Cocktail & Other Recipes By Spirit Rum Cocktails

Hot Butter(nut) Rum

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This Toddy recipe from New York bitters powerhouse Amor y Amargo is named for the butternut squash it’s made with. Substituting sugar pumpkin, though, is just a little bit more fun. The twee-looking pumpkin is typically no bigger than eight inches and lends a velvety texture to the cocktail. Plus it’s downright adorable. (Bonus: Pull double duty and roast the seeds.)


  • 2 oz Aged rum
  • 3 oz Earl Grey tea, hot
  • 1/4 oz Velvet falernum
  • 3/4 oz Butternut squash butter*
  • Maple syrup, to taste


  1. Brew the tea and pour it into a mug.

  2. Add the rum and falernum, stir, then swirl in the butternut squash butter, steaming with a frothing wand if desired.

  3. Add maple syrup to taste.

  4. *Butternut squash butter: In a small mixing bowl, combine 2.5 oz of squash purée, 2.5 oz of room-temperature unsalted butter, .5 tsp of ground cinnamon, .5 tsp of ground nutmeg, .5 tsp of allspice, a pinch of ground cloves, .75 oz of dark brown sugar, .5 tsp of maple syrup and a pinch of salt; mix until smooth. Roll into a log in parchment or wax paper, and store in the refrigerator.