Christmas Drinks

Keeping Warm: Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail

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It’s getting nice and nippy out there. So we’re always looking for fun ways to keep warm. If you’re a cheapo like me, you probably hate keeping that furnace cranked all day and night, and not everyone is fortunate enough to own a fireplace. Don’t worried, we’ve got you covered with this tasty recipe for hot buttered rum we found last year from superstar chef Rachel Ray. Give it a try and tell us what you think!

Hot Buttered Rum

  • 2/3 cup packed dark brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, room temperature
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • Pinch salt
  • 3/4 cup spiced rum
  • 2 cups boiling water
  • 4 sticks cinnamon, for garnish

Using an electric mixer, beat the brown sugar, butter, honey, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl until blended and smooth. Transfer the mixture to a 4-cup (or larger) measuring cup. Add the rum and then 2 cups of boiling water. Stir until the butter mixture dissolves. Divide the buttered rum among 4 mugs. Garnish with the cinnamon sticks and serve.

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Photo and recipe courtesy of Rachel Ray and the Food Network

Alex is a full time Consultant with10+ years experience in the Wine & Spirits, Consumer Goods, and Retail industries. He is not a professional bartender, but is BarSmarts certified. When not writing for Intoxicology, Alex can be found traveling, spending time with his family, or at a local bar.


  1. A drink I had completely forgotten about. Used to love buttered rum on a cold evening. And of the smell, my memories are flooding back.
    Thanks so much, so have to make some this weekend.

  2. I just found your site thru Pinterest! Love it here and will be looking forward to your email’s (just subscribed!). I’m going to try this particular recipe out tomorrow for Thanksgiving day!

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