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The Speckled Palate
January 21, 2019

Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum

Curl up with a mug of Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum this winter. Traditional Hot Buttered Rum is given a facelift with pomegranate, thanks to homemade pomegranate rum and pomegranate juice. This mixed drink starts with a combination of softened butter, dark brown sugar and spices, then add boiling water, infused rum, pomegranate juice and a little maple! Perfect for a crowd or individual, this Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum is the ultimate cozy drink.

A woman holds a mug of Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum with both hands

Y’all. This recipe is more than a year in the making.

And before you’re all, “What do you mean? It took you a year to perfect Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum? What is WRONG with you, woman?” let me tell you… it goes back to the rum and the timing.

In December of 2017, I was struck with the idea to make infused pomegranate rum. But the rum took longer than expected, so the pitcher pomegranate orange mojitos I’d planned for our New Year’s Day party didn’t happen.

And then I took a pregnancy test the next day.

The rest, as they say, is history.

Ingredients for Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum

Since I was pregnant with Lady Speckle, my production of boozy goods on this here blog dropped dramatically. And after she arrived, I still wasn’t feeling all the boozy goodness, so the rum was put on hold once again.

So now, more than a year after the original idea was conceived, I’m here to share the rum AND a mixed drink with you.

And it’s all kinds of perfect for the weird rainy-cold weather we’ve experienced here in Dallas recently.

Ingredients for Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum, before combining

What is hot buttered rum?

Hot buttered rum is a mixed drink that contains rum, butter, hot water, a little sweetness and some spices. Generally, it is enjoyed during the fall and winter months, especially during the holiday season.

This drink’s history goes back to Europe, where spiced, spiked drinks have been served for centuries to warm people from the cold.

Collage showing the steps of how to make Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum and add in the liquids

Why did you add pomegranate to your hot buttered rum recipe?

Pomegranate, to me, is the ultimate wintertime fruit, and I wanted to showcase it in a unique way.

In this drink, I’ve added both pomegranate juice and pomegranate-infused rum.

Don’t want to infuse the rum? Use regular rum.

Want to take that time and infuse the rum? It’s even more decadent!

A jar holds Pomegranate-Infused Rum to make a Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum

How do you infuse rum with pomegranate?

 

Pour a specified amount of rum into a mason jar.

Add the pomegranate seeds.

Cover with the mason jar lid, shake, and set aside. Let it infuse for 1-2 weeks, or until the pomegranate arils are white and the liquor is a rusty red color.

Strain the pomegranate seeds, seal the rum in a jar, and you’re good to go!

A man stirs Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum in a glass measuring cup with a wooden spoon

Can I double or triple this recipe for a crowd?

Absolutely! Just use math to double or triple the recipe.

If you don’t have a jar or measuring cup large enough, you can make it in smaller batches to ensure that you don’t spill it everywhere. 😉

A close up of a glass mug holding Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum, garnished with a cinnamon stick

Can I make this hot buttered rum in advance for a party?

You can partially make this mixed drink in advance for a party.

Here’s what I advise: Mix the brown sugar/butter mixture with the spices in advance, and let it hang out before guests arrive.

In another mixing bowl, combine the pomegranate juice, rum and maple syrup, and then keep it chilled.

When it’s time to serve guests, heat the water to a boil, and add it to the brown sugar/butter mixture, then add in the other liquids and divide to serve.

Close up of a glass of Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum

Do I have to infuse the rum to make this recipe?

No! If you don’t have time to infuse the rum or that’s too extra for you, simply use white rum (or spiced rum for some extra kick!) in its place.

Easy peasy.

A woman holds a mug of Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum in this Pinterest graphic

What are some other cold weather drinks I can make for a gathering?

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A close up of a glass mug holding Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum, garnished with a cinnamon stick
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Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum

Curl up with a mug of Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum this winter. Traditional Hot Buttered Rum is given a facelift with pomegranate, thanks to homemade pomegranate rum and pomegranate juice. This mixed drink starts with a combination of softened butter, dark brown sugar and spices, then add boiling water, infused rum, pomegranate juice and a little maple! Perfect for a crowd or individual, this Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum the ultimate cozy drink.

Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Keyword infused alcohol, pomegranate, rum, winter drink
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 minutes
Total Time 14 minutes
Servings 2 mugs
Calories 323 kcal
Author Erin Parker, The Speckled Palate

Ingredients

Pomegranate-Infused Rum

  • 3 cups white rum
  • 1 cup pomegranate arils

Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum

  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter , at room temperature
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch ground cloves
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • 2 oz. pomegranate-infused rum
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 cinnamon sticks , for garnish

Instructions

Infuse the Rum

  1. In a large mason jar, measure out the rum.

  2. Add the pomegranate arils.

  3. Close the jar, and shake, then leave in a cool, dark place for 1-2 weeks, or until the rum is a rusty red color and the pomegranate arils are white (or close to it.)

  4. Strain the pomegranates out of the rum using a fine mesh strainer, and reserve the rum for later.

Make the Hot Buttered Rum

  1. In a large glass bowl, beat the brown sugar, butter, cinnamon, ginger, cloves and salt together until blended and smooth with an electric mixer.

  2. Pour in the rum, the boiling water, the pomegranate juice and maple syrup.

  3. Stir until the butter mixture dissolves.

  4. Divide the drink between two mugs.

  5. Garnish with a cinnamon stick, and serve immediately.

Recipe Notes

Recipe adapted from the Rachael Ray.

 

Total time does NOT include infusion time for the rum.

 

This recipe can be easily doubled or tripled to serve a crowd. Use simple math, or make the recipe however many times in a row to ensure you don’t spill ingredients and/or do the math wrong. (I advise just doing it a few times in a row because I’ve made math mistakes when calculating recipes, and it’s a sad, sad state of affairs when that happens.)

 

Easy Entertaining Tip: Infuse your rum in advance. (Duh.) Mix the brown sugar/butter mixture with the spices in advance, and let it hang out before guests arrive. Mix the pomegranate juice, rum and maple syrup in another mixing bowl, and keep chilled. When it’s time to serve guests, heat the water to a boil, and add it to the brown sugar/butter mixture, then add in the other liquids and divide to serve.

 

Substitution Tip: You can use white rum or spiced rum in place of the pomegranate-infused rum if you don’t have time to do that and/or any desire to do that. I get that it’s a bit more work, and while it makes this drink special, it’s not required for it to be delicious. (I lean toward the spiced rum because the spices blend so beautifully with the other spices used here!)

Nutrition Facts
Pomegranate Hot Buttered Rum
Amount Per Serving (1 drink)
Calories 323 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 30mg 10%
Sodium 18mg 1%
Potassium 125mg 4%
Total Carbohydrates 40g 13%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 36g
Vitamin A 7%
Calcium 6.9%
Iron 2.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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