top of page

January 17th - Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum is more than just a delicious and comforting winter drink - it has a rich history that is steeped in literature and folklore. Let's take a deep dive into the history of Hot Buttered Rum and its literary connections.


Hot Buttered Rum by Nicole Marriner

The History of the Hot Buttered Rum

The origins of Hot Buttered Rum are not entirely clear, but it is believed to have originated in the United States in the 18th or 19th century. The drink was originally made with rum, butter, sugar, and spices and was served hot as a way to warm up and soothe sore throats.

Hot Buttered Rum has been mentioned in literature for centuries, with references to the drink appearing in works by writers such as Edgar Allan Poe, Washington Irving, and Charles Dickens. In fact, Hot Buttered Rum is mentioned in Dickens' classic novel "A Tale of Two Cities" as a drink enjoyed by the characters Jerry Cruncher and Mr. Lorry.

Over time, the Hot Buttered Rum has evolved and now includes a variety of ingredients, such as honey, cream, and cinnamon. It is often served as a cocktail at bars and restaurants, but it can also be made at home with just a few simple ingredients.

Despite its evolution, Hot Buttered Rum remains a popular and comforting drink to this day. It is often enjoyed during the colder months as a way to warm up and relax and is also believed to have health benefits, such as helping to alleviate cold and flu symptoms.


The Recipe

Now, for a classic Hot Buttered Rum recipe that you can make at home:


  • 2 ounces dark rum

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1 cup water


  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter over medium heat.

  2. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg, and stir until the sugar is fully dissolved.

  3. Add the water and bring the mixture to a boil.

  4. Reduce the heat to low and add the rum, stirring until well combined.

  5. Pour the mixture into a mug and enjoy!


  • A splash of heavy cream for a richer, creamier texture.

  • A pinch of ground ginger or allspice for added flavor.


So the next time you enjoy a warm and comforting mug of Hot Buttered Rum, think about its rich history and literary connections. Cheers!

Don't forget to check out January's other cocktail and spirit holidays!


bottom of page