JANUARY 17, 2020 | NATIONAL HOT BUTTERED RUM DAY | NATIONAL BOOTLEGGER’S DAY

NATIONAL HOT BUTTERED RUM DAY – January 17

NATIONAL HOT BUTTERED RUM DAY

On January 17th, National Hot Buttered Rum Day warms us up during mid-January. 

Depending on where you are on this January day, it may be warm, chilly, cold or frigid. Enjoying a hot buttered rum drink would sure be a good way to warm up if you are in one of the latter three.

A mixed drink containing rum, butter, hot water or cider, sweetener and spices (typically cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves), hot buttered rum is especially favored during the fall and winter months and is sometimes associated with the holiday season.

In the United States, hot buttered rum’s history dates back to the colonial days.  It was in the 1650s when Jamaica began importing molasses to Colonial America. New England started opening distilleries where the colonists then began adding distilled rum to hot beverages such as toddies and nogs, creating hot buttered rum, eggnog and others.

Hot buttered rum is often made by blending a buttered rum batter with dark rum. Dark rum is a rum that has been barrel-aged for an extended length of time to retain a more intense molasses flavor.  Those that prefer a milder or a spicier taste may choose the option of using light rum or spiced rum mixed with the batter.

HOW TO OBSERVE #HotButteredRumDay

Surprise your friends by making this Hot Buttered Rum Quick Bread recipe.

Use #HotButteredRumDay to post on social media.

NATIONAL HOT BUTTERED RUM DAY HISTORY

National Day Calendar continues researching the origins of this hot beverage celebration. We may even have one while we search.

NATIONAL BOOTLEGGER’S DAY - January 17

NATIONAL BOOTLEGGER’S DAY

National Bootlegger’s Day on January 17th recognizes an era when bootleggers became legendary. 

January 17 is the birthday of Templeton Rye Whiskey, bootlegger Al Capone and the son of another bootlegger, Meryl Kerkhoff.

The earliest use of the term bootlegger was during the 1880s in the Midwest when one would conceal flasks of liquor in their boot tops when going to trade with Native Americans.

The term found its permanent place in the American vocabulary when Congress passed the Eighteenth Amendment prohibiting the manufacture, transportation, and sale of alcohol in 1920.

Despite now being illegal, thirsty Americans still had a demand for liquor. While some distilleries switched their production to something legal, others took to bootlegging.

Bootleggers helped fill the demand by smuggling various brews from Canada and Mexico, and later distilling their own liquor in backwoods and secluded areas.  They brought their loot back to sell to speakeasies, individuals and other establishments.

Other terms, such as rum-runner and moonshiner, became popular during this time as well.

Bootlegging has a legendary history.  The Mafia arose out of the illegal and coordinated activities of bootlegging.  Storied names like Al Capone, Lucky Luciano, Alphonse Kerkhoff, and Bugs Moran are surrounded by glamour, danger, and mystery.

Prohibition was repealed in 1933 when Congress ratified the 21st Amendment. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #BootleggersDay

Share a bottle of Templeton Rye with friends.  Post photos on social media using #BootleggersDay or #TempletonRye

NATIONAL BOOTLEGGERS DAY HISTORY

Infinium Spirits founded National Bootleggers Day in 2015 to celebrate the birth of Templeton Rye. The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed by the day 2015 to be observed on January 17th, annually.

ABOUT TEMPLETON RYE

When Prohibition outlawed the manufacture and sale of alcoholic beverages on January 17, 1920, many enterprising residents of a small town in Iowa chose to become outlaws – producing a high caliber and much sought-after whiskey known as TEMPLETON RYE, or “THE GOOD STUFF” to those in the know.  Alphonse Kerkhoff was one of those Templeton outlaws.

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Over the course of its storied history, Templeton Rye became Al Capone’s whiskey of choice, quickly finding its way to the center of his bootlegging empire. Templeton Rye is based on the original Prohibition-era Kerkhoff recipe. It is aged in charred new oak barrels for a smooth finish…and a clean getaway.

January 17 is not only the birthday of Templeton Rye, but it’s also the birthday of Al Capone as well as the original Bootlegger’s son, Meryl Kerkhoff.  Please join our community of enthusiasts at the Bootlegger’s Society.

Recipe of the Day

Carrot and Pear Soup

Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 40 minutes
Total Prep: 55 minutes
Servings:  6

 

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons butter
1 large onion, chopped
4 cups diced carrots
2 ripe pears, peeled, cored, diced
1 tablespoon minced ginger
4 1/2 cups chicken broth
2 tablespoons diced, fresh dill
salt and pepper to taste
sour cream for garnish
3 slices bacon, cooked and crumbled

Instructions:

In a large saucepan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onions and cook until translucent.

Add carrots, pears, ginger, and broth. Increase heat to medium-high. Bring to boil.

Reduce heat. Simmer and stir occasionally until carrots are tender.

Let cool enough to process in food processor until smooth.

Garnish with dill, salt and pepper.

Serve topped with sour cream and bacon crumbles.

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Next Week

  • International Hoof Care Week – Third Tuesday through Friday in January

 

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