Hot Buttered Rum Mix

This recipe was sent in by a fellow viewer.  The recipe was her Father’s. It’s great for sipping around a campfire on a cold night!  I especially like this recipe because the mix is delicious and honestly better than I have purchased.  It makes about two pints, and you will have enough for yourself, and to give to a special friend.

Hot Buttered Rum is the perfect drink to make during the holidays, it warms the heart and the soul.

Hot buttered rum cocktail

Making Hot Buttered Rum Mix

My thanks to Mari who sent in this recipe. She told me it was her father’s. It’s a treat that’s especially great for sipping around a campfire on a cold night. And, it’s perfect to provide Holiday cheer. I love this recipe because the mix is delicious and honestly better than any I have purchased. It makes about two pints, so you will have enough for yourself and to share with that special friend around the fireplace.

Perfect for Wintry Nights

Rum is a tropical alcoholic drink made from molasses and other byproducts of sugarcane. Although not everyone has a taste for rum, there is something supremely irresistible about the word “rum” when it’s appended to the words “hot” and “buttered.” What do you immediately think of? How about the jingle of sleigh bells, cold snowy nights, blazing hot fires, and sugar-dusted cookies piled high on a plate?

History of Hot Buttered Rum

Hot buttered rum, also called a hot toddy, comes with a long history attached. The drink originated in Europe where hot, spiced alcoholic beverages have for centuries been used to fortify people against bitterly cold winters. After the British Royal Navy arrived in Jamaica in 1655, rum began to replace brandy as the daily alcohol ration for sailors.

Rum in the American Colonies

The US colonists started importing rum and soon progressed to setting up distilleries in the Northeast to make their own rum from cheap imported molasses. American-made rum gradually found its way into traditional beverages like the toddy which was concocted from rum, honey or sugar, and spices. And, in the case of hot buttered rum, this mix was enriched with a pat of golden butter.

Not Everyone Approved of Adding Butter

Hot buttered rum may sound inviting, but the drink did have its detractors, according to Wayne Curtis, who wrote And a Bottle of Rum: A History of the New World in Ten Cocktails. Curtis quotes David Embury, author of The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks, a classic cocktail book that was published in 1948, as follows:

“The lump of butter is the final insult. It blends with the hot rum just about as satisfactorily as warm olive oil blends with champagne!”

Buttered Rum Done Right

Although no one would think of adding olive oil to champagne, Curtis maintained that when done properly, hot buttered rum is the absolute “comfort food in a mug.” The key, he said is to make a thick batter consisting of softened butter, brown and white sugar, spices and ( ta-da!) softened vanilla ice cream. This batter is placed in a mug along with the rum and boiling water is stirred in. According to Curtis, the ice cream prevents the “odious slick” of grease from forming on the drink’s surface.

Looking for more drinks to warm up with? Try these

Crock-pot Wassail
Irish Coffee
Swiss Miss Cocoa Mix
How to Make Hot Chocolate from Scratch

Hot Buttered Rum is the perfect way to celebrate the holidays. #cocktail

My Easy Hot Buttered Rum Recipe

My recipe does not include ice cream and is very easy to make. Hot buttered rum is the perfect way to warm up on a cold winter’s evening. To be extra fancy, you may want to put a cinnamon stick in each cup. And, why not make a big batch? The mix will last indefinitely in your freezer. Or as Curtis put it, your mix should be “prepared at first frost and finished before the robins arrive.”

Thanks to Mari for sharing this recipe.

Hot Buttered Rum is the perfect drink to make during the holidays, it warms the heart and the soul.

Hot Buttered Rum Mix

Make your own hot buttered rum mix, it's the perfect way to warm up on a winter day.
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Cocktail, Hot Buttered rum
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 36
Calories: 188kcal


  • 1 pound Dark brown sugar
  • 1 pound powdered sugar
  • 1 pound butter
  • 4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon nutmeg


  • Soften butter and mix all ingredients together. To serve place a heaping tablespoon and a half of the mixture in a mug, add 1 jigger (1&1/2 ounces) rum and fill with boiling water. Mixture will last indefinitely in freezer.


Calories: 188kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 0g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 93mg | Potassium: 19mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 24g | Vitamin A: 315IU | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 0.1mg

About Stephanie Manley

I recreate your favorite restaurant recipes, so you can prepare these dishes at home. I help you cook dinner, and serve up dishes you know your family will love. You can find most of the ingredients for all of the recipes in your local grocery store.

Stephanie is the author of's Dining Out in the Home, and's Dining Out in the Home 2.

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  1. Kyle or K.Y.

    5 stars
    Serve it hot…..i mean i havent tried it cold but hot just is the way i like it…..i also like the cin. stick idea, if u are always gonna use one i would take away 1/4 of the cin. in the actual mix. Again only if u are always gonna put a cin. stick in it. Just and idea. Its fun to play around with recetpes. I did last night with the Outback Steakhouse Bloomin Onion Sauce. Put some sugar in it just about, well as much as you want, It was amazing on fried pickles.and on a Hamburger

  2. Mari

    This is Mari. Yes, this was my father’s recipe. I might add, that this past winter I made this for a group of friends (constantly!) They like spiced rum, so why not? I tried it with the spiced rum….delicious.

  3. tseleng phala

    5 stars

    looks devine

    what i would like to know is if it is to be served chilled or warm?


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