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Ultimate hot buttered rum recipe

Brian Reid, 1985-07-21

I started making hot buttered rum from a Trader Vic recipe 15 years ago, and I have gradually evolved it by adding more spices, more butter, and less rum.

The way you make a hot buttered rum is to add some “batter” to some rum, and heat it. I like to keep a made-up batch of the batter in the refrigerator in an old margarine tub. For parties I make up a fresh batch.

Serves 12:

  • 1 lb dark brown sugar (500 g)
  • ½ lb salted butter (250 g)
  • 1 tsp ground nutmeg (5 ml)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon (5 ml)
  • 1 tsp ground cloves (5 ml)
  • 1 tsp ground white cardamom (5 ml)
  • 750 ml top-quality dark rum

Making the Batter

Put all batter ingredients (everything but the rum) in a food processor and run it until the mixture turns creamy. Fold it down once with a rubber spatula to make sure the spices are blended in, and run the food processor some more.

Scoop the mixture into a plastic container, and refrigerate. It will keep for many months in the refrigerator, even though it contains butter.

Making the Drinks

Fill a coffee mug half full of boiling water. The easiest way to do this is to put a mug of hot water in the microwave. If you don't have a microwave, then fill the mug with boiling water, pour it out, then fill it half full of boiling water.

Add 2 generous tablespoons (40 ml) of batter. Stir until the batter dissolves in the hot water. I use a small wire whisk for this stirring.

Add 2 jiggers (3 floz. or 100 ml) of the best rum you can afford. When I make this in quantities for parties I like to use Myers Dark Rum.

One theory of hot-toddy making is that it is impossible to use too much batter and you should keep stirring more in until you are bored with stirring.

Another theory of hot-toddy making is that it is impossible to use too much rum, and that you should keep stirring in more until your friends panic.

Difficulty: easy.
Time: 5 minutes.
Precision: no need to measure.

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