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Homemade Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum is incredibly easy to whip up, and it's warm, comforting, and cozy! Made with rum, hot water, butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Perfect for festive holidays and cold winter nights.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Drinks
Keyword Easy New Year's Eve Recipes, Christmas Drinks, Drinks for a Crowd
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings 4 drinks
Author Stephanie Simmons


  • 3/4 cup rum
  • 2 to 2 and 1/4 cups water
  • 1 stick butter, softened
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground cloves


  • Prep: Heat the water in a medium saucepan on the stove.
  • Make the Butter Mixture: In a medium bowl, cream together the butter, sugar, and spices.
  • Combine: Reduce the heat to medium-low once the water is nice and hot (you don't want the drink to boil or the alcohol will cook off) and stir in the butter mixture and rum.
  • Serve: Enjoy immediately!
  • To Make Just One Drink: If you just want to make a glass or two at a time, heat up 5-6 ounces of water for each drink, add 1-2 ounce of rum, and 1/4 of the butter mixture per drink. Store the leftover butter mixture in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 weeks.
  • To Serve a Larger Crowd: You can double or triple this recipe. Just put it in a larger pot on the stove or in a slow cooker to keep it warm. You can always adjust the sugar/spices and amount of rum to taste, too.