Twelve Days of Christmas: Hot Buttered Rum

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These are sort of like hot toddies, but with butter! They go down super easy, so be careful. They’re stronger than they taste. The recipe below makes two, so adjust accordingly.

Hot Buttered Rum

  • 2 tbsp butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp cloves
  • 1/8 tsp mace
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 3 oz spiced rum
  • roughly 8 oz boiling water
  • 2 star anise

Cream butter, sugar and spice in a small bowl. Set a full tea kettle to boil. Divide butter mixture between two heatproof mugs. Pour 1 1/2 ounces of rum in each mug. Top with boiling water and garnish with star anise.

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13 Responses to Twelve Days of Christmas: Hot Buttered Rum

  1. TasteFood says:

    I’ll take my rum hot and buttered any day.

  2. Eva Taylor says:

    I would not have thought I liked this type if drink until I actually had it at the Fortress of Louisbourg, a national historic reconstruction about 20 years ago. Apparently it was a popular drink in the 1700s!

  3. Cecile says:

    This will ‘warm the cockles of your heart’ – fer sure !! I always wondered how Hot Buttered Run was made!! Below — a bit of history (from Wikipedia)
    “After molasses began being imported to Colonial America from Jamaica, and distilleries opened in New England in the 1650s, colonists began adding distilled rum to hot beverages such as toddies and nogs, creating beverages such as hot buttered rum and eggnog, among others.”

  4. Merry Christmas, Greg and Katherine! You’ll be pleased to know that I’ve been out to buy cocktail ingredients – peach and butterscotch Schnapps, white rum, Frangelico and juices – it’s summer here, so bring on the festive season! Thanks for all your inspiration this year! x

  5. ChgoJohn says:

    Well, I learned something new here, Greg. Never did see a recipe for hot buttered rum before. A drink of rum and butter didn’t appeal to me. This, though, sounds like a great drink. I need to try it.
    Suspicious? If the wine is good, I’ll meet you at the curb with a cork screw. We can let the wine breathe on our way up my walk.

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