National Hot Buttered Rum Day is celebrated annually on January 17—which is fitting, since it’s the perfect concoction to warm up a cold winter’s day!
Hot Buttered Rum has been a fireside favorite since the 1600s, when American colonists first began importing molasses from Jamaica and adding it to hot drinks like toddies and nogs—making it one of America’s earliest mixed drinks.
A traditional Hot Buttered Rum contains hot water or cider, sugar, spices (usually cinnamon, nutmeg or cloves)…and butter and rum of course!
One of the reasons this cold-weather standby has endured through the centuries is its incredible versatility. Often billed as the “comfort food” of the cocktail world, the Hot Buttered Rum is a veritable blank canvas for a host of interesting ingredients. Have some vanilla extract in your cupboard? Toss it in. Have some Drambuie or Rumchata lying around? Add a splash. Or get really experimental, and try incorporating flavors like ginger, cardamom, or orange zest.
The ease with which a Hot Buttered Rum can be modified makes it a favorite for craft cocktail enthusiasts—unleash your imagination, and see what you can create inspired by this colonial classic!
This January 17, break out the butter and party like a pilgrim on National Hot Buttered Rum Day!
National Hot Buttered Rum Day is typically celebrated in USA.