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Hot Buttered Rum – Hanging Around the Campfire

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When we’re hanging around the campfire on a cold night, hot buttered rum is a traditional drink that I like to make to warm everybody up.

We made these when we were RV boondocking in sixteen degree weather out by Carlsbad Caverns National Park. Being bundled up, sitting next to a blazing campfire with the hot buttered rum in hand, we didn’t have any problems staying warm while we were outside.

Hot Buttered zrum

Just be careful and don’t drink too many, all the sugar and rum will make your head feel like an over-inflated basketball in the morning.

What You’ll Need to Make Hot Buttered Rum

  • 1 tsp brown sugar
  • 3 ounces hot water, or milk if you want a richer version.
  • 3 ounces dark rum (All I had was spiced rum when I made these. If that’s all you have, then skip the nutmeg)
  • 1 tbs butter
  • Sprinkle of ground nutmeg, or freshly grated if you want to get fancy
  • Sprinkle of ground cinnamon
  • Sprinkle of ground cloves

I like to use enamelware coffee mugs when I’m making mine, that way I can just stick it by the fire to heat it back up if it cools off, but any coffee mug should work (just don’t stick it in the fire or it’ll crack).

Hot Buttered Rum Gear

Regular dark rum is better, but all I had on hand was spiced rum. Skip the nutmeg in this case.

How to Make Hot Buttered Rum

Combine the brown sugar and hot water in your coffee mug and stir it up until the sugar is dissolved.

After that, pour in your rum, sprinkle it with with your nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves, stir well, then float your butter on top.

That’s all there is to it. You’re ready for a warm night by the campfire.

I find it helpful to use my Coffee Percolator, without the coffee filter in it (and without the coffee, of course) to keep the water hot and ready to make another drink. You don’t want to have to keep heating up more water every time you need a new one.

Coffee Percolator

Just fill it up about three quarters of the way and set it close enough to the fire that it stays piping hot, but not boiling, and you should be good-to-go. Just don’t let anybody grab the handle with their bare hands. Keep a rag or a pair of gloves handy for when you need to make refills.

If you really want to make it easy to make your drinks, throw all your ingredients in your percolator, except the rum, then make your drinks out of equal parts of your mix and equal parts dark rum.  Just multiply the ingredients by how many drinks you want to make.

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