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 test

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 (3)

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
02/01/2021
We jokingly call this hot ruddered bum now - thanks Chef John! This is really tasty, but I worry about drinking butter because of the richness ...however, if I stick to one of these, it's OK . I am, afterall, the Queen Mum of my ruddered bum! Read More
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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
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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
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
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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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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2020
Wow! Super-simple to make and very delicious. And because the “batter” goes a long way, it’s easy to keep some on hand for use at a later date. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/13/2020
Wonderful flavor and texture! Reminds me a of a chai latte, but smoother. Read More
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