Cocktail of the Week: Hot Buttered Rum

As the Sainsbury’s and John Lewis Christmas Adverts compete for our attention, and festive lights are lit up all across the country, it seemed fitting to return to our theme of warming cocktails (see our mulled wine recipe here). This week’s Spiced, Hot Buttered Rum cocktail is the perfect prelude to any Christmas party (or a night in at home!).

The toasty tipple is recorded as far back as the 1650s, when the first barrels of molasses began being imported to America from Jamaica. Its reputation as a sailor’s beloved potion is justified: this is simply delicious!
Image by Becky Stern
1 stick unsalted butter, softened
2 cups light brown sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon grated nutmeg
Pinch of ground cloves
Pinch of salt
1 bottle dark rum
Boiling water
Orange slices to decorate
Star Anise to decorate

In a bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Refrigerate until almost firm. Spoon about 2 tablespoons of the butter mixture into 12 small glasses. Pour about 3 ounces of rum into each mug (filling about halfway). Top with boiling water (to fill the remaining half), stir well, add two orange slices and a star anise to each glass and serve immediately.

Santa Teresa Gran Reserva Golden Rum £21.99 now £17.24
Country: Venezuela
Alcohol: 40%
Flagship of the Venezuelan Santa Teresa Hacienda, Gran Reserva is aged up to 5 years – it has a fruity taste with strong notes of freshness combined with wood – giving a firm and smooth feel to the palate
Santa Teresa is an independent, family-owned company with more than two hundred years of tradition and one so passionate about rugby that they have their own team at the Hacienda!
Kraken Black Spiced Rum £24.99 now £18.49
Country: Jamaica
Alcohol: 40%
The Kraken is the first imported black rum from the Caribbean blended with over 11 secret spices and weighs in at an impressive 80 proof. Named for a sea beast of myth and legend, The Kraken is strong, rich, black and smooth. While the smooth taste of The Kraken lends itself to be enjoyed as a sipping rum, its spicy flavour would lend itself perfectly to Hot Buttered Rum.
The Kraken Rum’s unique marketing techniques and individual bottle design have created quite the stir, with a huge following on Twitter and Facebook and with merchandise available through the website that ranges from “Release the Kraken” t-shirts to shower curtains and umbrellas. Take advantage of CellarVie’s fantastic offer onThe Kraken Black Spiced Rum and see first-hand what the fuss is all about.

Angostura 1919 Rum £30.00 now £28.99
Country: Trinidad and Tobago
Alcohol: 40%
Angostura 1919 is a specially blended multiple award winning rum, which celebrates a very particular date in the development of the rum industry in Trinidad & Tobago, as well as the Caribbean. After a fire in 1932, which destroyed the Government Rum Bond, the master blender of Fernandes Distillers, J.B. Fernandes, bought the charred casks, only to discover they had been filled in the year 1919. The prized rum was skillfully blended and called "1919 Aged Rum."
A rich and spicy nose showing vanilla and caramel. The palate is juicy and sweet with allspice and caramel again coming through. The finish is rounded and has notes of vanilla cream.
Did you know?
It is said that, during the First World War, soldiers from Trinidad were sent “care packages” of Angostura rum to boost morale, thus spreading its reputation for high quality, smooth rum world-wide and guaranteeing that Trinidadian soldiers were popular members of their company!

El Dorado 12 Year Old Rum £35.00 now £30.00
Country: Guyana
Alcohol 40%
El Dorado Rum, from the island of Guyana, can trace their heritage back to 1670, an unrivalled historical pedigree. This superb demerara aged rum has a gold medal laden history. Amongst other gongs it won gold at the Caribbean Rum Festival, in London, at seven of the first ten times the event was held.
Lush tropical fruit and spice nose with hints of honey and dark sugar. Round, mellow, full bodied palate with rich flavours of fruit and spice. The finish is delightful, elegant and dry.
Did you know?
The unique name for the rum, ‘El Dorado’, is rooted in Guyana history. Motivated by the legend of a City of Gold and a king whose body was dusted with gold, early explorers searched the ancient heartland of old Guiana in search of ‘El Dorado’ (The Golden One).

Recipe adapted from The Food Network

Written by: Lucy Prosser

Lucy Prosser 


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