Friday, January 17, 2014

National Hot Buttered Rum Day - January 17th

January 17th is Hot Buttered Rum Day! Another drink for this cold weather, rum was first created by sugar plantation slaves in the Caribbean in the 1600s. American colonists began distilling it, and demand for rum fueled the slave trade. (If you've seen the musical 1776, the song "Molasses to Rum" is about that "triangle trade.")

Hot buttered rum has plenty of variants, as most cocktails do, but basically it's butter and rum and spices. The recipe from Emeril Lagasse is pretty classic.

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