Hot Buttered Rum Classic Cocktail

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The Hot Buttered Rum is a classic cocktail which is due a revival. Like Bulletproof coffee, it calls for you to melt butter right into the drink.

Does that sound a little gross? And maybe really fattening? Well, if you like the taste of Butter Rum Lifesavers, this drink has kind of the same flavor. Which is not gross at all.

As for fattening, I’ve got good news for you: turns out butter is good for you! Okay, it’s still high in calories, but it’s not clogging your arteries like scientists once thought.

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.

Hot Buttered Rum in front of jar of cinnamon sticks

And all of that is why it’s about time for the classic Hot Buttered Rum to make a comeback. It’s a perfect drink for fall 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, warm and safe. It’s like comfort food in the form of a cocktail.

Overhead view of Hot Buttered Rum

Like Mulled Wine, this is one of those cocktails that’s easy to make in a big batch. It really kind of lends itself to that. So I’m going to give you the big batch version ahead of the standard.

You can’t make this one in a pitcher, since the butter is supposed to be floated on top. So there are basically two ways to go about making this one in batches:

  • Mix the rum with all the spices ahead of time, and then pour and add butter at the last minute.
  • Or you mix the butter with the spices, spoon that into the bottom of each class, and add rum and hot water when you’re ready to serve the drinks.

We went with the second option, because it’s actually much easier on the host or hostess. And it also does a surprisingly nice job of mixing all the ingredients together.

Angled overhead view of Hot Buttered Rum with cinnamon stick

And now for how to make it one drink at a time.

Overhead view of Hot Buttered Rum with cinnamon stick

Hot Buttered Rum Recipe

Yield: 1 mug
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 3 minutes

There are several variations on this recipe. This is the simple, classic version, featuring rum, butter, lemon and cinnamon.


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


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

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Last Updated:

October 26, 2023