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Hot Buttered Rum, it’s like Liquid Christmas!

This one has been a long time coming, you’ve asked for it and now you’re gonna get it! The Barfly’s own Hot Buttered Rum.
Hot Buttered Rum, it's like Liquid Christmas! | The Educated Barfly

Hot Buttered Run has been a holiday staple since colonial times. Rum has been imported into the US from Jamaica (specifically into New England) since about the 1650’s and it was only a matter of time before we not only started putting the delicious stuff into our Nogs, Possits, Punches and Toddies but started distilling it on our own. The addition of butter into alcoholic drinks didn’t start there though, it’s been being done since the days of Henry VIII when we find a physician by the name of Andrew Boorde (1490-1549) recommending buttered Ale as a remedy for a hoarseness. By the mid 1600’s the drink went purely medicinal to recreational and although we’re not too sure where the spirits came into the picture, by the time New Englanders were distilling rum, buttered rum was definitely a thing. And yes, the New Englanders also believed rum to be good for the physical body and gave it as a restorative draught. And yes, they also drank it for pleasure. So whether you’re drinking to your health or to your end I do hope you enjoy our very festive Hot Buttered Rum recipe!


  • 2oz (60ml) Rum
  • .5oz (15ml) Spiced Syrup
  • 1 Large Spoon Butter Batch
  • 4-5oz Hot Water

Spiced Syrup:

  • 8oz (240ml) Demerrara Sugar
  • 4oz (120ml) Hot Water
  • 1oz (30ml) Ginger Syrup
  • 1/8 tsp Ground Clove Or 2 Whole Cloves
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 Star Anise
  • 10 black peppercorns
  • Blend in a blender until smooth and strain through a nut milk bag or cheesecloth

Butter Batch

  • 100g Salted Butter
  • 4 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • .25 tsp Nutmeg
  • .25 tsp Clove
  • .25 tsp Cinnamon

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