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Hot Buttered Rum is a soul warming winter cocktail! Rich and buttery, this delicious batter with butter, sugar, ice cream, nutmeg, and cinnamon is a classic American drink.

On a chilly night, you won’t be sorry you have this batter on hand. Combine some batter with your favorite rum and top with boiling water or go alcohol free and use hot cider.

If you enjoy seasonal drinks, give these others a try: Chai Latte, Cranberry Spritzer, Cranberry Lemon Drop Martini!

What is Hot Buttered Rum?

Hot buttered rum is a mixed drink containing rum, butter, hot water (or cider), sugar and warm spices (typically cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves).

It has a revered history in the United States, dating back to colonial days. Just like today, many families had their own unique recipes.

This recipe comes to you from an old Jackson Hole cookbook I’ve had for awhile, now out of print.

The original recipe made a ton, enough for an entire ski season, I halved the recipe, but it will easily double if you need to warm an army this winter!

How to Make Hot Buttered Rum Batter

Instead of making these drinks individually, we will make a batter that hangs out in the freezer, just waiting for a chilly day when you need something to warm you from the inside out.

Traditional Hot Buttered Rum recipe

The batter is a simple recipe, like a cookie batter without the flour:

  • 2 sticks real butter (salted or unsalted, room temp)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups lightly packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves (optional)
  • ½ quart vanilla ice cream, slightly softened
Process shots for hot buttered rum. 1. ingredients ice cream, brown sugar, butter, nutmeg, powdered sugar and cinnamon. 2. pouring sugars into mixer. 3. pouring brown sugar into mixer. 4. adding spices.

In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand mixer), whip butter, sugars and spices together until creamy and light.

Process shots for hot buttered rum batter. 1. Adding ice cream to mixture. 2. mixing in ice cream. 3. Pouring batter into freezer bowl. 4. scooping out batter mixture

Add softened ice cream and blend until smooth (though there might be some lumps, that’s ok).

Place batter in lidded freezer container and freeze. Freeze up to 3 months (or longer).

Assembling a Classic American Cocktail

  • Spoon a tablespoon of butter batter (say that 3 times fast) into a mug
  • Pour in 1-1 ½ ounces of dark rum
  • Fill mug with hot water (or hot cider), stirring gently to mix batter. If desired, top with a dollop of whipped cream
Process shots for making hot buttered rum. 1. Add batter to mug. 2. add rum 3. pour in hot water. 4. add whipped cream.

Non-Alcoholic Hot Buttered Apple Cider

I guess it would no longer be called a hot buttered rum, but instead we could call it a hot buttered cider, perhaps.

If omitting the rum, replace the hot water instead with hot apple cider to give it a bit more depth. Equally delicious and non-alcoholic!

A terrific drink for celebrating the holidays, an apres ski or skating drink, or anytime you need a drink to warm you from the inside out.

Buttered Rum Makes a Great Gift

This traditional hot buttered rum recipe batter makes a great Christmas, Valentine’s, or neighbor gift.

Simply place a portion of the batter in a plastic or glass container, tie with ribbon or string along with a couple of small bottles of rum and the instructions to make a Hot Buttered Rum, you might print out one of these cute Christmas Gift Tags to go with it!

Copper mug with hot buttered rum, topped with a generous dollop of fluffy whipped cream

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Tools for Traditional Hot Buttered Rum Recipe

Pinterest image for hot buttered rum, with glass mug of hot buttered rum with cinnamon stick on top.

Host an apres skating party (or skiing, sledding, snowman making), invite some friends over, start a roaring fire and make everyone a warm Hot Buttered Rum and serve with some chewy chocolate chip cookies.

Pinterest image with glass mug filled with hot buttered rum topped with whipped cream and a cinnamon stick.

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Yield: 45 mugs (approx)

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum is a soul warming winter cocktail! Rich and buttery, this delicious batter with butter, sugar, ice cream, nutmeg, and cinnamon is a classic American drink.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

Ingredients

Hot Buttered Rum Batter

  • 2 sticks real butter (salted or unsalted, room temp)
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 ½ cups lightly packed brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½-1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves (optional)
  • ½ quart vanilla ice cream, slightly softened

Hot Buttered Rum

  • 1 - 1 ½ tablespoons butter batter
  • 1-1 ½ ounces dark rum (omit for non-alcoholic version)
  • Hot Water (or substitute with Hot Cider)
  • Optional Whipped Cream to top
  • Fresh Nutmeg or Cinnamon sprinkled on top

Instructions

Buttered Rum Batter

  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer (or use a hand mixer), whip butter, sugars and spices together until creamy and light, scraping down sides occasionally, about 2-3 minutes.
  2. Add softened ice cream and blend until smooth (though there might be some chunks), scrape sides and bottom and mix until smooth. Place batter in container with lid and freeze.
  3. Freeze batter up to 3 months (probably fine longer).

ASSEMBLE HOT BUTTERED RUM

  1. Boil water. Place tablespoon of butter batter into heat safe mug. Pour in dark rum and top off with hot water. If desired, top with a dollop of whipped cream and a sprinkle of cinnamon or nutmeg.
  2. Try using hot cider and if non-alcoholic version is desired, omit rum and make with hot cider.


Nutrition Information:

Yield:

45

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 91Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 13mgSodium: 39mgCarbohydrates: 12gFiber: 0gSugar: 12gProtein: 0g

The nutritional information is estimated and may not be entirely accurate, at times it pulls information for suggestions and options which may increase calories, etc. Nutritional information will change based on used ingredients, quantities used, etc.

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Jennifer Ann Stewart

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

Definitely making two batches. One for now and one for freezer!

Kathleen

Tuesday 18th of February 2020

LOL! You won't be disappointed!!

Debi

Sunday 16th of February 2020

I love this drink. And I have everything to make it except the whipped cream. Making it today. Thanks

Kathleen

Sunday 16th of February 2020

YAY! I hope you love it, heck, I'd just add another scoop of the batter if I didn't have whipped cream! LOL!

Tasia ~ two sugar bugs

Saturday 15th of February 2020

It's been so chilly here lately and I could definitely use a warming up from the inside! I love that this is stored in the freezer. Pinned! Thanks for a great recipe Kathleen.

Kathleen

Sunday 16th of February 2020

Thanks Tasia! Me too, ready anytime you feel the need to warm up!!

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