Hot Buttered Rum

"Only scale down to half at most. It is difficult to scale much farther down and still get the batter to come together. Made this in 2004 xmas and it tasted good, but wished I'd made more and just kept the leftover batter around."
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Ready In:




  • Beat the sugar and butter together until fluffy.
  • Beat in the spices.
  • Put a heaping teaspoon of the batter in the bottom of a mug with 1 1/2 oz of rum and top with hot water, stirring well.

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  1. My first "Hot Buttered Rum".....but it sure won't be my last! The perfect "warm up" on a cold winter's night. I kept Bill's review in mind when mixing, because I felt it might be a little strong for my taste also. So, I reduced the rum to 1-oz for my serving. It was perfect!! I put the remaining batter in an air-tight container and stuck it in the 'fridge. Thanks, Gay, I'm very glad you shared this one!!
  2. This was absolutely delicious, perfect for a winter night. I reduced the recipe by half (I didn't have a gallon of rum) and saved the rest of the batter. I would recommend cutting the amount of ground cloves in half, but that might just be me, I think they're pretty strong. But well worth having nonetheless!
  3. Hey! Good stuff! I've used Trader Vic's all these years, but now I'm switched. Sorry Vic. I've sacraficed a new plastic container for my buttered rum mix. I like having it on hand all year. This is good, and easy. TIP: Make up a double batch. It'll keep forever in the fridge and it's good any time. Summer nights on the patio can get chilly, and mid-winter can be freezing.
  4. Ooooooh! I had never had hot buttered rum before, so I took a chance and tried this recipe. Am soooooo glad I did! I omitted the cloves as I am not really big on them, but otherwise kept the recipe the same. I cannot rate this recipe high enough! Absolutely delish!
  5. USE NUTMEG SPARINGLY!!!<br/>This is a good recipe. Very yummy. I drink it without rum and my baby loves it to. However I seriously suggest mixing everything and adding the nutmeg to taste. Even a dash too much can overpower the whole drink. <br/>Can't wait to try it in my coffee.


  1. Morning and Merry Christmas! Five stars with a couple extra!! I made a batch of this in am. and added it to coffee. It was absolutely delicious!!! Instead of regular brown sugar I used the splenda brown sugar. It turned out just right. I made a very small batch and did a 4-1 ration of sugar to butter. I also added more cinnamon. How festive.. The temp. is falling and it is trying to snow here in Lexington, KY.
  2. Yum! Made a double batch - and I'm sipping on the 'sample' mug right now. All the 'makin's will come with us to the NY eve party tonight. We're going to try using hot cider instead of the water tomorrow morning while watching the Rose Parade. Note to self - if you decide to use a cinammon stick as a stirrer - be sure your mug isn't too tall -- it disappeared under the HBR, and we had to use a spoon to stir the stick out! ;-)


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