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National Hot Buttered Rum Day – January 17 – Comforting Winter Drink

Even though the season of holiday cocktails is behind us, the desire for something warm and comforting to drink during the cold is not. This is when National Hot Buttered Rum Day on January 17 will warm us to the bones.Hot buttered Rum drink

For another hot drink day, check out National Hot Chocolate Day on January 31.

What is hot buttered rum?

Hot buttered rum is a mixed alcoholic drink that contains, hot water, rum, butter, a sweetener and spices such as cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon.Hot buttered rum is often served during the holidays

We tend to think of hot buttered rum as a holiday cocktail (it’s often served at Thanksgiving and Christmas parties) but it is enjoyable during any of the cold months.

The history of hot buttered rum

Hot buttered rum is considered one of the oldest mixed drinks in America.

We can thank our early ancestors for the tradition of hot buttered rum. During the mid 1600’s, Jamaica began exporting molasses, from which rum is distilled, to Colonial America.

The first distilleries in New England opened and then early colonists began adding distilled rum to hot beverages, which ended up with the creation of hot buttered rum.

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What are National Days?

National days of the year are a fun way to celebrate odd and unusual foods, animals and items that you come into contact with.  Be sure to check out my National Day’s Guide for more fun days to celebrate.

There are close to 2000 National Days in the year and over 150 of them are celebrated in January. Be sure to check out this post to discover more about the National Days in January, as well as the January Printable Calendar of National Days.

Be sure to also check out these other National Days that feature alcohol:

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Hot Buttered Rum Day is January 17

Here is a recipe for homemade hot buttered rum from scratch.  Print it out below and make one to celebrate the day.

Yield: 1 drink

Hot Buttered Rum Day Recipe

Hot Buttered Rum Day Recipe

This delicious drink is a combination of dark rum, spices and butter. It is perfect for the cold days of winter.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes


  • 1 tablespoon of butter - softened
  • 1 teaspoon ​brown sugar
  • 1 dash ground ​​cinnamon
  • 1 dash ​ground nutmeg
  • 1 dash ​ground allspice
  • 1 dash pure vanilla extract
  • 2 ounces ​​dark rum
  • 5 ounces water (hot)
  • Optional: Cinnamon Stick


  1. Place the butter, sugar, and spices into the bottom of a heavy glass or mug.
  2. Mix well with a muddle.
  3. Pour in the rum, and top the glass with hot water.
  4. Stir well.
  5. Garnish with a cinnamon stick if desired and enjoy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 252Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 99mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 4gProtein: 0g

Nutritional information is approximate due to natural variation in ingredients and the cook-at-home nature of our meals.

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