This Hot Buttered Rum is a comforting hot cocktail prepared with simple everyday ingredients.
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Who doesn’t love the taste of smooth, comforting and creamy buttered rum?! This is an easy cocktail recipe I’ve been making for years during the holidays and cold winter months.
I first published this recipe in January 2014 and I’m bringing it back with new photographs, because it’s JUST THAT GOOD.
A lot of recipes I’ve seen for hot buttered rum call for ice cream or hot water. I use whole milk because I don’t normally keep ice cream in my freezer during cold winter months (and milk still gives it a creamy delicious flavor!).
Your Simple Ingredients
- Brown sugar
- Powdered sugar
- Dark rum
- Whole milk
- Optional garnishes: cinnamon stick and star anise
You can make it even spicier by using spiced rum if you desire, and/or even creamier by topping with whipped cream.
Cheers to the holidays and please drink responsibly. Enjoy!Print
Hot Buttered Rum
- Total Time: 5 minutes
- Yield: 1 cocktail
- 2 teaspoons unsalted butter, melted
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons powdered sugar
- 1 shot (1.5 ounces) dark rum
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- Pinch of ground nutmeg
- 1 cup whole milk, heated
- In a coffee mug, stir butter, brown sugar and powdered sugar until combined.
- Add hot milk, rum, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir well to combine. Garnish with cinnamon stick and/or star anise.
Adapted from AllRecipes.com
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Category: Cocktails
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: hot buttered rum
Originally published January 23, 2014 and updated December 23, 2018.
OMG! I added vanilla instead of powered sugar and it was sooooo good I could drink this all winter!
I just made this. Very yummy! I think the milk definitely adds something.
Could you warm milk and spices in crockpot and add rum to each cup as needed throughout the evening?
Hi Marcia, I haven’t tried doing that so I can’t say with 100% certainty, although I wouldn’t hesitate to try it. Let us know how it turns out if you do!
I just made this tonight.
Very reminiscent of eggnog, just as a hot beverage.
It was a delightful way to end a snowy Canadian day!
I definitely would make this again!!
If someone cannot have milk but can have butter – could you substitute soy milk or coconut milk? Which would be better?
Amy @ The Blond Cook
Hi Frannie, I have not tested this recipe using soy milk or coconut milk so I can’t say with 100% certainty. Sorry I can’t be of more help. Let us know how it turns out if you try it! 🙂
I used lactose whole milk
Neither, dairygold lactose free milk! The soy/coconut will mess the taste up
I convert every recipe to lower sugar content, making it keto friendly. I used coconut milk / cream and some 1/2 and 1/2 instead of high carb milk. DELICIOUS! And next cup I’ll try the vanilla extract instead of the Swerve pwdrd. sugar, as suggested by a reader.
I used Captain Morgan’s Jack-O-Blast (pumpkin spiced rum). This is a great recipe!
Hubby & I just tried. Sampling for what to make for holidays & this was very good. Making 2nd cup now . Thank you for sharing this recipe! & Happy Holidays!
I was serfing the Internet in search of some interesting hot drinks for the party this weekend and suddenly saw this wonderful recipe. You are absolutely right, who doesn’t love the taste of smooth creamy buttered rum?! I am 100% sure everybody will enjoy this hot drink as the days become colder and colder. Thank you, this is a real find!
I’ve been looking for a recipe for this a long time Thank you.
I’m in New Bern NC, not too far from you and I was looking for a hot beverage. I can across you recipe and it looks delicious. I can’t wait to try it tomorrow night. Thanks.
Amy @ The Blond Cook
Hi Cathy, thank you and I hope you enjoy it… it’s a small world! 🙂
You KNOW I’m dying to try this… hopefully tonight! It’s a chilly day today here in Nashville! =)
Amy @ The Blond Cook
I hope you enjoy it, Marcia! I could use one here in NC too tonight! 🙂
It’s 80 degrees here right now (not to flaunt that fact or anything) and I am *still* craving this recipe–it sounds like a delightful warm-me-up in spite of the weather. Kind of like a butterbeer nostalgia! I can’t wait to try it.
The Blond Cook
Ala I am so jealous of your warm weather! Thank you! 🙂 I too could probably have one (or three) of these ANY time of the year!