January Cocktail: Hot Buttered Rum

A perfect cocktail for low temperatures and nights out in the city with that double-breasted winter peacoat you’ve been dying to wear.

There’s not much better than a glass of melted butter mixed with your favorite golden spirit. This drink was the result of colonial  New Englander’s habit of putting rum in everything.

It just so happens, this combo actually taste good.

This version was created out of a Boston cocktail bar in Hawthorne, and makes the winter warmer with the all-important addition of ice cream and black tea.

Gentlemen, enjoy.

The Recipe: Serves 18-20                           Glassware: Mugs or Rocks

  • 2 sticks butter, softened
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vanilla ice cream
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground clove
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground allspice
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Your favorite Dark Rum
  • Hot black tea
  • Garnish: Star Anise (optional)


Blend first 10 ingredients in mixing bowl with electric mixer (if available). Refrigerate until ready to use. When ready, warm the mugs by filling with hot water. Let stand for a minute or two and discard. Add 1 tablespoon of batter to each mug. Top with 2 ounces of hot tea and stir to mix. Add 1 ounce of rum to each mug then 2 more ounces of tea. Rum will for a 1/4 inch cream over the top of the drink. Garnish with star anise and enjoy.


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