Celebrate Hot Buttered Rum Day!

By Fabiana Santana

HOT CARAMEL BUTTERED RUM RECIPEJanuary 17 is National Hot Buttered Rum Day. Hey, groundhogs get a day, so why shouldn’t a soothing, warm and boozy beverage that does a girl right after a cold and blustery winter day?

This rum cocktail is steeped with anecdotal history, but the actual origin of hot buttered rum is a muddled one.  One legend has it that the drink came about  during a time in Europe when water supplies were often contaminated making drinking alcohol a safer alternative.

During the winter months, warming drinks became an antidote to the poorly insulated buildings and creative ways were sought to prepare these warmed spirits. Another story says hot buttered rum may have started in England and been brought about by the mariners of the day as they tried to stay warm during cold voyages.  And, a different reference dates back to the time of George Washington and the birth of America .  The American Heritage Cookbook says hot buttered rum even “found its way into domestic politics” –apparently the drink was used to sway constituents and influence the vote.

Whatever story tickles your fancy, Hot Buttered Rum came about one way or another.  And similarly, there are multiple recipes that claim to be the best.  Some call for home made caramel to be melted into hot rum while others  expect you to cream butter with sugar and let it melt over a warm stove. I  don’t  know too many single ladies who have the time to make their own caramel nor cream butter and sugar, especially when it’s cocktail time, so lucky for us all Van Gogh vodka conveniently makes a sinfully delicious Dutch Caramel Vodka with butter, honey, and spices that pairs perfectly with rum – we love Ron Abuelo, a dark oak-aged rum from Panama –  and a few spices for the perfect, deliciously warm, cold-weather cocktail!


  • 3 oz Ron Abuelo Añejo rum
  • 1 oz Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
  • 2 Tbsp stick Unsalted Butter, softened
  • 2 Tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 2 Tbsp Honey
  • 1 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cloves
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • Cinnamon Stick
  1. Add all ingredients (excluding rum and vodka) into a hot drinking cup or mug.  Mix the ingredients together until they are well combined and have formed a batter.
  2. Add Ron Abuelo Añejo rum and Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka.  Pour in hot water (1 cup or more to personal taste) and stir vigorously until the mixture has dissolved.
  3. Garnish with cinnamon stick.


Created by James Labe

  • 1 Numi Orange Spice Tea Bag
  • 8 oz. Apple Cider
  • 2 oz. Ron Abuelo Añejo rum
  • Cinnamon Stick
  1. Heat Cider until very hot.
  2. Steep 1 Tea Bag directly in Cider for 5 minutes, covered.
  3. Uncover, add Rum and stir.
  4. Garnish with Cinnamon Stick.



More Great SingleMindeWomen.com Drink Recipes
Hot Winter Drinks
Raising The Bar: Charlotte Voisey Is Mixing Drinks Her Way
Twelve Days of Cocktails