Hot Buttered Rum

January 6, 2022
Hot Buttered Rum Sugar Butter Honey Cinnamon Cloves Rum Nutmeg Salt Hot Water Cocktail

Hot Buttered Rum is a comforting mixture of rum, butter, honey, hot water, and various warm spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. This mixed drink is usually enjoyed in the cold-weather months and is traditionally enjoyed during the holiday season. Its history dates back to colonial days, when Jamaica began importing rum to the American Colonies in the 1650s. Today there are many variations and twists on this cold-weather classic.

This large format recipe can be halved for a smaller batch or two servings. It joins other heated, cold weather favorites like Mulled Wine, Hot Toddy, and Mulled Spiked Cider.


2/3 cups SUGAR, Dark brown sugar
1/2 cups BUTTER, room temperature
1/4 cups HONEY
1/2 tsp CINNAMON, ground
1/8 tsp CLOVES, ground
1/4 tsp NUTMEG, groung
1 pinch(es) SALT
3/4 cups RUM, spiced or dark
2 cups HOT WATER, or warm cider
4 whole CINNAMON, sticks
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