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Hot Buttered Rum topped with whipped cream.
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Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum is a festive cocktail flavored with butter, brown sugar, spices, and vanilla. Serve this warm and cozy drink all winter long.
Course Beverages
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 0 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 - 5
Calories 253kcal


  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
  • cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 2 pinches ground cloves or anise
  • ¼ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • pinch salt
  • ¾ cup spiced rum more or less, to taste*
  • 3 cups boiling water (approximately) more or less, to taste*


  • Using an electric mixer, beat butter, brown sugar, syrup, spices, vanilla, and salt until combined.
  • Place the butter in the bottom of a pitcher or large glass measuring cup. Add the rum, followed by the boiling water (start with 2 cups of water, taste, and add more until you get it right where you want it. I used right around 3 cups total) . Whisk until combined. Serve immediately. Garnish with whipped cream, if desired.


*Adjust the amount of rum or water to make the drink stronger or weaker. Use this recipe as a guide, adapting to suit your taste preferences. 
See the post (above) for ideas for switching up the flavorings. 


Calories: 253kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 86mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 21g | Vitamin A: 280IU | Calcium: 28mg | Iron: 1mg