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Happy Hour: Hot Buttered Rum

Tomorrow, Jan.17, is National Hot Buttered Rum day. To celebrate, I'm heading over to my friend H. Joseph Ehrmann's bar, Elixir, in San Francisco's Mission district. They're having a little party, and hot buttered rums are the highlight. If you don't live in SF, no worries: H has shared his recipe with us, so you can make it in the comforts of your cozy kitchen! While some variations call for a batter, this recipe is less traditional. It combines hot water with butter, whole cloves, and cinnamon sticks. The final concoction is extra-rich in spice with a creamy texture and soothing taste. According to H, it's best enjoyed "in a chilled room, around 40 degrees Fahrenheit."

Sounds like it would be the perfect cocktail after a day of skiing or traveling, so to get the recipe,


Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum


  1. 1 clove
  2. 1 inch of cinnamon stick (broken to fit inside a tea infuser)
  3. 1 sugar cube (recommended: demerara)
  4. 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  5. boiling water
  6. 2 ounces spiced rum (recommended: Gosling's Black Seal Rum)
  7. 1/4 ounce St. Elizabeth's Allspice Dram


  1. In a tea ball or other tea infuser, place the clove, cinnamon stick, sugar cube, and 2 tablespoons of the butter.
  2. Steep the ball in 4 ounces of boiling water for 3 minutes.
  3. Add the spiced rum and St. Elizabeth’s Allspice Dram.
  4. Stir by dipping tea ball 3-4 times. Float the remaining 2 tablespoons of butter on top and serve.

Makes 1 drink.


Join The Conversation
facin8me facin8me 8 years
michelin- apparently one is supposed to drink this in the comfort of their refrigerator. My husband makes Hot Buttered Rum almost exactly like this recipe except he uses brown sugar instead of a sugar cube.
Michelann Michelann 8 years
"According to H, it's best enjoyed "in a chilled room, around 40 degrees Fahrenheit." " What? How do you even get a room that cold?
sunshinepointe sunshinepointe 8 years
Holy butter batman - my arteries just clogged thinking about it.
doogirl doogirl 8 years
Jar of creamy, not creamy jar...
doogirl doogirl 8 years
My girlfriend made these at Christmas for her friends, delicious! But she used a creamy jar of buttered rum mix. It's easier and just as tasty!
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