Hot buttered rum. Sounds like something from Harry Potter, but is actually a crazy good concoction colonial America created back in 1650.


It all started when Jamaica started importing molasses into Colonial America. When New Englanders got their hands on this awesome new ingredient, they were like, “Yay! We should open distilleries and make rum for everyone!”

And they did. Oh boy they did.


Historian, Scott Haefner, said people in early America loved rum so much that they “drank rum as we drink milk” and that “Americans drank from the crack of dawn to dusk.” So naturally, it was only a matter of time until someone got bored with regular old rum and decided to create toddies, nogs, and… hot buttered rum.


So here’s what it is in a nutshell:

Dark Rum (barrel aged to retain that deep molasses flavor), boiling water, and a brown sugar, unsalted butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt mixture. If you want to get wacky, garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Here’s a step-by-step process so you can make one today and celebrate National Hot Buttered Rum Day like a real American.


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