It doesn’t quite feel like Christmas until I’ve curled up in front of the fireplace with Bing Crosby on the record player and a cozy mug of Hot Buttered Rum in my hand.
Hot Buttered Rum dates back to the colonial days in the United States, and the recipe (and flavor!) hasn’t changed much in the past few centuries—it’s sweet, creamy, buttery, and packed with holiday spice. Let us show you how to make this delicious Christmas cocktail!
What does hot buttered rum taste like?
To the uninitiated, buttered rum may not sound like a super appealing drink—butter mixed with alcohol? Sounds like a pass. But trust me. Hot buttered rum is sweetly spiced, and full of buttery vanilla flavor. It’s kinda like a really good Christmas cookie in a mug!
What’s in it?
The magic of this drink comes from the hot buttered rum batter. A batter for a cocktail? Yup! To make it, you’ll need to warm and mix together:
- Brown sugar and honey for sweetness.
- Unsalted butter for (you guessed it!) butteriness.
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves for some spiciness that warms you from the inside out.
- A pinch of salt to bring out the flavor.
- Vanilla extract for flavor.
When you’re ready to serve, you’ll just stir the batter with some hot water. Then pour in the rum, and top with whipped cream and nutmeg. Easy as that!
And lest you are thinking of skipping the whipped cream—don’t! As it melts into the drink, it makes the whole thing dreamy creamy.
The recipe below makes enough batter for about four cocktails. If you’re not using it all right now, the extra batter can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container.
What kind of rum should I use?
You can use spiced rum or dark rum here. Spiced rum is typically a dark rum that has been flavored with caramel and other spices. We prefer dark rum so we can control the spices, but a good quality spiced rum will also do the trick!
How do I warm the rum?
You actually don’t need to warm the rum separately in our hot buttered rum recipe. Since we are using boiling water to whisk with the batter, it will do the work of heating the batter and the rum through. So go ahead and use room temperature rum!
How strong is hot buttered rum?
Each drink has 2 ounces of rum, which is just over a standard shot. Be careful, though—hot buttered rum goes down smooth, and is tasty enough to catch up to you quickly! Feel free to add more or less rum to taste.
Can I make it non-alcoholic?
You sure can! Just drop the rum, and keep everything else. You’ll still have a delicious and festive drink.
How can I make hot buttered rum for a crowd?
The slow cooker is your friend when you want to make hot buttered rum for a group. Here’s all you need to do:
- Put all the batter ingredients in the slow cooker on high for an hour. No need to make the batter separately in advance!
- Add some water and rum, and set the slow cooker to warm.
- Keep the whipped cream and some nutmeg off to the side, and add them right as you serve each individual glass.
Looking for more festive drinks?
We have a collection of over a dozen Christmas cocktails for you, from bourbon butterscotch eggnog to sugar cookie martinis.