On January 17th, National Hot Buttered Rum Day warms us up during mid-January.
Depending on where you are on this January day, it may be warm, chilly, cold, or frigid. Enjoying a hot buttered rum drink would sure be a good way to warm up if you are in one of the latter three.
A mixed drink containing rum, butter, hot water or cider, sweetener, and spices (typically cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves), hot buttered rum is especially favored during the fall and winter months and is sometimes associated with the holiday season.
In the United States, hot buttered rum’s history dates back to the colonial days. It was in the 1650s when Jamaica began importing molasses to Colonial America. New England started opening distilleries where the colonists then began adding distilled rum to hot beverages such as toddies and nogs, creating hot buttered rum, eggnog and others.
Hot buttered rum is often made by blending a buttered rum batter with dark rum. Dark rum is a rum that has been barrel-aged for an extended length of time to retain a more intense molasses flavor. Those that prefer a milder or a spicier taste may choose the option of using light rum or spiced rum mixed with the batter.
HOW TO OBSERVE #HotButteredRumDay
Warm up with a mug of hot buttered rum!
Surprise your friends by making this Hot Buttered Rum Quick Bread recipe.
Use #HotButteredRumDay to post on social media.
NATIONAL HOT BUTTERED RUM DAY HISTORY
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Hot Buttered Rum FAQ
Q. Is there a difference between hot buttered rum and a Tom and Jerry?
A. Yes. While both are hot, alcoholic beverages, their ingredients differ. Tom and Jerrys are also often made with rum, though they can also be made with whiskey or vodka. Both are also spiced. However, a batter instead of butter (see what we did there?) is used to make a Tom and Jerry rich and creamy.
Q. Is honey a good addition to hot buttered rum?
A. Yes. Honey adds a little sweetness and complements the butter and spice of the rum quite well.
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