Banana Buttered Rum

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Cocktail History

The Banana Buttered Rum is a hot rum cocktail that was created by Nick Mautone and included in his book The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails. It’s a banana-flavored variation of the classic Hot Buttered Rum that calls for dark rum, hot water, homemade banana butter, and baking spices.

Cocktail Ingredients

To make this cocktail, you’ll need the following ingredients:

Dark Rum: This is the base spirit. We used Appleton Estate’s Gold Jamaican Rum because it’s a great affordable spirit with notes of spices and vanilla. 

Water: This stretches the drink so the recipe makes more. We typically use filtered tap water because ours is fairly hard, but you can use unfiltered tap water or bottled spring water if preferred.

Banana Butter: This is a butter made with banana and baking spices. We made ours using the recipe included in the book.

Star Anise: This is one of the garnishes. It adds a touch more spice and fragrance to the drink. We buy them in bulk section at our local grocery store.

Cinnamon Stick: This is another garnish. It adds more cinnamon aroma and flavor. We also buy these in bulk.

Grated Nutmeg: This is also a garnish. It’s sprinkled on top to add a hint of flavor and spiced aroma.

Tasting Notes

The Banana Buttered Rum tasted very similar to the original Hot Buttered Rum, just with a bit of banana flavor plus some very fragrant spices and a distinct smoothness from the butter.

Our Opinion of This Cocktail Recipe: To be honest, as good as it was when we tried it, we probably wouldn’t make this one again because it takes too long to make the banana butter, and neither of us really loves banana-flavored anything enough to make all of the work worth it. If you do like banana though and want a cozy drink for a cold night, this is an excellent choice!

Recipe

This cocktail recipe was adapted from The Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday Cocktails by Nick Mautone.

AuthorThe Artisanal Kitchen: Holiday CocktailsPrep Time5 minsRating

Ingredients
 2 oz Dark Rum
 Water
 2 tbsp Banana Butter
 1 Star Anise
 1 Cinnamon Stick
 Grated Nutmeg

Method
1

Add banana butter to a mug.

2

Top with dark rum and hot water.

3

Stir for 10-15 seconds.

4

Garnish with star anise, cinnamon stick, and grated nutmeg.

Ingredients

Ingredients
 2 oz Dark Rum
 Water
 2 tbsp Banana Butter
 1 Star Anise
 1 Cinnamon Stick
 Grated Nutmeg

Directions

Method
1

Add banana butter to a mug.

2

Top with dark rum and hot water.

3

Stir for 10-15 seconds.

4

Garnish with star anise, cinnamon stick, and grated nutmeg.

Banana Buttered Rum

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More Hot Cocktails

If you like this hot cocktail recipe, here are a few others we’ve tried that you may enjoy:

 Tokyo Toddy: A sake cocktail made with mandarine Napoleon liqueur, brown sugar, ginger slices, and an orange slice

 Pumpkin Cider: An apply brandy and dark rum cocktail made with apple cider, pumpkin cubes, butter, sugar, whole cloves, star anise, cinnamon sticks, and grated nutmeg

 Chartreuse Toddy: A brandy cocktail made with water, Green Chartreuse, lemon juice, honey syrup, and star anise

 Mocha Rum Toddy: A rum cocktail made with coffee, dark crème de cacao, simple syrup, whipped cream, and cocoa powder

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