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Rum Journal: Getting into the Christmas Spirit With Jamaica’s Appleton

Above: the Appleton distillery in Jamaica

It’s Christmas in the Caribbean, and while it’s not frigid like the region’s neighbours in the United States, Canada and Europe, that doesn’t mean the same rum cocktail cures don’t apply.

And no one in Jamaica knows our favourite Christmas Spirit like Appleton, the country’s gold standard for rum.

To get into the holiday spirit, we wanted to offer the company’s take on a Christmas Classic.

So here’s the recipe for Hot Buttered Cider, courtesy of Appleton.


1.5 oz Appleton Estate Reserve
2-3 oz. Unfiltered apple cider
1 barspoon of spiced butter*
Garnish: Grated nutmeg


Footed Tempered Glass/Mug


Steam until butter dissolves, and serve.

*Spiced butter: 4oz butter, 3oz orgeat, 3oz maple syrup, 1 tsp pumpkin spices, pinch nutmeg, pinch cloves, pinch cinnamon. Heat in a pot to combine then chill in refrigerator.

Enjoy, and Merry Christmas from Rum Journal!

— CJ

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