Hot buttered rum is a favorite winter drink, and it's irresistible. It is both sweet and warm, which is just the kind of comfort you want on the coldest days of the year. In the United States, the drink dates back to colonial times, but warming beverages, in general, have a longer and broader history. There are a number of ways to make this popular drink, and it's perfect to enjoy during the holiday season.
This hot buttered rum recipe is very simple and can be used to quickly mix up one or two drinks at a moment's notice. If you're a big fan of the cocktail or plan to serve it at a party, you can also make up a big batch that can be stored in the refrigerator so all you have to do is pour, stir, and drink.
When it's time to pour, make sure the water isn't boiling hot because that may ruin the flavors of the drink. Approach the water as though you were making a pot of Earl Grey tea. Otherwise, feel free to customize this recipe by using more or less butter if you like; a tablespoon is common, and it's in the recipe here, but it's a little richer with 1 1/2 tablespoons of butter. Adjust the spices to taste.
Just one note: If you prefer whiskey, make the switch and mix up a hot buttered whiskey.
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Gather the ingredients.
Pour in the rum and top it with hot water.
Stir. Serve and enjoy.
Make a Batch of Batter
- Mix together 3 cups brown sugar, 1/2 cup unsalted butter, 3 tablespoons honey, 1 tablespoon rum extract (or 1/2 tablespoon dark rum), 1 tablespoon vanilla extract, 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg, 1 teaspoon ground allspice, and 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon using an electric mixer until everything is blended together. Yield: Batter for about 25 servings.
- Store the batter in a well-sealed jar in the refrigerator until needed. It will be ready for the first drink after about an hour and keeps well for a few weeks.
- Many hot buttered rum fans prefer to form their batter into a log. This makes it easy to slice off one piece at a time whenever you want a drink. To do this, place the batter onto a sheet of plastic wrap and use it to shape a long roll that's about 2 inches thick. Wrap it up tightly, place it in an airtight container or plastic zip-close bag, and store it in the refrigerator; it will also freeze for up to three months.
- To make a drink, pour a shot (1 1/2 ounces) of rum into a mug, add a heaping spoonful of the batter, then top it with hot water.
- The big-batch batter mix is fantastic on its own when topped with hot water. Skip the liquor entirely, add a little cream if you like, and 2 teaspoons of rum extract to one serving, and you'll have a warm, soothing mocktail.
Alternate Mixing Method
If you're looking for a fun way to mix your hot buttered rum, try using a red hot poker. The heat naturally melds all the flavors together, creating a luscious, steaming drink. It is great for camping and can be used for caramelizing dark beer, too.
It takes some patience, so go slowly and take care not to burn yourself. Also, the thicker the glass, the better; heftier beer mugs with handles are perfect.
Choose a clean, thick rod and let it sit in the fire until it is red hot. Shake off any ashes and slowly put it into the finished drink, being careful not to touch the glass with the rod or it will shatter.
Leave it in for 10 or 15 seconds, remove the rod, and enjoy your hot drink.
How Strong Is Hot Buttered Rum?
Hot buttered rum is a gently spiked drink. Its alcohol content will be determined by how much water you pour. If you're precise in measuring 5 ounces of hot water and pour an 80-proof rum, the drink weighs in around 10 percent ABV (20 proof). No matter what, it's always going to be in the same range as wines.