Thirsty Thursday: Hot buttered rum

This week's featured drink is a hot buttered rum, a wintertime classic. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

This week's featured drink is a hot buttered rum, a wintertime classic. (Amar Batra/The Daily Campus)

Don’t get too turned off by the name of this drink, our Hot Buttered Rum is a wintertime classic. It may not be conventional to stick a pad of butter in your alcoholic drink, but if you are open to buttering up your beverage, this Hot Buttered Rum recipe is sure to be a great addition to your warm drink arsenal.

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon brown sugar

Four ounces of hot water

Two ounces dark rum

Two teaspoons of butter

Nutmeg for garnish

Pour the hot water into a mug and add the brown sugar. Stir until sugar is fully dissolved. Add the rum and let the pad of butter sit in the drink to slowly dissolve. Top with a sprinkle of nutmeg to garnish. You can easily swap out the rum for bourbon or water for milk if you want a richer version of this drink. You can also make this drink a bit sweeter by adding more brown sugar, simple syrup or honey. Our Hot Buttered Rum is versatile, so feel free to play around with the drink.

The water works to cut the alcohol taste of the rum, letting the flavor of the liquor really shine through. The butter definitely makes a huge difference in our Hot Buttered Rum, as it gives the drink a richer taste (instead of literally being watered-down rum).