Confession: This blog post is not new. Well, the pictures are, but the original post was written in 2014 when I was a new blogger…and incredibly frustrated with my photography skills. I wanted to share this recipe with y’all again since it is my Christmas cocktail staple, but the original blog post was just too cute to revise. So if you’ve been along this blogging journey with me for a few years now, hopefully you can appreciate the nostalgia of what you’re about to read as much as I do. Just a couple things are different now…Andrew and I are of course married, we live in our new (old) house with a REAL fireplace, and we no longer have to dream about snow…this time of year we get plenty of it in our new hometown of Reno. Enjoy the post, and enjoy your hot buttered rum.
Hot Butt Rum, Hot Butt Rum, na-na-na-na na-na-na-na Hot Butt Rum.
That is the tune that Andrew sings every time he makes me Hot Buttered Rum, replacing the lyrics of “Hot Cross Buns”. He actually does this quite frequently, replacing lyrics to songs, especially around Christmas time. His favorite one (and secretly mine too) is replacing “kids jingle-belling and Dani Grams yelling” during the “most wonderful time of the year” song. I gotta love our relationship. 🙂
Here in Las Vegas, we have to force ourselves into the holidays spirit. For those of us used to crappy, cold weather and dreary days around Christmas time, its difficult even after 10 years to adjust to the endless sunny days, palm trees, cacti, and warm daytime temperatures of the desert.
Despite having gotten our Christmas tree in t-shirts this year, our holiday season has been merry and bright thanks to one seasonally special drink: hot buttered rum. An irresistible cocktail with a funny name, this has been Andrew’s and my favorite holiday drink for the last few years. This is the go-to holiday concoction if you’re looking for something sweet and warming but don’t want the heaviness you’d get from creamy drinks like eggnog or baileys.
No matter how hot it may still be outside, a glass of hot buttered rum makes me want to snuggle in front of the (dvd) fireplace with the illusion that its snowy and cold out. And it’s a great one for your holiday guests—who doesn’t like butter, and who doesn’t like rum? You may get the occasional friend or family member who will look at you when you offer one with the look on their face like “butter in a cocktail??” You may even be thinking that right now. But trust me, this cocktail will be the hit while you’re decorating, while you’re eating cookies, while you’re opening presents…the opportunities are endless!
Merry Christmas! I hope this cocktail enhances all the cheer in your home for the holidays!
- ½ Cup unsalted butter, softened (1 stick)
- 2 Cups light brown sugar
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground cloves
- ½ tsp grated nutmeg
- 1 pinch salt
- dark rum (we often use spiced!)
- hot water
- With an electric mixer, blend butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, and salt together in a medium bowl. Place in a sealable container and put in the refrigerator until ready to use.
- For each cocktail you make, spoon 1 Tablespoon of the butter mixture into a small mug. Top with 2-3 oz of dark rum, then fill the rest of the mug with hot water. Mix the contents of the mug together with a spoon or small whisk.
- Keep the butter mixture in the fridge and use whenever you are in the mood for another hot buttered rum! (Makes about 12 drinks total)