Hot Buttered Rum, 1940 – Vintage Cocktail Friday

Posted on Dec 13 2013 - 5:32am by RetroRuth

To celebrate the end of this week, we are making a vintage classic!


Hot Buttered Rum!


Hot Buttered Rum
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 2 T hot water
  • 1 jigger rum
  • butter
  1. In warm tumbler, melt the sugar into the hot water. Add in the rum and a lump of butter the size of a marble. Then fill the glass with very hot water. Stir and serve.


But, instead of Old Quaker Rum, we are going to be slipping in a little bit of the stuff we brought back from Aruba, while there is some left. This weekend is the weekend I start baking for the upcoming Five Days of Fruitcake blitz for this blog, and I really don’t know how much of it is going to be left after that!



“So, what does it taste like?”


The Verdict: Tastes like Butter

From The Tasting Notes:

This reminds me of the first sips of a Tom & Jerry, before the mix itself has time to dissolve fully. Not bad. I would drink another one if it was free. Good holiday drink if you were out of eggnog and Irish Coffee.

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  1. Amorette December 13, 2013 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    When our local temperatures hit minus 35°F last weekend, we were big fans of hot buttered rum. My husband sticks a maraschino cherry in his but I don’t care for them so I take mine stirred with a cinnamon stick.

    • Mary L December 13, 2013 at 9:01 pm - Reply

      I like to stir hot chocolate/cocoa with a cinnamon stick.

  2. dkzody December 14, 2013 at 2:21 pm - Reply

    Sounds really good to me. Of course, anything with butter in it appeals to me.

  3. Sara In AZ December 14, 2013 at 10:41 pm - Reply

    Ahhhhhhhh, Frankie’s…….we had a blast!!!!

  4. JJ January 15, 2014 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Never have made hot buttered rum with light rum before…or the sugar-spice “batter.” I imagine it’d only taste of butter.

  5. Yinzerella January 17, 2014 at 9:48 am - Reply

    Today is National Hot Buttered Rum Day!
    I’d love to see the cover of that cookbook.

  6. Kelly Lynn Harkins June 5, 2014 at 11:38 pm - Reply

    I have a glass from Frankie's tiki room sitting in my cubpoard 🙂

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