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Hot Buttered Rum with a Homemade Mix

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Make your own homemade hot butter rum mix to make hot buttered rum with just hot water, butter, and rum. Leave the alcohol out for a family-friendly and kid-friendly winter beverage.  


hot buttered rum

If you’ve spent any time watching a Christmas movie on the Hallmark Channel, then you’ve probably run into the hot buttered rum. It’s not quite as prevalent as hot cocoa in the movies, but every once in a while it pops up.  But why exactly is everyone drinking hot butter and rum? 

Hot Buttered Rum 


What is a hot buttered rum?

This hot drink apparently was popular during Colonial times. It is a pretty simple combination of brown sugar, white sugar, winter spices, butter, and rum.  The spices include nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. These were all ingredients easily found in that time era.   

It sounds weird to put butter in a drink, but it’s delicious! It makes the cocktail super creamy. You can even make a kid-friendly version of this drink for decorating the tree by leaving out the rum. It’s the perfect winter drink for everyone in the house.


Hot Buttered Rum Ingredients

To make a hot buttered rum you will probably find most of what you need is already in your kitchen. You will need:

• Brown sugar
• White sugar
• Cinnamon
• Nutmeg
• Allspice
• Butter
• Rum
• Boiling water

Sugars – You need both white and brown sugar for this drink recipe. 

Spices – The spices used for this drink are pretty common and can be found in the baking aisle.

Butter – Feel free to use salted or unsalted butter for this recipe. A little salt helps bring out the sweet so salted butter is great.

Rum – You can use silver or gold rum for this recipe or if you have a preferred rum, you can use that here.

Boiling water – The hot water melts the sugar and the butter and is the base of this drink.


How to Make Hot Buttered Rum Mix

The best part about making hot buttered rum is that the base is easily made into a mix. All you need to make the drink is the pre-made mix, butter, water, and rum. It’s as easy as whipping up a cup of hot cocoa. Store the hot buttered rum mix in a mason jar. 

hot buttered rum mix in a jar

Measure out the dry ingredients and place them in a mason jar. Put the lid on tight and shake the jar to combine the ingredients. Store in a cool dry place.

How to Make a Glas of Hot Buttered Rum 

When you are ready to make a mug of hot buttered rum, gather together a mug for each person; your hot butter rum mix in a jar, rum, and start the water boiling. 

hot buttered rum mix in a glass with butter
Place 2 tablespoons of hot buttered rum mix in each mug. Add a pat of butter on top of the mix. That’s about 1 tablespoon of butter.

Bring the water to a boil either on the stovetop or in the microwave. Carefully, pour about 1 cup of boiling water over the hot buttered rum mix and the butter. Stir until everything is dissolved and combined.

Pour in a shot of rum and stir one more time.  Top with whipped cream and cinnamon. Enjoy while watching Christmas movies or decorating your tree!


Hot Buttered Rum Frequent Asked Questions:

Can I use any rum?
Yes! You can! You can also use vodka or even tequila if you prefer.

Do I have to add alcohol?
Nope, you don’t. You can keep this drink kid-friendly by omitting the alcohol. It’s just as delicious without the rum.

How do I store the hot buttered rum mix?
Place the mix in your mason jar and secure the lid. It’s best kept in a cool dry place such as your pantry or even on your countertop.


Yield: About 4 mugs

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

Make your own homemade hot butter rum mix to make hot buttered rum with just hot water, butter, and rum. Leave the alcohol out for a family-friendly and kid-friendly winter beverage.  


  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 Tablespoon butter
  • ½ shot of rum
  • 1-2 cups of boiling water


To Make the Mix:

  1. Measure and combine the brown sugar, white sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice together.
  2. Place in a mason jar and shake to mix together. Store in a cool, dry place.

To Make a Cup of Hot Buttered Rum:

  1. Scoop out 2 Tablespoons of hot buttered rum mix into the bottom of a mug or glass.
  2. Add the butter to the mug or glass.
  3. Pour in the boiling water and mix to dissolve sugar and the butter.
  4. Add the shot of rum and mix once more. Enjoy!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 135Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 2gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 8mgSodium: 31mgCarbohydrates: 25gFiber: 1gSugar: 24gProtein: 0g
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