This Hot Buttered Rum is the classic winter cocktail recipe you need to have! It's warm, sweet and totally decadent. Easy cocktail recipe
Apparently hot buttered rum has been a thing for quite a long time, but I'd never heard of it until last month when I spotted it on a brunch menu. Obviously, I ordered it, and was promptly transported straight to winter cocktail heaven. Butter? In a beverage?! Sign. Me. Up.
Hot buttered rum - if it's also new to you - is exactly what it sounds like. It's a warm and cozy alcoholic beverage with real butter stirred right in. If you think that sounds heavy and kinda gross, think again. Although I can't exactly drink more than one of these, it's actually much lighter than it sounds. It's almost like sipping on boozy, spiced, liquified toffee. If that description doesn't make your mouth water, just go ahead and close this page and find another cocktail more suitable to your taste.
This classic drink begins with plain old water. That's right, just water. Hydration! If we were to use straight rum it would be waaay too intense. We'll sweeten it up with dark brown sugar for an extra caramelly, molassesey punch. Next, we'll add some spices. I use cinnamon, allspice, cloves and freshly grated nutmeg - but don't go running to the store to buy them if you don't have them all on hand. Use what you have in your spice cabinet (unless they're old - then you should definitely consider replacing them) and adapt the recipe to suit your needs. This is all about easy drinking - we have an entire year ahead of us to complicate. Let's keep things simple for the rest of 2016.
Bring the mixture up to a boil, then turn off the heat. Next, we'll add the rum. Dark spiced rum works nice, but a basic light rum will get the job done just fine. Add as much or as little as you like - it is still "the holidays" after all. And finally... drumroll please... the butter!
Whisk the butter in slowly to let it emulsify into the drink. The last thing you want is to have a thick layer of fat floating on the top, but sometimes separation is inevitable. A generous pinch of salt will help to bring out all of those sweet, spicy, and buttery notes. Don't skip it! Garnish with cinnamon sticks to add flavor and double as a stirring device. Sip. Savor. Stir. Sip again. Feel all the warm and cozy feels and soak in the last of the holiday vibes.