Toddy Troubles: Hot Buttered Rum

Ah hot buttered rum one of my very favorite cold weather drinks and evidence that hot water can be a nice ingredient.

There are dozens of ways to make a buttered toddy, but the best in my opinion is to make a compound butter with the spices and butter. If one adds the spices in with the rum they don’t dissolve. They sit and get powdery and become annoying to drink.

I didn’t ever really try the hot water version, after all how is hot water going to benefit the flavor? To answer it’s by letting the rum and batter do the talking.

My version uses Chai and no additional spices beyond the garnish. The regular butter adds a creaminess and the honey provides its unique flavor and sweetness.

No matter how you make it remember a good quality rum is key. As we discussed before a hot drink will magnify the flaws in a lesser rum. We enjoyed premium Trinidadian sipper Zaya in this immensely.

Try it both ways I think the hot water will leave you surprised.


Hot Buttered Rum
1 1/2 oz Dark Rum
1 cup Boiling Water
2 Tablespoons Rum Batter

Garnish: Cinnamon Stick

Put batter, rum, and garnish in the bottom of a preheated heatproof glass. Top with 1 cup or 8 oz of boiling water and stir to combine.

Hot Rum Batter
½ Cup Unsalted Butter
1 cup Light Brown Sugar
1 tbsp Cinnamon
2 tsp Nutmeg

Cream in a mixer until homogenous. Place in wax paper then roll tightly and form into a loaf. Lasts for several weeks in the fridge or in the freezer until whenever.


JFL’s Hot Buttered Rum
1 1/2 oz Dark Rum
1 cup Hot Chai Tea
2 Softened Butter
1/2 oz Honey Syrup (Equal parts clover honey and hot water.)
Garnish: Cinnamon Stick

Put butter, rum, honey, and garnish in the bottom of a preheated heatproof glass. Top with 1 cup or 8 oz of hot Chai and stir to combine.


Warm’s me up just thinking about it. Merry Christmas and Until next time.

You get Hammered America!





About JFL

Joey or JFL as he is known by friends is a culinary trained mixologist from the Heart of Dixie Birmingham, Alabama. From a weekly column in the St. Clair News Aegis to his own experiments online JFL never stops doing work on Tiki and Cocktails. When he's not studying all things spirit, wine, and beer he's pursuing his own odd interests such as cartoons, cheesy old horror movies, horror punk, hair metal, and hockey
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  1. Pingback: National Hot Buttered Rum Day | Rated R Cocktails

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