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FOOD HOLIDAY: Hot Buttered Rum Recipe With Caramel

A hot toddy is a warm cocktail made with boiling water, sugar and spices, plus other ingredients—hot buttered rum is one such variation. (Read the History of Hot Buttered Rum.) Celebrate National Hot Toddy Day on January 11th with a luscious cocktail from Ron Abuelo, a dark oak-aged rum from Panama.

This Hot Caramel Buttered Rum recipe combines smooth aged (añejo) rum with Van Gogh’s Dutch Caramel Vodka. It’s a fine drink to sip as you relax at the end of the day.

Or, have it at the end of dinner: It’s a cocktail and a dessert in one.


Ingredients Per Cocktail

  • 1/4 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 3 ounces Ron Abuelo Añejo rum
  • 1 ounce Van Gogh Dutch Caramel Vodka
  • Boiling water
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish

    Mmm, hot buttered rum—with caramel! Photo courtesy Ron Abuelo. Like these glasses? Here’s something similar.


    1. Combine first six ingredients—butter, sugar, honey and spices—into a large mug, Irish coffee glass, or other handled vessel. Mix together with a spoon.

    2. Add rum and vodka.

    3. Pour in hot water (1/2 cup to 1 cup, to personal taste) and stir vigorously until the mixture has dissolved. Garnish with cinnamon stick.

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