When the nights get cold, nothing soothes better than a warm beverage. Sure, hot teaand coffee are always welcome, but there's nothing like a warm cocktail. Hot Buttered Rum has been drunk by Americans to warm their tummies on frigid winter night since the colonial days when each family had their own recipe for the warm drink. Before Americans had electric Christmas lights and watched Charlie Brownon television, a celebration wouldn't be complete without a mug of Hot Buttered Rum.
The History of Hot Buttered Rum
Back in colonial times, rum ran like water. Micheal Lamendola, author of "Hot Buttered Rum has Roots Dating Before American Revolution," spoke with Scott Haefner, caretaker of Fort Johnson about the liqueur. "Alcohol consumption in Colonial America by our measures was staggering," Haefner said. "People drank rum as we drink milk. It was the standard everywhere. Americans drank from the crack of dawn to dusk. Everyone drank it: children, women, men." In fact, when running for office in 1758 George Washington and his agents gave Frederick County voters 160 gallons of rum, beer, wine, and ciders to help with the election. Equaled out, it was about 1 quart of alcohol per vote.
Along with tasting great, early Americans drank hot liquor as a way to restore the heat they lost throughout the day. It was also healthier to drink than some of the polluted water people drank. Substituting alcohol for water was a safe (and tasty) bet that you could live another day.
Hot Cocktail Recipes
Aside from Hot Buttered Rum, there were a number of hot cocktail recipes Americans used to make to keep warm. For the little ones, hot chocolate is always a fun option!
Boiling water, cloves, lemon juice, and bourbon (or whiskey) will warm your bones.