Bootleggers, Speakeasies and Butterscotch Hot Buttered Rum

It’s only fitting that today is National Bootlegger Day and Hot Buttered Rum Day. After all, it’s the birthday of Templeton Rye Whiskey and Al Capone. Probation gave rise to the Mafia, Rum-Runners and Moonshiners.

Prohibition went into effect on January 17, 1920, the same day Al Capone turned 21. How’s that for ironic? On that same day, the residents of a small town in Iowa decided to defy the mandate and produce a high caliber whisky known as Templeton Rye. It became knows as “the good stuff” and the once law abiding citizens of Templeton became criminals.

Today where I live, honest people have made the same choice, to defy the government’s mandate in order to earn what was once an honest living. Who are these “criminals”? Hair stylists, food servers, bar keeps and Preachers. Our governor had ordered the closure of some the businesses statewide, but not all. You can spend the day shopping at Wal-Mart but it’s not safe to spend an hour giving thanks to God in His house. Masks work, but only in the retail and not the hair salons. Elevator buttons are super spreaders of the virus in Hotels, but safe in office buildings. Please.

Considering that today is Bootlegger Day, and Bootleggers gave rise to speakeasies, I could not help but draw a line between the speakeasies of the 1920s and the speakeasies of today – our restaurants and salons. Hum, guess history does repeat. Maybe it’s all in my head, but I gotta say the food sure tastes a lot better in these illegal establishments and the service is so much more personal and positive.

That’s my rant for the day. Let’s get to making some Hot Buttered Rum, shall we?

Butterscotch Hot Buttered Rum
Buttered Rum Batter
1/2 cup Butter; softened
1/2 cup Brown Sugar
1 teaspoon Cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon Nutmeg
1/8 teaspoon Ground Cloves
1 teaspoon Vanilla

Beat together the butter and sugar.  Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and vanilla; beat until smooth.  

Store in an airtight container for up to 2 weeks.

Cocktail Per Serving
Boiling Water
2 tablespoons Batter
1 shot Spiced Rum
1 shot Butterscotch Schnapps
2 tablespoons Heavy Cream
Whipped Cream

Bring a kettle of water to a boil.

Place 2 tablespoons of the batter in the bottom of each mug or brandy snifter. Add about 3/4 cup of boiling water to each glass. Stir to dissolve batter into the water.

To each serving, add a shot of Spiced Rum, a shot of Butterscotch Schnapps and 2 tablespoons of cream.

Garnish with a float of whipped cream and enjoy.

Author: Rosemarie's Kitchen

I'm a wife, mother, grandmother and avid home cook.I believe in eating healthy whenever possible, while still managing to indulge in life's pleasures.

14 thoughts on “Bootleggers, Speakeasies and Butterscotch Hot Buttered Rum”

  1. The rules are so different from state to state. In Vermont, the health department has a really efficient contact tracing routine and uses the demographics to determine what situations have spread the virus and which are lower in risk. For example, bars are closed, but restaurants are open with the proper distancing of tables. Our schools are open and some have had to use a split week of at-home and in-school learning to accommodate the spacing of desks. We’ve had very few cases in the schools. Churches are allowed to be open with distancing restrictions, but many if not most have chosen to use Zoom or other platform to protect as many as possible. Our church is completely on-line right now. The ski areas are open have a lot of restrictions but have proven not to be a place where outbreaks originate. We have a mask mandate and people for the most part have been really good in complying, even if they don’t believe in it. By far, the biggest factor in the spread has been people mingling with family and friends who they think are ‘safe’. All of this too will pass!
    You know, I don’t think I’ve ever made hot buttered rum!


    1. I get bars closed – when people drink, they tend to be more relaxed (masks off, hugs & such). Restaurants and hair salons should be open (with measures taken to protect people). I disagree about gatherings – if all you did were family gatherings, there would be no spread. People are bringing the virus from someplace else (maybe Wal-Mart) to these gatherings. While I don’t believe masks PREVENT the spread, it makes sense that in certain situations it does slow the spread, and that’s a good thing. I’m not sure what the long term affects are for those who need to wear the mask for 8 hours a day or more. Does the mask eventually become a spreader as its exposure builds up over time? Common sense is needed, not lockdowns and the destruction of family businesses.
      A warm cocktail on a cold night is wonderful!

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      1. Our hair salons are open, with care. Everyone is masked, numbers are limited, and the salons have been great about keeping the information in case contact tracing is necessary. Again, this has not shown to be where spreading of the virus originates.


      2. Here ours are closed. A properly run salon is one of the cleanest places – so it makes sense that the data would show them to be safe. The restaurants that are open in defiance of the shutdown are seating every-other table or other means to distance people. One installed thick glass around each booth to create individual spaces separating patrons. Outdoor markets for crafts and collectables are closed, but indoor is allowed as retail – like that makes sense. In California our Governor has said he will NEVER allow the state to be fully open again. So for us, this will never pass.

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      3. Never sounds like a really hard word. I think one reason why Vermont has done a fairly good job of the best we can is because we haven’t allowed this to be politicized. We are a very Democratic state that this year reelected its Republican governor by a huge landslide because he has done a great job of looking at the science first, then he and health department officials made their best decisions based on the science and demographics.


      4. We’ve been trying to do things right. We didn’t have a single death from July through October. There are free tests for anyone who wants one at locations convenient throughout the state, no questions asked, no judging. And our governor and health officials have twice weekly news conferences that are televised and broadcast on radio so that we are all well informed and don’t have to go searching for information.


  2. I agree that in many places the rules are so arbitrary and they seem to mostly base them on what might be needed for big cities that are more crowded. When the same is applied to smaller towns and rural areas the effects can be devastating for small businesses. I can see having some state guidelines but then let decisions about what is and is not allowed let up to mayors and/or county commissioners and the spread in that particular area.

    Closing down access to small businesses but letting the big ones remain open just herds everyone into the same places rather than letting the population spread out a bit by having more choices. I support small businesses that are defying arbitrary orders. Before I would try to support small business but usually ended up at the big box places out of convenience. Now I’ve made more of an effort to find out what all the small businesses in my town and the surrounding towns have available. I was pleasantly surprised that I can find most of our households needs there and don’t have to be in the grip of large corporations.

    It’s more personal service too. When the owner of one of the little bulk good groceries I visit noticed how often I was buying flour, he offered to sell me larger 25lb bags which are also less per pound than the smaller bags. I just have to email him when I’m running low and he let’s me know when it’s available. I also was able to order 40 lbs of skinless boneless chicken breast for my freezer for the year at just $1.17/lb. My switching to mostly local small businesses is one good that has come out of all this.


    1. We are also supporting businesses that are in defiance – provided they do so in a safe way. Restaurants that are allowing dining in but have spaced out tables and all the other measures to help protect customers. It’s up to our government to provide guidelines. There is never a situation that is risk-free short of never leaving your home for any reason, but there are ways to minimize the risks without squelching small businesses. I believe people will do the right thing, given all the facts and allowed to make choices that are right in their communities.

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      1. You’re right. People do tend to follow guidelines when given. Everyone at these small businesses are wearing masks, have distancing tape on the floor for spread out lines (not that there are ever any really big lines anyway), plastic guards at the checkout counter etc.

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