Before you thank me, I want to give credit where credit is due. And that needs to go to our friend Katusha, who was generous enough to bring us a container of her hot buttered rum mix to the Thanksgiving meal we hosted last month. Since then, Eric and I have been tearing through it, sharing it with friends at the end of a long day of work.
As the contents of the jar quickly disappeared (where did it all go???), I knew it was time to not just make my own batch, but to pay it forward. Seeing that we were attending our friends John and Molly’s Christmas party this past weekend, it was the ideal time to whip up some more and give them a container.
Normally when I embark on such an endeavor, I immediate start searching for recipes, but I knew exactly what ingredients went into it. And it really was as simple as it looked, making it the ideal last minute Christmas gift.
For those who have never had it before, hot buttered rum mix is a blend of butter, sugar, and a variety of spices. The spices you include can vary depending on your preference, but this is a fairly resilient recipe (with limits of course), so feel free to play around a bit.
When consumed with some rum and hot water, you have the perfect after dinner beverage. But, be warned, you WILL want to go to sleep after you’re finished.
Hot Buttered Rum Mix
1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, softened and cut into chunks
1 1/2 cups light brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar
2 tbsp cinnamon
1 tbsp nutmeg
2 tsp ground ginger
a pinch of ground dried clove
1 tbsp vanilla extract
Put all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and mix until everything has blended together.
Transfer the mixture to a jar and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.
Now… what to do with it:
1 1/2 ounces of rum (bourbon works well too)
Hot buttered rum mix
Pour the rum into a glass or mug. Add a heaping spoonful of the hot buttered rum mix to the glass and pour the water on top of it. Stir and enjoy.