Hot Buttered Rum Mix

Before you thank me, I want to give credit where credit is due. And that needs to go to our friend Katusha, who was generous enough to bring us a container of her hot buttered rum mix to the Thanksgiving meal we hosted last month.  Since then, Eric and I have been tearing through it, sharing it with friends at the end of a long day of work.

As the contents of the jar quickly disappeared (where did it all go???), I knew it was time to not just make my own batch, but to pay it forward.  Seeing that we were attending our friends John and Molly’s Christmas party this past weekend, it was the ideal time to whip up some more and give them a container.

Normally when I embark on such an endeavor, I immediate start searching for recipes, but I knew exactly what ingredients went into it.  And it really was as simple as it looked, making it the ideal last minute Christmas gift.

For those who have never had it before, hot buttered rum mix is a blend of butter, sugar, and a variety of spices.  The spices you include can vary depending on your preference, but this is a fairly resilient recipe (with limits of course), so feel free to play around a bit.

When consumed with some rum and hot water, you have the perfect after dinner beverage.  But, be warned, you WILL want to go to sleep after you’re finished.

Hot Buttered Rum Mix


1/2 cup (one stick) unsalted butter, softened and cut into chunks

1 1/2 cups light brown sugar

1 cup granulated sugar

2 tbsp cinnamon

1 tbsp nutmeg

2 tsp ground ginger

a pinch of ground dried clove

1 tbsp vanilla extract



Put all of the ingredients in the bowl of a food processor and mix until everything has blended together.

Transfer the mixture to a jar and store in the refrigerator until you are ready to use it.


Now… what to do with it:


1 1/2 ounces of rum (bourbon works well too)

Hot buttered rum mix

Hot water



Pour the rum into a glass or mug.  Add a heaping spoonful of the hot buttered rum mix to the glass and pour the water on top of it.  Stir and enjoy.





  • December 23, 2010 - 5:31 am

    The Cilantropist - Oh yes. This definitely sounds like something I would like. 😀ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2010 - 12:35 pm

    Medeja - Sounds like something I would like too 😀ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2010 - 12:44 pm

    Chef Dennis - What a great idea!! If it makes me sleep better than thats a plus!!
    Thanks for sharing this perfect holiday treat with us!

  • December 23, 2010 - 1:02 pm

    Janis - Yes! Forget giving it away. It is snowing here and it is 8:00 in the morning but I want some of this NOW. Ok, that sounds embarrassing. "Hi, my name is Janis…"ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2010 - 1:09 pm

    Karen - What a great hostess gift idea. I'm going to make some to give and some to keep. Thanks so much for sharint this. Merry Christmas!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2010 - 1:11 pm

    Jenn - This is a fantastic idea for a holiday gift! Thanks so much for sharing…and thanks to your friend Katusha too! I love hot buttered rum!!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2010 - 2:14 pm

    Elle - I'm doing it!!!! I love this!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2010 - 2:20 pm

    bunkycooks - People love receiving homemade gifts…so where's mine? 😉 Just kidding…gotta love boozy and spicy drinks! Yum!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2010 - 2:36 pm

    Fun and Fearless in Beantown - What a creative holiday gift! This looks fantastic!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2010 - 2:46 pm

    Shulie - Like the gift idea. So easy and so pretty! I started giving homemade gifts for the holidays last year and adding this to my collection!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2010 - 2:51 pm

    SMITH BITES - such a great holiday gift Brian – and it's been EONS since i've had a hot buttered rum!!! HAPPY HOLIDAYS BRIAN!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2010 - 4:03 pm

    tastesbetterwithfriends - perfect for a nap over the holidays after a little turkey and even better that you're spreading the goodness around!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2010 - 4:16 pm

    Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic - I want to drink hot buttered rum till I can't drink anymore… Yummm!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2010 - 5:33 pm

    Elizabeth - Whoa. I know a good number of people who would eat just the mix.ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2010 - 5:40 pm

    Barbara l Vino Luci Style - I love seeing how recipes last and spread and you see them in the most surprising places! I've been gifting a similar mix to neighbors for more years than I would like to admit; probably since before you were born Brian, and it never loses it's appeal. A great idea, a great gift and needless to say…a great drink!

    Have a safe trip; I'll be thinking of you and your family.ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2010 - 5:57 pm

    Andrew Frishman - Mmnnnn . . . I LOVES me some Rum, especially when it's hot and buttered.

    Caliente y mojada ≠ caliente y mantequilla.ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2010 - 6:23 pm

    Diana - Oh, this looks delightful!! Thanks for sharing – gotta try it!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2010 - 9:30 pm

    Lisa {Authentic Suburban Gourmet } - What a great gift idea! Will have to make this over the holidays – would be great for my cocktail party I am throwing next week as a wind down to the evening. Happy Holidays!!ReplyCancel

  • December 23, 2010 - 11:36 pm

    sara @ CaffeIna - Oh my goodness. Thanks for sharing this recipe 'cause I was still looking for a gift idea for a couple of our friends and they totally love alcoholic treats. And good to know it makes you sleepy so we won't be having it before a long drive :)ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2010 - 1:20 am

    Mardi @eatlivetravelwrite - I LOVE this. Wish I was getting some for Christmas – it's gonna be cold up in the Mexican mountains – perfect weather for a hot rum :-) Will have to do with the "ronpopo" you can buy here everywhere but it just won't be the same! Merry Christmas to you both – wishing you lots and lots of deliciousness over the holidays!ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2010 - 7:01 am

    Monet - Hi sweet man…I heard about your loss on Twitter. My thoughts and heart are with you and your family. Thank you for sharing such a delicious treat. I so wish I had a jar of this right now…I could use a goodnight drink. Take care, my friend…let me know if I can do anything for you!ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2010 - 12:35 pm

    Joanne - Not gonna lie, I have always wondered what exactly buttered rum is. Since my family's alcoholic beverages consist entirely of tequila and cognac. Shot for shot style.

    This sounds delicious! My friends and I are having a New Year's party and I think this would be the perfect thing to ring in the new year!ReplyCancel

  • December 24, 2010 - 3:24 pm

    Sippity Sup - Love hot drinks this time of years. I have made buttered rum before, but your mix is even more aromatic than any I have encountered. I can almost smell it now. GREGReplyCancel

  • December 25, 2010 - 7:28 am

    Hester Chang - Holy cow… this looks absolutely excellent to be had by a roaring fire and cuddling under a blanket!ReplyCancel

  • December 25, 2010 - 11:47 am

    Peggy - This sounds like the most amazing gift!ReplyCancel

  • December 25, 2010 - 4:22 pm

    My Barbarian Table - fantastic! and just yesterday I was wondering what ingredients I needed to make a Hot Buttered Rum, you're awesome!
    Merry Christmas

  • December 26, 2010 - 3:02 am

    Jackie - Ever since you posted this I've been meaning to make some so that I can try its amazingness, but I so far haven't been able to – too sleepy/unwell! However, I have a bottle of rum with my name on it and I'm going to tackle this tomorrow. I shall report back with results 😉

    Jax xReplyCancel

  • December 26, 2010 - 2:11 pm

    Liren - Belated Christmas greetings, Brian! Mm, never heard of Hot Buttered Rum mix, but wow, now I want some! Perfect host and hostess gift, indeed!ReplyCancel

  • December 26, 2010 - 7:04 pm

    blackbookkitchendiaries - i tried this with my family and it was such a hit! thank you so much:)ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2010 - 2:09 am

    Nancy - Excellent gift suggestion – I've never had buttered rum but will definitely have to give this a try!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2010 - 2:23 am

    ~Lisa~ - This is fantastic. What a great combination of flavors. This most definitely is a great gift idea!ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2010 - 3:27 am

    Claire Gallam - Very great combination of flavors. Butter, rum? SOLD! :)ReplyCancel

  • December 28, 2010 - 3:51 am

    We Are Not Martha - What an awesome holiday gift idea!! Definitely keeping this in mind for next Christmas. Homemade delicious gifts FTW! :)


  • December 28, 2010 - 4:55 pm

    Jean - You're right–what a perfect gift! Like everyone has said, I can almost smell this. Yum!

    Happy New Year!ReplyCancel

  • December 29, 2010 - 3:19 pm

    Sanjeeta kk - Love this innovative delicous recipe! Might pan cakes will be no more boring :)

    Happy 2011 to you!ReplyCancel

  • January 27, 2011 - 12:22 am

    KrisDub - Thanks for sending me this recipe! I can't wait to try it!ReplyCancel

  • March 6, 2011 - 12:45 am

    sheila @ Elements - Yummmmmm!!!!! I have to try this one night after a stressful day at work. I’ll bet it’s a cure-all! :)ReplyCancel

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  • October 20, 2013 - 9:14 pm

    Judy Noonan Harnum - Yes this is sooo good my very good friend makes it at holiday time she adds vanilla ice cream!! Heaven in a cup!!! ReplyCancel

  • November 25, 2013 - 5:42 pm

    Jennifer L. - Sounds delicious! I wonder how it would be with the addition of a tasty spiced tea, such as Constant Comment, instead of hot water… oh the possibilities.ReplyCancel

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    Stephanie Ebert - i added a lil bit of orange zest!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!ReplyCancel

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  • February 4, 2015 - 5:12 pm

    Paul in Missouri - Arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr!ReplyCancel

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