History of Food

History of Food

Saturday, January 17, 2015

National Hot Buttered Rum Day - January 17

Just what is Hot Buttered Rum?

Brief history lesson:
After molasses was brought to Colonial America from the Jamaican island, the entrepreneurial colonists and Jamaican businessmen opened distilleries - making rum from molasses (by-product of sugar refining).  Rum was a New World spirit. With this increased the supply of rum, the creative colonists added it to their liquid libations – necessity was the mother of invention for warmth in the cold New England months.
Colonial experimentation and creativity to effectively use this surplus distilled rum they added rum to hot beverages called hot toddies.

Originating in Northern Europe, where beer, cider, wine and spirits were mulled with sugar and spices to add some cheer to cold winter days.  As in Northern Europe, during colonial era it was customary to serve many beverages hot beverages, thus the evolution of hot buttered rum.  Hot buttered rum was a favorite in Colonial America.

Spiced rum drinks are especially popular during the winter months. Charles Coulombe, author of Rum: The Epic Story of the Drink that Conquered the World, writes that rum has always been an "important component of American holiday celebrations", and given the Puritanical ban on outright celebration of religious holidays, hot toddies and spiced rum drinks share an association with American civic holidays, such with New Years and Thanksgiving.

Just The Facts:
Hot buttered rum is traditionally made with dark rum, which has been aged in oak barrels to develop a deeper, molasses flavor.  This cocktail was made with boiling water, sugar and spices is traditionally referred to as a "toddy," and made with whiskey or sherry. Warm alcoholic beverages such as glogg, mulled wine and toddies.   Hot buttered rum is a toddy (specifically, a rum toddy). Toddies can be made of any spirit—bourbon, brandy, tequila, Scotch and other whiskeys are popular.  Hot buttered rum is a mixed drink containing rum, butter, hot water or cider, a sweetener, and various spices (usually cinnamon,nutmeg, and cloves).  It is especially popular in the fall and winter and is traditionally associated with the holiday season

Hot Buttered Rum is a historical hold over from American Colonial Era and America's forefathers.

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