National Hot Buttered Rum Day

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Hot buttered rum is the perfect drink to warm you up on a cold winter's night. It's a popular spiced rum drink that was popular in the colonial days. After molasses began to be imported to Colonial America from Jamaica, and distilleries opened in New England in the 1650's, the colonists began adding distilled rum to hot drinks such as toddies and nogs, creating beverages such as hot buttered rum and eggnog.  These days in the United States, the term "hot toddy" and "hot buttered rum" can be used interchangeably, although variations of each will occur regionally.

Five fun facts:

  1. Adding whiskey and the kosher equivalent of Bailey's Irish cream to coffee makes Irish coffee. Delicious!
  2. Add rum and Kahlua to coffee and you get Jamaican Coffee.
  3. There is a hot drink called a Broken Leg. It consists of hot apple cider and rum, and is garnished with a cinnamon stick.
  4. A Dutch Treat consists of brandy and hot chocolate, and is topped with whipped cream.
  5. Add amaretto to hot chocolate, top with whipped cream and you have made yourself an Almond Kiss Cocktail.

*please enjoy responsibly.

Five great winter drink recipes:

  1. Spicy Hot Chocolate with Kahlua -  It’s the perfect warm drink for a cold night. It’s worth adding to your bag of tricks. You get the goodness of calcium with the comfort of chocolate, plus the added zing of spices: hot, spicy, sweet and comforting — all in one sip!
  2. Non Dairy Eggnog   I’m sure you’re thinking eggnog made with soy milk could never taste as good as the dairy variety, but this recipe will change your mind! In fact, I think this homemade version, with its thick creamy texture and spicy nutmeg flavor, tastes better than any eggnog I’ve tried in the past.
  3. Hot Spiced Apple Cider - this is a more sophisticated way than plain cocoa to say “you mean something to me”.
  4. Hot Chocolate- Try this frothy, rich hot chocolate without the overly sweet taste of packaged mixes. You won't regret your choice.
  5. Orange-Spice Tea- Trying to cut down on caffeine? Enjoy this hot drink as a morning energizer or as an afternoon pick-me-up.

Nutritional information for one serving of hot buttered rum:

Calories: 75
Fat: 4 g
Carbohydrates: 10 g
Cholesterol: 12 mg
Sodium: 32 mg
Protein 0.2 g