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Hot Buttered Lemon

Sebastian Reaburn loves lemon and butter together ("they're yummy and rich"), and this drink is one of his favorite incarnations of the pairing. "It's like a hot buttered rum mixed with a lemon tart. The citrus pieces get softened by the heat and mellowed by the sugar and butter; they're delicious to nibble on at the end of the drink." Reaburn sometimes varies the Hot Buttered Lemon by adding cloves and fresh ginger, which give it "a little zing."

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  • Servings: Makes 1 drink

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  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 2 ounces hot water
  • 1/2 ounce Simple Syrup
  • 1 orange wedge
  • 1 lemon wheel
  • Pinch of freshly grated nutmeg
  • Pinch of cinnamon


  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter in the lemon juice over moderate heat. Add the hot water, Simple Syrup, orange wedge, lemon wheel, nutmeg and cinnamon and cook, stirring, until cloudy and hot. Pour into a small mug.
Contributed By Photo © Tina Rupp Published December 2010

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