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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.
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.
Simple Ingredients for Hot Buttered Rum
The batter is a simple recipe, like a cookie batter without the flour:
- Butter |salted or unsalted, room temp
- Powdered sugar
- Light brown sugar | lightly packed
- Nutmeg | fresh grated is amazing!
- Ground Cinnamon
- Cloves | these are optional, but I love their warm flavor!
- vanilla ice cream | slightly softened, use a quality vanilla ice cream
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
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!
Tools for Traditional Hot Buttered Rum Recipe
- Kitchenaid Stand Mixer or Hand Mixer and bowl
- A good sturdy spatula and ice cream spade (also great for Mile High Mud Pie)
- Freezer Storage Container
- Copper Mugs or Coffee Mugs
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.
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