How To Make Hot Buttered Rum

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Hot Buttered Rum recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

Hot buttered rum is a classic mixed drink containing brown sugar, butter, various spices, hot water and rum. A few years ago, a friend showed me how to make Hot Buttered Rum. I had never tasted anything quite like it at the time and I loved it.

Rich, buttery, warm and loaded to the brim with holiday spices, this is a drink for special occasions. Serve this at a holiday party and your friends will talk about it and remember this long after the mugs are emptied.

Hot Buttered Rum recipe by Barefeet In The Kitchen

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Hot Buttered Rum

5 from 2 votes
Recipe adapted from and with thanks to Emeril Lagasse
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Servings: 12 servings


  • 1/2 cup butter softened (add a pinch of salt if the butter is unsalted)
  • 2 cups light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg freshly ground if possible
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • pinch ground cloves about 1/16 teaspoon
  • good quality dark rum
  • boiling water
  • Optional: half and half or heavy cream just a splash for each serving


  • Cream together the butter, sugar and spices. Chill in the refrigerator for an hour or two, until almost firm. Spoon 2 tablespoons of the mixture into a small mug. Add 2-3 ounces of rum and then pour 2-3 ounces boiling water over the top. Adjust the rum and the water to taste. Add cream if desired. Stir to combine. Enjoy!
  • The mixture will keep well in an airtight container in the refrigerator for a couple of weeks or in the freezer for several months. If you are freezing this, you can scoop into individual portions and then freeze the mix to use straight from the freezer.
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Jenn says

    Oh my word, I haven't had hot buttered rum since I left Nebraska! Can't wait to make this.. especially since it seems that we are about to have a bit of a cold spell here 🙂

  2. Deborah says

    I never heard of it, but I'm sick with a cold and sore throath, and I'll make sure I give this a go. As it is I've been drinking a toddy of the rum, lemnojuice, dark sugar and hot water – that works too 🙂 Have a nice weekend.

  3. Bonnie says

    Love hot buttered rums, but can't drink the rum anymore. So on a really cold day I will make it up with just some boiling water and drink'er down
    If I made this is would freeze in ice cups trays and then poop them into a plastic ziplock, or container and then it's at the ready all year round. Is great if you have a cold, or a little under the weather.

    • Sharkie2004 says

      I'm going to try that. I'm still nursing my son. And I find that when I drink I get really hot and swollen fingers, etc so wanted an option for no booze in it!

  4. krista storoy says

    I had Hot Buttered Rum many years ago at a holiday party and have been looking for the recipe since! I wasn't even able to find one on an internet search lol. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe! Defiantly going to make it this year.