Hot Buttered Rum Recipe

Hot Buttered Rum
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This time of year, there’s nothing better than sipping on a Hot Toddy, aka Hot Buttered Rum. The rich buttery flavor mixed with the spices and warming rum… it’s the perfect winter elixir.

Whether you believe that a Hot Buttered Rum has the powers to ward off an oncoming cold, this cocktail is a crowd pleaser. I like to think it has special powers, but that might just be an excuse to drink more of them!

Hot Buttered Rum

In fact, a Hot Buttered Rum is quite easy to make, and you can mix up a large batch of the spiced butter to use for subsequent drinks, which cuts down on prep time. Mix up a large batch and keep it in your fridge for whenever the mood strikes. Or use a large batch to make hot toddies for your holiday party.

My aunt used to make Hot Buttered Rum for all of our family holiday gatherings. We came to expect that butter mix to show up at the party and if it didn’t, we’d confront her in mock anger. It was just that good.

Hot Buttered Rum Ingredients

  • Butter
  • Brown sugar
  • Cinnamon
  • Nutmeg
  • Ginger
  • Dark Rum
  • Orange juice
  • Orange zest and rind for garnish

Hot Buttered Rum Drink

By the way, you don’t have to use dark rum. Any brown liquor will suffice, so if you only have Whiskey on hand, try a Hot Buttered Whiskey instead.

Since it’s not super practical to make just one drink at a time, the recipe for the butter mix is enough to make 4 drinks, while the cocktail instructions themselves are for just one drink. You can make 4 with the butter mix.

Like this recipe? You might also like these drinks: 16 Fall-Inspired Cocktails & Mixed Drinks

Hot Buttered Rum

The rich buttery flavor mixed with the spices and warming rum... it's the perfect winter elixir.
Prep Time5 mins
Total Time5 mins
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Rum
Servings: 4 drinks
Calories: 300kcal
Author: Laura


For the butter mix (makes 4 servings)

  • 1/2 cup butter softened
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch of salt

For the cocktail (makes 1 cocktail)

  • 2 tbsp butter mix
  • 1 1/2 oz dark rum
  • 6 oz boiling water

For garnish

  • Orange zest
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Cinnamon stick


  • Put all of the butter mix ingredients in a bowl and mix together well.
  • To make one drink, place 2 tbsp of the butter mix into a mug, pour over the rum, add the boiling water and stir well. Top with desired garnish. Serve.


  • The butter mix will keep in a container in the refrigerator for at least a week.
  • You can make the butter mix ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until ready to use.
  • Substitute another dark liquor for rum, if desired.

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