While eggnog gets a lot more press, hot buttered rum is the ultimate festive holiday drink. So rich, so delicious, so satisfying, and super easy to make.

Recipe Summary

prep:
15 mins
total:
15 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
6 drinks
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
For the Batter:
For the Drinks:

Directions

Instructions Checklist
  • Place butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, clove, and salt for batter into a mixing bowl and cream together with a spatula until well combined.

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  • To make the drink, place about 2 tablespoons of the batter into a festive, heat-proof mug. Add 1 tablespoon cream, 3 tablespoons rum, and fill halfway up with some of the boiling water. Stir with a spoon until the batter dissolves and top off more water. Garnish with a pinch of nutmeg. Repeat until all 6 drinks are prepared and serve immediately.

Chef's Notes:

Batter can be used immediately or rolled into a log in plastic wrap and refrigerated until needed.

If you'd prefer to use white rum, go ahead.

Nutrition Facts

356 calories; protein 0.5g; carbohydrates 18.8g; fat 21g; cholesterol 61.1mg; sodium 44.9mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews

Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2020
This was perfect! Not too sweet but just right. Caution, have only one while baking Christmas cookies. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/27/2020
Delicious. Sweet and spicy. Used a mini moo creamer. It's definitely rich and buttery. A little strange feeling- drinking butter- but a special winter treat. Cheers! Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/25/2020
So so good! Adjusted the spices a little bit but you could put anything in it and the combo of spices + butter + heavy cream + rum would be delicious. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/18/2020
Made the recipe with one change (I can't eat dairy - so no heavy cream), had to grind my own cloves and cardamom (green is the variety that I had on hand) Very simple, very tasty, not overly sweet, not too much alcohol. Definitely wrapping an refrigerating the leftover batter. We'll have many more cold winter nights. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/14/2020
Oh. This was SO good. I'm anxiously awaiting the next snow storm, immediately after which I will bundle up and sit on my deck, surrounded by the quiet of heavy snow and kept cozy by the boozy heat of this heavenly beverage. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/09/2020
This was quick to make and way tastier than the effort I put into it! That means it's perfect! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/10/2021
....omgosh..... This is thee best warm Christmas drink. I, again, made it exactly as written and videoed and It. Is. Amazing. Thank you again, CJ for yet another excellent recipe. I am keeping the butter batter in my fridge all pandemic winter....it really helps on those cold dreary winter days....evoking all kinds of relaxation. ?? Read More
Rating: 5 stars
01/13/2021
Delicious! Can’t believe I’ve been without hot buttered rum so long in my life. I left out the clubs because I don’t like them Read More
Rating: 5 stars
12/18/2020
This is really good and so easy to make and enjoy... Thank you, chef John, love my winter nights now.... Read More
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