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FriJan 17

National Hot Buttered Rum Day – January 17, 2025

It’s hot. It’s buttered. It’s hot buttered rum! Haven’t had it? No worries. January 17 is National Hot Buttered Rum Day and it’s the perfect opportunity to give it a try. Hot buttered rum is a mixed drink containing rum, butter, hot water or cider, sweetener, and spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. It dates back to colonial America, but likely originates from Europe. It’s most often enjoyed in the fall and winter, when it’s cold and cozy and has been described as “comfort food in a mug”. Craving a warm mug of it already? We are too.

National Hot Buttered Rum Day timeline

Early Recipe

Bartender Jerry Thomas wrote two recipes for hot rum drinks in his book ‘How to Mix Drinks.’

Entrance Into Fiction

Kenneth Roberts mentioned the drink in his bestselling novel ‘Northwest Passage.’


Hot Buttered Rum evolved into a Tiki drink or a modified ‘Coffee Grog.’

Further Variations

The Tiki version underwent at least two more versions.

National Hot Buttered Rum Day Activities

  1. Try hot buttered rum in new ways

    There is more than one way to enjoy the amazing flavors of hot buttered rum. There is hot buttered rum coffee and cider, but what we recommend is hot buttered rum cake! We know you’re drooling at the though. There are many varying recipes online, but whichever you choose, we know it will go great with a mug of hot buttered rum!

  2. Create variations of the drink

    In addition to a mug of this classic drink, get creative and come up with your own take on hot buttered rum. You could add vanilla, or any other flavoring you like. Maybe there’s spices you’d like in your drink, like cardamom. See what you can come up with. You might create something better than the original!

  3. Enjoy hot buttered rum!

    Easiest and best way to observe National Hot Buttered Rum Day? Drink a mug (or two) of hot buttered rum! Go out and enjoy it with friends or family or stay in and make your own. Curl up by the fire with a good book and enjoy this drink the way it was meant to be enjoyed!

Why We Love National Hot Buttered Rum Day

  1. It makes us feel cozy

    Certain drinks make us feel especially relaxed and cozy. Hot chocolate, coffee, tea, hot toddys, and cider are just a few of these lovely beverages. But hot buttered rum seems to cater to all tastes. You have alchohol to give it a kick. The butter and sugar to give it some sweetness. Spices to enhance the cozy taste and feel. It’s the perfect drink for cold winter night.

  2. We love a good drink

    We all love to spice up some drinks with a little booze. It’s fun to sit with friends and family and enjoy a good drink. That’s probably why such activities exist in almost every culture. A warm beverage, a little rum, and good company is the perfect mix for a good time in the cold fall and winter months.

  3. It satisfies a sweet tooth

    Hot buttered rum is able to satisfy a sweet tooth, despite not being overly sweet or a typical dessert. The butter and sweetener in the drink is enough to keep us away from the cookie jar, and the spices and rum ensure it’s not disgustingly sweet. It’s a good balance and a great after-dinner drink.

National Hot Buttered Rum Day dates

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