Warm Up Your Winter with a Hot Buttered Rum 🍂🔥🥃

There’s something magical about sipping on a warm, comforting drink during the cold winter months. The Hot Buttered Rum, a beloved American classic dating back to colonial times, epitomizes this magic. While the traditional Hot Buttered Rum is a winter staple, our spiced version takes this comforting beverage to the next level, infusing it with a richer, more complex flavor profile.

The Historical Context – A Drink Rooted in Tradition

The history of Hot Buttered Rum in the United States dates back to colonial days. It was a time when rum was abundant, and warming drinks were cherished during harsh winters. Fast-forward to today, and the drink remains a holiday favorite, symbolizing comfort, warmth, and festive cheer.

Fun Fact: Rum was one of the first spirits to be distilled in the new colonies, making it a popular choice for various concoctions, including the Hot Buttered Rum.

Customization – Making It Your Own

Feel free to adjust the butter and spice levels according to your preference. If you’re more of a whiskey fan, simply switch the rum for whiskey to enjoy a hot buttered whiskey!

Perfect Occasions for Spiced Hot Buttered Rum

This spiced delight is ideal for holiday gatherings, from Thanksgiving to Christmas and New Year’s Eve. It’s also a perfect choice for a quiet, cozy evening by the fireplace.

The Spiced Hot Buttered Rum is not merely a drink; it’s a warm hug in a mug, a celebration of winter and its cozy comforts. So the next time you find yourself shivering in the winter cold, remember that a cup of Spiced Hot Buttered Rum is the perfect remedy. Cheers to winter comforts!

Hot buttered rum Cocktail

Hot buttered rum

Embrace the comfort of winter with this Spiced Hot Buttered Rum recipe. Originating from colonial America, this rich, warm beverage is a holiday season favorite. Whether you’re making a single serving or prepping a larger batch for a gathering, this easy recipe has you covered.

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Prep Time 3 minutes
Total Time 3 minutes

Ingredients – What’s in it?

  • 2 tsp Brown Sugar
  • 1 to 1.5 tbsp Butter - softened
  • 1 dash Vanilla Extract
  • 1 pinch Cinnamon - nutmeg, and allspice
  • 2 oz Dark Rum
  • 4 oz Hot Water - not boiling
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish

Adjust Servings 1 serving

Instructions – How to make it:

  • Prepare the Base: In an Irish coffee glass or a mug, combine the brown sugar, softened butter, vanilla extract, and spices. Mix or muddle these ingredients well to create the spiced butter base.
  • Add the Spirits: Pour the dark rum into the spiced butter mixture.
  • Top and Stir: Add hot water to the mug, keeping in mind that boiling water could diminish the drink’s flavors. Stir well to combine all the elements.
  • Garnish and Serve: Place a cinnamon stick in the mug as a garnish and give it one final stir before serving.

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Note: Feel free to switch to whiskey if you prefer a hot buttered whiskey variant.
Pro Tip:
If you find traditional hot buttered rum to be too mild, this spiced version adds a depth of flavors with the additional spices and brown sugar, enhancing the rum and creating a rich, satisfying drink.


Calories: 264kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 0.1g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 16mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 355IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Course Beverage, Cocktail, Drinks
Cuisine Beverage, Cocktail, Drinks
Keyword Beverage, Cocktail, Drink