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Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum is the perfect choice for a cozy, warming drink to enjoy during the holiday season. This classic cocktail has been enjoyed for centuries, with roots dating back to colonial times. The recipe typically involves a spiced butter mixture that is combined with dark rum, hot water, and a variety of warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Homemade Hot Buttered Rum for the Holidays

Hot buttered rum is a perfect holiday drink to serve at a party or to enjoy by the fire on a cold winter night. It’s also surprisingly easy to make, with most recipes requiring just a handful of ingredients and a few simple steps. While it’s certainly not the healthiest drink option out there (with plenty of butter, sugar, and calories), it’s a delicious treat that is sure to warm you up from the inside out.


Hot buttered rum has a long and rich history that dates back to colonial times in the United States. It is a classic winter cocktail that is traditionally associated with the holiday season, especially Christmas.

Hot buttered rum cocktail with cinnamon for Christmas and winter holidays.

The origins of this drink can be traced back to the early days of American history when rum was a popular spirit in the colonies. The drink was often consumed by sailors as a way to stay warm during the cold winter months.

During the holiday season, hot buttered rum is a favorite drink for many people. It is often served at parties and gatherings, and it is a great way to warm up on a cold winter night.

Today, there are many variations of the classic hot buttered rum recipe, each with its own unique twist. Some recipes use brown sugar instead of white sugar, while others add vanilla extract or orange zest for extra flavor. No matter how you make it, hot buttered rum is a delicious and comforting drink that is perfect for the holiday season.

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How to Make It

Homemade Hot Buttered Rum for the Holidays

Hot Buttered Rum

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Hot buttered rum is a cozy winter drink that can be easily made at home. Here's how to make a classic hot buttered rum recipe for you or a crowd.


  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3/4 cup dark rum
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Cinnamon sticks for garnish.


    1. In a large bowl, beat the butter and brown sugar with an electric mixer on medium speed for about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy.
    2. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and vanilla extract to the bowl and mix until well combined.
    3. Transfer the spiced butter mixture to an airtight container and store in the fridge or freezer until ready to use.
    4. To make the hot buttered rum, add 2 tablespoons of the spiced butter mixture to a mug.
    5. Pour in 2 ounces of dark rum and top with 1 cup of hot water.
    6. Stir until the spiced butter mixture is dissolved and the drink is smooth.
    7. Garnish with a cinnamon stick or whipped cream, if desired.

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Choosing Your Rum

When making hot buttered rum, it is recommended to use a dark rum, such as Jamaican or Demerara rum. These types of rum have a stronger flavor that can stand up to the sweetness of the batter and spices.

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Hot buttered rum is a versatile drink that can be customized to your liking. Here are some variations to try:

Spiced Rum

Substitute regular rum with spiced rum for an extra kick of flavor.

Switch Up Your Spice Blend

Add a cinnamon stick to the drink for a warm and comforting flavor. Sprinkle some nutmeg on top of the drink for a hint of spice. Add a few cloves to the drink for a warm and aromatic flavor. Use allspice instead of or in addition to cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves for a more complex flavor. You can alter the amount of each spice used to best fit your tastes.

Apple Cider

Substitute hot water with apple cider for a fruity and sweet twist.


Use eggnog instead of butter for a creamy and festive drink.

Mulled Wine

Substitute rum with red wine and add the usual hot buttered rum spices for a warm and cozy drink.

Vanilla Ice Cream

Add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the hot buttered rum batter for a creamy and indulgent drink.

Rum Extract

Use rum extract instead of or in addition to actual rum for a non-alcoholic version of the drink.

Hot Buttered Rum
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Paul Kushner

Written by Paul Kushner

Founder and CEO of MyBartender. Graduated from Penn State University. He always had a deep interest in the restaurant and bar industry. His restaurant experience began in 1997 at the age of 14 as a bus boy. By the time he turned 17 he was serving tables, and by 19 he was bartending/bar managing 6-7 nights a week.

In 2012, after a decade and a half of learning all facets of the industry, Paul opened his first restaurant/bar. In 2015, a second location followed, the latter being featured on The Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives.

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