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Recipe: Homemade Hot Buttered Rum

Delicious Hot Buttered Rum

My family has made hot buttered rum over the holidays for as long as I can remember. You know, from that dried stuff called “Hot Buttered Rum Mix” at the liquor store? Well, until this year, that is! Matt and I perused the internet and created a wonderful recipe that is so much better than store-bought mix. Plus, much like homemade cranberry sauce, this recipe is incredibly easy!

Enjoy this drink that warms the tummy and soothes the soul…


Brewing Buttered Rum

Easy Homemade Hot Buttered Rum


  • 3 C Water
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1/8 t Ground Nutmeg
  • 20 Cloves
  • 1/4 C Brown Sugar (or 1/8 C white sugar and 1/8 C maple syrup)
  • 1.5 T Butter
  • 1 Pinch Salt
  • 3 oz Rum (dark is better, but light works as well)


1. Cook all of the ingredients except the rum together in a pan. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 10-30 minutes (cooking longer will increase the flavor). Taste and add extra sugar if desired.

2. Remove from heat and add rum, stirring. Allow to sit for 2-3 minutes so that flavors come together fully. Serve in mugs.

Makes 3 delicious cups.

Homemade Hot Buttered Rum

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9 comments to Recipe: Homemade Hot Buttered Rum

  • Joy

    Now that sounds like a great redipe ! … I have always wondered about making it myself … thanks !

  • I’m not much for rum but my husband will thank you for this recipe. Have a merry, white Christmas, Melinda.

  • Oh my gosh, that sounds so easy and good.

    And, I’ll bet I could make an incredible spicy rum base now that I now how to make liqueurs. Steep cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves in rum for a month or so. Then sweeten with a brown sugar syrup. Heat hot water, add spiced rum and Earth Balance. I’m gonna try this!

  • I have a recipe, basically just an expansion of yours using ground spices, that makes up a jarful of the spiced sugary butter. Stored in the refrigerator, you just add a spoonful to the rum in your mug and stir in boiling water (will also work with hot cider for the no-alcohol crowd).

  • Debbie

    I usually just read your blog without posting, but I had to stop by tonight and thank you. We used your recipe for Christmas Eve festivities with family tonight. I think we have the makings of a new holiday tradition. All of us were new to hot buttered rums, and all of us absolutely loved these. Thanks!

  • Merry Christmas Melinda to you and Matt. Hope you have a wonderful and green day!


  • Joy, You’re welcome – I hope you enjoy it, and that your holidays have been wonderful!

    Green Bean, Thank you – I hope your hubby enjoys it! (And it doesn’t taste much like rum, so you might give it a taste too. ; ) ) Merry Christmas to you, too! I hope the boys are having a lovely holiday.

    Chile, Oh boy, you always surprise me. That sounds FABULOUS. MMMmmmmm.

    Sadge, Great idea to mix everything together to keep for later! Thanks for sharing!

    Debbie, You made my night. Thanks for coming to tell me so – I’m glad you all enjoyed it!!

    Gavin, Thank you – Merry Christmas to you and your family!

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  • Sarah

    Sounds tasty! but I have a question, I am also looking at another recipe for buttered rum that only calls for 6 cloves in an 8 cup recipe. How did 20 cloves for a 3 cup recipe come about? I mean, how does it affect the flavor?

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