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January 17: Hot Buttered Rum Day

Today, January 17 is Hot Buttered Rum Day

Hot Buttered Rum
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Hot buttered rum is a mixed drink containing rum, butter, hot water or cider, a sweetener, and a variety of spices. It is especially popular in the colder months, because it is a hot cocktail. In addition to the traditional cocktail, I have included a recipe for Hot Buttered Rum Cake.

Hot Buttered Rum cocktail


  • 1 stick softened unsalted butter
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Pinch salt
  • Bottle dark rum
  • Hot Cider


In a bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Refrigerate until almost firm. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture into 12 small mugs. Pour about 3 ounces of rum into each mug (filling about halfway). Top with boiling water (to fill the remaining half), stir well, and serve immediately.

Hot Buttered Rum Cake

  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 2 1/2 cups sugar
  • 4 large eggs
  • 3 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/4 cup light rum


  1. Cream butter until light and fluffy. Gradually add sugar and beat on medium speed for 5 minutes.
  2. Add eggs one at a time.
  3. In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt and whisk until blended.
  4. Add the dry mixture to the butter, alternating with the cup of buttermilk until well blended.
  5. Stir in vanilla.
  6. Using a 10-inch tube pan or a 12-cup Bundt pan (greased and floured to prevent sticking), pour batter into pan and bake at 325° for one hour.
  7. Cool for 15 minutes on a wire rack, then transfer to cake plate and cool completely.
  8. Once cake has cooled completely, return it to the baking pan and prick holes at 1-inch intervals with a wooden pick or skewer.
  9. Pour 2/3 of the sauce mixture over the cake allowing it to soak into the holes.
  10. After this has set for about 15 minutes, remove the cake from the pan again and place it on your cake plate and pour the remaining butter sauce over the cake.
  11. FOR SAUCE: Combine sugar, butter and water in a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until sugar dissolves; stirring constantly.
  12. Once this thickens, remove from the heat and add the rum.
  13. Stir well.
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