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Hot Buttered Rum

A classic winter cocktail
Hot Buttered Rum
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Brave the cold weather with this warm cocktail in your system. This classic holiday drink is perfect to enjoy when you're under some warm blankets and snowed inside your home.

This recipe is by William Rice and was originally published in the Chicago Tribune.


For variation, substitute hot milk for the water and/or bourbon for the rum.


  • 1 Teaspoon brown sugar
  • 3/4 Cups boiling water
  • 1/4 Cup (2 ounces) dark rum
  • 1 Tablespoon butter, at room temperature
  • Freshly grated nutmeg


Combine sugar and water in a warmed mug.

Stir in rum, then float butter atop and sprinkle lightly with nutmeg.