Category Archives: Beverages

Gerry’s Hot Buttered Rum

My dad first introduced me to hot buttered rum drinks at Molly’s at the Market in New Orleans.  Hot buttered rum drinks date all the way back to the days of George Washington, when political candidates would serve these to their constituents to influence their vote.  If they were anywhere near as good as Molly’s, it might help my vote!!  Just kidding.    My dad concocted his own hot buttered rum recipe and I must say, it tastes pretty much just like theirs.  It’s buttery and sweet and very much a grown up alcoholic drink!  It’s perfect to sip on a cold night.

Gerry’s Hot Buttered Rum
Source:  Gerry Mills

1 stick softened butter
1 1/3 cups brown sugar
8 dashes ground cloves
8 sprinkles ground nutmeg
8 dashes ground cinnamon
1 cup caramel syrup
Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum
DeKuyper Buttershots Liqueur
Boiling water


Mix the first 6 ingredients well.  Place in a plastic container (can be refrigerated for later use).  For each individual drink, put one tablespoon mixture into a mug or glass.  Using a small spoon, spread the mixture around the bottom of the glass until it becomes thin.  Add 1 shot of spiced rum and two shots of Buttershots.  Fill the rest of the glass with boiling water (or 3/4 cup if your glass is huge).  Stir well, insuring the mixture dissolves completely.  Sip (it’s gonna be hot, hence the name) and enjoy!

*If you don’t think you want to make enough for 8 drinks, use:
1 tbsp softened butter
1/6 cup brown sugar
1 dash cloves
1 sprinkle nutmeg
1 dash ground cinnamon
1/8 cup caramel syrup

Mix well and use above directions.

Hot Buttered Rum


Hot Chocolate with a splash of Gran Marnier

For the finale of the dinner party my husband and I hosted for my father-in-law’s birthday, we had hot chocolate with a splash of gran marnier.  My father-in-law had this on a recent vacation and it’s what he requested in lieu of birthday cake.  Works for me!  Of course I didn’t want to use old instant hot cocoa, so I started thinking about how I would go about making it myself.  I think Starbucks has some of the best hot chocolate ever, so I googled for a knockoff recipe of theirs, and found it at recipezaar.  It got good reviews, so why not!  Of course I tweaked it to my liking, and to satisfy the request of the birthday boy!

Hot Chocolate with a splash of Gran Marnier


1/2 cup water

1/4 cup cocoa

1/4 cup sugar

1.5 cups whole milk

1.5 cups half and half 

2 tsp vanilla extract

1/2 shot gran marnier, per mug

whipped cream topping

chocolate shavings


In a large glass bowl, mix the water, cocoa and sugar until well blended.  Heat for 2 minutes to create a chocolate syrup.

Stir in milks and vanilla, microwave until very warm, but not scalded. 

Pour into mugs, add shot of gran marnier to each mug and mix in.  Top with whipped cream and chocolate shavings.

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Hot chocolate with a splash of gran marnier (sorry for the dark picture!)








The Verdict:  Soooooo smooth and creamy!  The liquor gave it just a hint of orange.  I was worried that using the cocoa powder it would be chalky tasting but it wasn’t at all.  This is great because (other than the liquor) it’s all stuff you normally might have on hand.  Definite keeper!