Daily bite: Hot buttered rum mix by award-winning Vancouver bartender, Justin Taylor, raises funds for charity

The Cascade Group's hot buttered rum mix is back for the holidays

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'Tis the season for hot, boozy beverages and even though Vancouver's weather may pale in comparison in terms of severity to the other blustery, minus twenty-something averages in other parts of Canada (I'm looking at you, Saskatchewan!), the folks out on the West Coast still want to be comforted by a warm drink too.

For a second year in a row, The Cascade Company--the restaurant group behind popular spots like its namesake The Cascade Room, The Union and El Camino's--is selling its signature seasonal JT's Hot Buttered Rum Mix and donating part of the proceeds to Fawkes Academy Parental Advisory Committee. This not-for-profit provides individualized educational programs for children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorder, other complex developmental disabilities, or different learning needs in the Vancouver area.

The hot buttered rum mix, a warming blend of butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger and salt was created by and named after The Cascade Room's general manager and well-known mixologist, Justin Taylor. It's intended to be mixed with a good quality rum and hot water or apple cider, but should be just as enjoyable if you won't be consuming alcohol this holiday season.

"I've enjoyed making this hot buttered rum compound for friends and family over the years," says Taylor. "It's been great to offer the product to a wider audience through Cascade Company's establishments and I'm proud that the festive fundraiser is supporting an important cause." 

The 250 mL jars of Taylor's small-batch product are available for $12 each (plus tax) while supplies last at The Cascade Room, El Camino's, The Union and Main Street Brewing Company.