Our research did not find the creator, or the origin of this day.
Why January and Why the 17th day?
We did not find any reference to why the month of January or why the 17th of the month- was picked to celebrate this day.
This holiday is referred to as a "National" day- However, we did not find any congressional records or presidential proclamations for this day. Even though we didn't, this is still a holiday that is publicized to celebrate.
We found recognition from calendar sites and personal Internet sites that blog and share information about this holiday. Most share varied recipes of this drink along with other Drink Holidays that are popular. Hot buttered rum drinks tend to be popular during the winter more that any other time of the year.
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A hot buttered rum is a warm alcoholic beverage made with dark rum, butter, sugar, and cloves mixed with hot water.
2 cups firmly packed brown sugar
1/2 cup butter or margarine
1 pinch salt
3 sticks cinnamon
6 whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
2 cups rum
heavy cream - whipped
ground nutmeg - for topping
Put all ingredients, except rum, cream and nutmeg into crockpot. Add 2 quarts hot water. Stir well. Cover pot and cook on LOW for 5 hours. Add rum; stir to blend. Serve from pot in warm mugs with a scoop of whipped cream and a dusting of nutmeg.