Vanilla Bean Hot Buttered Rum

October 23, 2013

Vanilla Bean Hot Buttered Rum

Time. Age. Change. Always with us, yet fleeting by, day after day.

Saturday night was the first time this year it truly felt like fall. Dampness in the air from intermittent rain brought a chill to the bones, scarlet and golden bronze leaves floated to the ground with their last breath. As I cozied in for the evening after cleaning up a huge mess I’d made constructing a warming, spice laden kuri stew I felt something I haven’t every really felt before. Older.

Vanillla Bean Butter

There I was, scraping the fragrant vanilla seeds out of their pods, releasing a bold scent that reminded of an old man’s pipe. The house was quiet except for the faint whistling of the tea kettle.

My agenda for the next few hours were set. No fancy outfit or worrying about getting my lipstick just right. No wondering what bottle of wine I should bring to party with unfamiliar faces. No dreading a late night out and an early morning alarm clock. Just a hot toddy, new book, and a purring cat on my lap. And there wasn’t one part of me that wished for something different.

Vanilla Bean Hot Buttered Rum

Now that I’m armed with the just released “Winter Cocktails” book written by Maria Del Mar Sacasa, I plan on having plenty of these Saturday nights over the next few months. I’ve never been one to dabble in the cocktail area much, but with inspiration from Maria’s inventive, yet easy recipes, that is going to change. Besides recipes, she’s included beautiful step-by-step photos that explain techniques like muddling, prepping garnishes, making ice molds, and opening champagne.

Typically made with just hot water, butter, and dark rum, this little number stole my heart with the addition of vanilla bean and hints of maple from dark brown sugar. With a slight butterscotch flavor and a silky smooth texture, it’s perfect for sipping.

And ironically, a pat of damn good butter is one of those things you don’t appreciate until you’re older either. Cheers to you my friends.


Vanilla Bean Hot Buttered Rum

from the book Winter Cocktails by Maria Del Mar Sacasa
serves two

3 oz dark rum
1 1/2 c hot water
For the Butter:
4 T unsalted butter at room temperature
1 vanilla bean pod, seeds scraped out
1 1/2 T dark brown sugar
pinch each of salt & cinnamon

To make the butter, vigorously mix ingredients together together in a medium bowl. Set aside until ready to use. You can make in advance and store covered in the refrigerator. Stir together rum and water. Place 1 T butter into 2 warmed cups, then pour equal parts of the drink over the top. (If you would like it a little sweeter, feel free to add a touch more sugar.)

* I received this book courtesy of Quirk Books to review, but all opinions are my own.

Lynne October 24, 2013 at 10:41 am

Oh, YUM!! We’ve had such a crazy busy October, I’m absolutely longing for a quiet night in with one of these hot little numbers. Hopefully soon, thanks for the delicious idea!


amandapaa October 24, 2013 at 11:57 am

October has been crazy for us too. I feel overwhelmed, thinking a girls night is in order. It’s been too long since I’ve seen you! p.s. – I have a recipe for the cookbook that I was wondering if you would to test: Warm Delicata & Kale Pomegranate Salad. Let me know if you’d like to try!


Sheena @ Hot Eats and Cool Reads October 24, 2013 at 12:37 pm

Oh my goodness! This sounds fantastic!


amandapaa October 24, 2013 at 1:38 pm

Thank you Sheena! I’m really in the baking mood now that it is getting chillier too. I’m thinking perfecting a gluten free apple pie is next on my list :) Hope you are well!


Elaine Paa October 24, 2013 at 1:40 pm

Hey, that was such a nice visit from you. I felt as though you and I were sitting and having a chat. What a writer you are. So proud to
call you my granddaughter.


amandapaa October 24, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Thanks grandma, I wish you were sitting next to me having one of these :)


allison October 24, 2013 at 3:30 pm

I love the new look and feel of your blog! Great Autumnal descriptions; I felt like I was there beside you!



amandapaa October 24, 2013 at 8:20 pm

Oh thanks Allison! It’s coming along. Still some work to do with the logo and some tech work but it feels good to be this far. Looking forward to seeing you tomorrow! xo


sara December 11, 2013 at 5:26 pm

This looks so good! Have to make one tonite. :)


amandapaa December 12, 2013 at 10:28 am

Hi Sara, they are a definite warmer upper! Do you live in a chilly state like I do? (Minnesota, a.k.a Minnesnowta :)


sara December 12, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I’m in Northern California – usually not so bad, but we’ve had a cold snap lately and nothing here is designed with insulation, central heating, etc. etc. so we’re all freezing! :) (Seriously, my little space heater and single paned windows CANNOT keep up with sub-32 degree weather!)


Leave a Comment

Previous post:

Next post: