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National Hot-Buttered Rum Day

Posted by Brittany

National Hot Buttered RumToday is a day worth celebrating for many reasons. The third Monday of every January is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a day to commemorate the peaceful civil rights activist and the change he inspired in our country. Having only lived for the briefest of periods in the 1970s (and Chris is a product of the 80s!), it is easy to forget that the civil rights movement really wasn’t that long ago. ┬áDr. King was assassinated in 1968, when my parents were already (barely) adults. Our country has come a long way in the past few decades, but there’s still a regrettable divide. I think humanity as a whole will always struggle to bridge this gap, to fight and an end to intolerance and injustice, but the important thing is that the fight never dies.

In conjunction with the federal holiday, Chris and I celebrated National Hot-Buttered Rum Day, and we did so in the all-important spirit of peace and love, by sharing the evening with family. First, though, unlike the majority of the Washington, DC area, we went to work today. We chose to work this holiday in order to earn an extra day of vacation in the hopes that we can use the time to fuel a future “Year of Living” adventure, but enduring an eight hour day was a little difficult after our company’s winter holiday party last night. But, as sleepy as we both were, we decided we’d better head to the gym after work — between the food at the party and all of the food related “unofficials” on the horizon we knew it was best to burn a few extra calories before we got to tending bar tonight.

After a grueling spin class we hurried home to whip up an Old Fashioned Hot Buttered Rum. In all honesty, I was a little nervous about making this drink after the mediocre reviews my concoction received on National Hot Toddy Day. Plus, I was completely convinced that I wouldn’t like today’s drink — I had a Hot-Buttered Rum at The Melting Pot a few weeks ago and really didn’t care for it. It was a little bitter and way too strong for this lightweight. But as Chris and I worked in the kitchen to make today’s treat, I started to wonder how this drink couldn’t be awesome. Sugar, brown sugar, rum, vanilla ice cream, and butter — it sounded like a little slice of heaven! And once they were served, the rest of the group agreed too. Both my parents, and Chris and I loved this drink. It was something like a cross between a milkshake and hot eggnog, perfected by a sprinkling of nutmeg on top. And with it’s wintry feel, I’m thinking maybe we’ll serve Old Fashioned Hott-Buttered Rum at our Christmas Eve gathering next year!

Or maybe we’ll make a few more tomorrow as we celebrate National Winnie the Pooh Day! After all, I think most adults require a little dose of alcohol with their Disney.

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