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Thursday, December 8, 2011

Hot Buttered Rum: Warm Drinks for Cold Days

Its getting seriously cold out in our neck of the woods. The dog and I were crunching through the first serious snowfall this morning, and it gets dark at like, 4:30 in the afternoon. Agata is confined to the office typing away at the masters-thesis-that-never-ends, and I'm excited about Christmas.

This is somewhat uncharacteristic, all this holiday spirit. I happily roll my eyes when it comes to other highly corporate, monetized holidays (Valentine's Day? I would never.), but Christmas seems to get me every time. Especially the part with the tree. I love Christmas trees. I would keep one in the house year-round if I could.

I'm going to blame my parents for this one (why not?). They always had a somewhat lackluster attitude towards Christmas trees. They were game for the rest of the Christmas thing, there were always stockings, and lights outside the house, and even Christmas cookies ... but their performance around Christmas trees has been a bit spotty.

One year, Dec. 23rd rolled around, and all the Christmas trees were sold out at the local lot. My father strung a rope across the living room and had us all decorate that instead. Other years, unsuspecting potted plants would get the treatment. So here I am, a decade later and the first guy at the tree lot.

Besides Christmas trees, the best thing about the Christmas has got to be the hot, boozy drinks. I have long been a fan of mulled cider with rum and hot toddies, and I am happy to add this recipe for hot buttered rum to the list. It is deliciously rich, spicy and warming. I may never go to bed sober again.

Even better, you can make up this recipe in advance and keep it in the fridge, adding a spoonful to some hot water and rum whenever the urge takes you (which may be often). I think I'm going to give this jar to my brother, along with a bottle of rum.

You need:

3 cups brown sugar
1/2 cup unsalted butter
3 tbsp honey
1 tbsp vanilla
1 tsp ground nutmeg
1 tsp ground allspice
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp orange zest (optional)

1. Combine all ingredients in a sauce pan and mix until the sugar has dissolved into the butter.
2. Pour the mixture into a jar.
3. Add one tbsp mix to a mug of hot water with 1 ounce of rum. If you're feeling fancy, add a cinnamon stick.



  1. THIS made my day. I am so going to make this decadent stuff this very weekend! And for the record, with this blog post open in my browser tab, the title of this page reads:

    "Recipe for Disaster: Hot Butt"

    That also made my day. I'm now following your blog! :)

  2. Hot butt! Now THAT made my day.

    Let me know how you like the recipe/anything you might do differently. I think this one could be fun to play with and try out variations..

  3. May be nice to make extra and freeze in ice cube trays. Instant merriment for the whole holiday season. Cheers!

  4. Ha! Jax just suggested that we make "hot toddie kits" for fam x-mas gifts and when i suggested that we make buttered rum she told me that was "too complicated" and that we should just put a lemon and a cinnamon stick in a jar! This will be WAY better. xo!

  5. Ok, I just made this and I'm siping some hot buttered rum as I write to say: THANK YOU!!!!
    This is sooooo yummy, *sigh of contentment*
    How long do you think it will keep?
    I wonder if this batch will last until Christmas to be giving away?

  6. Hurray! Glad you like it! It seems to last quite a while - I think it should be fine until Christmas in the fridge.. if you can save some!