Cocktail Friday: Hot Buttered Rum (Guest Post)

by Tokyo Terrace on January 8, 2010

I am so excited about this post. Our guest today is Rebecca, my brilliant, talented and ridiculously creative sister. She is enduring the bitter cold in Minnesota right now and I can speak from personal experience to the effectiveness of this cocktail in warming body and soul. Her “letter” to me, made up of charming drawings done by Rebecca herself, includes her recipe for Hot Buttered Rum. I only wish they sold it in a can in the vending machines around Tokyo…

Thank you, Rebecca, for guest posting and I hope you will do it again soon! Cheers!

Hot Buttered Rum
Makes 4 servings

1/2 cup water
1 1/2 cups apple cider
2 cups dark rum
2 Tablespoons butter, softened
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 Tablespoon honey

Pour the water, cider and rum into a kettle or saucepan and bring to a boil.

While your brew is brewing, combine the butter, vanilla extract and honey in a small bowl.

Divide brew and butter into 4 pretty cups or mugs. Add a cinnamon stick and serve.

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  • Fuji Mama

    Those illustrations are absolutely fabulous! Great post. :)

  • Jan

    What’s a mother to say . . .
    My daughters are amazing, both of them.
    Great job!

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  • kamran siddiqi

    What an awesome guest post! Rebecca, you are absolutely talented! I’d love to see another one of your guest posts in the near future- your drawings are absolutely beautiful!

  • Pat Meyer

    Rebecca, What a beautiful post! The drawings are so charming and the sentiments so lovely! It was nice to meet you in December at our Christmas at Luther gathering. Cheers to warm drinks on frigid nights! Pat Meyer

  • Aunt J in Hendersonville

    As soon as I read the intro I knew I was in for a treat – and I certainly was not disappointed! I’m still smiling…
    That was beautiful and so clever!
    My nieces are brilliant – both of them!
    Now, is there any dark rum in the cupboard…

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  • Marc @ NoRecipes

    If recipes looked more like this I might use them more! That was fun to read:-) And I’m fascinated by the sound of this drink. It’s been freezing here and definitely the right kind of weather for a little fortifying.

  • Rebecca

    You people are so kind! Thanks!

    A few notes on the recipe …

    1. I’ve tried it with light rum and it wasn’t as good.
    2. I’ve tried it with apple JUICE and it wasn’t as good.
    3. You can control the alcohol burn by boiling … if you want it lighter, boil it longer. If you want the full rum flavor, don’t boil it at all. Just add it after the cider and water have boiled.

  • Erica @ somesugarandspice

    wow what a fun post!

  • the lacquer spoon

    This wintry drink is new to me… don’t you add cinnamon??

  • c.abeln


    I cannot wait to try this. In general I try to count my blessings spending winter in Texas, but for some strange reason I still get cold. A South Dakota girl cannot complain about cold in Texas! The first try will occur with a good friend. As always, I love the writing style. I miss you both so dearly.


  • Tracy @ Sugarcrafter

    I just found your blog from the comment you left on mine, and I love it!! I added it to my Google Reader. Can’t wait to see what you come up with next! :-)

  • Kitchen M

    How adorable! It’s like a children’s cookbook, only that the actual recipe is for adults!

  • kms

    your sister’s drawings are pure genius! so sweet, so creative.

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  • heidileon

    lovely! lovely everything!, the recipe (can wait to get colder weather to try it!); the illustrations are just SO beautiful.

    Gosh! your Mom is right!. What a pair of talented and beautiful *girls* she have.

  • wasabi prime

    Oh my goodness, this post is too adorable for words. It reminds me of a book of published notes and journals that were done by Jackie Bouvier before she became Kennedy, when she and her sister were at the Sorbonne. Beautiful little notes and illustrations, perfectly capturing their thoughts, observations and hopes while in France.

  • Gina

    So when is Rebecca starting her blog? :)

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  • Rebecca

    It’s lookin’ a little different in the new format, Rachael.

    Truth be told, this post was designed specifically to have outlines around the images … but this fuel for creativity towards the next post.

  • tokyoterrace

    Rebecca: I can put borders around the pics if you’d like. Just let me know!

  • Rebecca

    yes preaze

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