Sea Fever Spiced Hot Buttered Rum

Posted Jan 13, 2017

Winter can be a hard season in the Maritimes. Rapidly changing weather and cold winds blowing off the wild Atlantic Ocean can make even the heartiest question their ancestors’ decision to settle here.  These cold months require something with a bit more character in your glass. For centuries, the hot buttered rum has been the winter warmer of choice for those living in our northern climes. It’s a drink that not only warms the body, but the soul.

To recognize the enduring love for this warming drink, January 17th is celebrated as Hot Buttered Rum Day. As good as an occasion as there is to gather friends together and let winter know that you won’t hide from its never ending cold.

Here on Nova Scotia’s Authentic Seacoast, we like to make our hot buttered rum with our Sea Fever Spiced Rum. With fig, aromatic cinnamon, vanilla and a hint of citrus, our Spiced Rum speaks to warmer climes and the summer that lies not too far ahead. And the butter and hot water give you the warmth you need to get through a long winter’s night.

So welcome your friends aboard and embrace the unknown on Hot Buttered Rum Day with our hot buttered rum recipe that serves four. You’ve earned it.

Sea Fever Spiced Hot Buttered Rum


  • 6 oz Sea Fever™ Spiced Rum
  • 5 oz Brown sugar
  • 2 oz Butter (unsalted)
  • 2 oz Honey
  • Pinch Ground Cinnamon
  • Pinch Cloves
  • Pinch Salt
  • 16oz Water (boiled)
  • 4 Cinnamon Sticks
  • Freshly grated nutmeg


Begin by dissolving the brown sugar and honey with a little of the boiling water in a large heatproof measuring cup or pot. Then add the rum, butter, ground cinnamon, cloves and salt and mix well. Stir in the remaining hot water and divide mixture equally between four mugs. Add a cinnamon stick to each mug and grate nutmeg on top for garnish.