AF Rapoport Hot Buttered Rum at Joseph Leonard 12 Drinks of Christmas

‘Tis the season for holiday drink recipes! For the next twelve days, leading up to Christmas Day, we will be highlighting our favorite drink recipes and the bars and restaurants around the city. Drink up! 

On the twelfth day of Christmas….we sipped and savored the A.F. Rapoport Hot Buttered Rum at Joseph Leonard for the 12 drinks of Christmas!

Nothing says Christmas cocktail quite like a Hot Buttered Rum. And the Joseph Leonard version – developed by local customer Andy Rapoport (his brother Adam is the editor of Bon Appetit) – features a delicious blend of Sailor Jerry rum, hot water and a spiced butter mix to warm the body and soul. Find a seat at the bar, order some oysters and Country Pate and wash it all down with this simple and sweet concoction.

A.F. Rapoport Hot Buttered Rum Drink Recipe


  • 2 oz. Sailor Jerry rum
  • Hot water
  • Spiced butter mix – butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and Eastern spices


Place the spiced butter mix in an Irish coffee glass or mug. Muddle. Add rum and hot water. Stir all ingredients. Enjoy!

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Joseph Leonard
170 Waverly Place
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