You’ve heard of hot buttered rum, but have you heard of hot buttered bourbon? Yeah, neither had I until I just decided to fucking make it a few years ago. At the time, it was because I was all, “Ew! Rum!” and I’m still not totally on the rum train yet — which I fully admit at this point is more ignorance than dislike, because I know there are some amazing rums out there.
Anyway, this is exactly what you need to be drinking on a brutally cold day — as long as you don’t mind a drink with a bajillion calories. It also makes exactly enough to fit in a pint-size mason jar if you feel like taking it on the go.
While this serves two, there are still some weird measurements in there, like four teaspoons of brown sugar. But a tablespoon (three teaspoons) wasn’t quite enough, so deal with it. Also, six ounces of bourbon may seem like a lot, even for two people, since a standard serving of base booze in a drink is usually two ounces. And it is a lot of bourbon — whew! I surprised myself when I tasted this (as I mentioned, I first made it a few years ago) and thought maybe I should have started with four ounces and gone from there. But I was using Maker’s 46, which is a bold bourbon, and once everything settled for a few minutes, it made more sense in my mouth. That said, feel free to start with four ounces of bourbon and build from there if you’re worried about getting wasted on a weird-ass warm drink made with butter.
Hot Buttered Bourbon
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
6 ounces water
1 teaspoon good vanilla extract
4 teaspoons brown sugar
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
Pinch sea salt
6 ounces bourbon
2 cinnamon sticks for garnish
In a small saucepan over medium heat, melt the butter with the water, vanilla extract, brown sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk together until well incorporated, then reduce the heat to a simmer. Add the bourbon into the pan, mix well, remove from the heat once it’s hot enough (you don’t want it to get too hot and cook out all the booze), and divide between two mugs. Garnish each with a cinnamon stick and enjoy immediately.
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