Virgin Drink Review: Hot Buttered Lemon

Hot Buttered Lemon

This drink sounds complicated, but half the fun is making it. It takes around 20 to 30 minutes to make and serve, but at the end you have a wonderfully autumnal sipping drink It is well suited for socializing inside, watching the best scary movies to prepare for Halloween.

To make two servings of the drink (because sipping with a friend is what this drink is all about), start by making a simple syrup – 1/4 cup water to 1/4 cup sugar. Boil this mixture until all of the sugar is dissolved. Combine half of this mixture with 4 tablespoons butter, 1/2 cup lemon juice, 1/2 cup  hot water, 2 lemon slices and 2 orange slices. Finish off with 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon. Stir for 15 minutes, then serve into two mugs.

Each serving should fill half of a standard mug. Make sure to include a slice of lemon and orange in each mug, as it adds to the flavor as it sits in the drink.

The butter and lemon juice want to separate while you’re drinking it, so a stirring rod is a must-have. It is vital to sip slowly. The flavor matures as the drink sits, which creates a more relaxed tempo.

The initial flavor is sweet, followed by a sour punch. What’s left is a warm, buttery aftertaste. However, if you don’t sip slowly, all three flavors will hit at once, tickling your throat with both the heat and the lemon.

The concentrated flavor is much appreciated with the tranquil experience. It warms the body and soul.


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Drink: Hot Buttered Lemon

Recipe by: Kim Randrup

Ingredients: Sugar, lemon juice, hot water, butter, lemon slice, lime slice, nutmeg, cinnamon

Rating: 4/5