEFECTORS' GUATEMALAN HOT BUTTERED RUM
Combine 10ml boiling water and 1 tsp each honey and cinnamon sugar in a heatproof glass or mug and stir until syrupy. Add 60ml Ron Zacapa Centenario 23, a small knob of unsalted butter and 50ml boiling water and stir briskly until butter has melted. Dust the drink with Valrhona cocoa powder and serve hot.