Hot buttered rum

Have you heard the news? Turns out butter is good for you! Okay, it’s still high in calories, but it’s not clogging your arteries, it’s healthier than some of the ingredients in butter substitutes, and if you get grass-fed butter (which is so tasty) it has Vitamin K, which is good for you in many ways. And on that note, it’s about time for the classic Hot Buttered Rum to make a comeback!

Hot Buttered Rum recipe: dark rum, butter, cinnamon, lemon

It’s a perfect drink for autumn or winter. It belongs next to a nice fire, or out on the deck on a crisp, clear evening. It would even work around a campfire. Whatever the setting, a Hot Buttered Rum makes you feel more cozy.


There are several variations on this recipe. The simple, classic version:

  • 2 ounces of dark rum
  • cinnamon stick
  • 1 pat butter
  • 1 slice lemon peel
  • Boiled water

Put the cinnamon stick, lemon peel and rum in a mug. Fill it with boiling water (leave a spoon in the mug so the glass won’t break from the heat). Float the butter on top, then stir it in. Or serve it with the butter floating and let your guests stir it in with their cinnamon sticks.

Or you can get fancier, in which case you should really just make up a pitcher at a time and save yourself some labor.

  • 1 bottle of dark rum
  • 1 stick of butter (let it sit out until it’s soft)
  • 2 cups of brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • a pinch of ground cloves
  • a pinch of salt
  • boiling water

Put the butter, sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt into a bowl. Cream them together with a mixer. Refrigerate until the mixture is almost firm. Spoon two tablespoons of the mixture into each of twelve small mugs. Fill the mugs to the halfway point with the rum (should use about three ounces of rum in each mug), then fill the mug the rest of the way with boiling water. Stir well and serve.

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  1. MuadHib says

    Well tryed last weekend with a bunch of friends cause it was very cold night!
    And was a huge success, very strong with one we were very harm :)
    Recommended, easy to do and very good taste

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