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Hot Buttered Rum Recipe

Ready to combine that flavor of rum with a little bit of sweetness as well? This simple Hot Buttered Rum Recipe is EXACTLY what you need. This delicious rum cocktail makes the perfect amount for two! (or keep the extra as a refill for your second glass!)

It’s safe to say that a creamy hot buttered rum can fix all the world’s problems – or at least try. Made using a little bit of brown sugar, herbs, and a dash (or two) or rum, this drink is festive, fun, and delicious. Serve it up in a mason jar to give it a totally cool vibe!

Stock up on butter the next time you’re at the store because this hot butter rum drink is all you’re going to be thinking about. We always say it’s good to have all the needed ingredients on hand when the craving hits!

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Why You’ll Love this Hot Buttered Rum Recipe

  • The butter flavor is addictive (in a great way!)
  • Rum pairs perfectly with brown sugar and butter (who knew?!)
  • Drinking out of a jar is just a must-do for cocktails
  • This simple butter rum recipe is fast and easy to make – it literally takes just a few minutes!

All you need is a microwave and a handful of simple ingredients to get started. A drink this good can’t be ignored.

This classic rum cocktail is the perfect way to cheers to the weekend and relax.

Ingredients for a creamy buttered rum cocktail.

Hot Buttered Rum Ingredients

  • Brown sugar
  • Unsalted butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground nutmeg
  • Ground cloves
  • Vanilla extract
  • Hot water
  • Dark rum
  • Whipped topping

Tools Needed

Stirring Spoon

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Microwave Safe Glass Container

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Mason Jar for Serving

Ball Glass 389579 Pint Regular Mouth Mason, 2 Count (Pack of 1), Clear
  • 2-Regular Mouth glass preserving Mason Jar. 2-Regular Mouth Lids. 2-Regular Mouth Bands.

How To Make A Buttered Rum Cocktail

  1. Start by placing the brown sugar and butter in a microwavable safe container and microwave for 1 minute.
  2. Next, whisk in spices and vanilla. 
  3. In Mason Jar, combine two tablespoons of the batter with 2/3 cup hot water and stir. Then add in rum and stir again. 
  4. Top with whipped topping and cinnamon.

What Does A Hot Buttered Rum Taste Like?

It’s literally like a warm hug in a glass. It’s sweet and delicious, creamy and smooth. The added topping of whipped cream (which is optional) gives it an extra layer of fun as well.

Some describe it as a butterscotch type taste or a hint light caramel.


Add more toppings – Why not? Sprinkling on some shaved chocolate or even some mini chocolate chips could be a great idea for more sweetness.

Make a different flavor – Making a Butterscotch Hot Buttered Rum sounds pretty good! Just drizzle on a bit of syrup on top and create a new taste.

Change up the garnish – Cinnamon is great but you can also do nutmeg, brown sugar, or even a mixture of cinnamon and sugar right on top.

Add syrups– Try a dash or two of our Homemade Pumpkin Spice Syrup or our DIY Apple Crisp Syrup.

Mason Jar Cup with drink and whipped cream in it on a black and white dish towel.

Tips & Tricks

  • Use a whisk when stirring so you get out all the lumps.
  • Drink immediately once served since this is supposed to be enjoyed warm!
  • Leftovers are never as good as the fresh and real deal so have a mindset that once you make it, you’re gong to drink it all or have friends to share it with.

What Alcohol Goes In Hot Buttered Rum?

Honestly, the best and only choice is going to be rum. People have tried with others but the rum is the star of the show each and every time. Why mess with perfection?

Can You Use Spiced Rum In This Drink?

You bet! Hot Buttered Spice Rum is totally a thing! If you have it, use it! Share with us what you think of this exciting variation in the comments below.

Cocktail in a jar sitting on a towel.

Is This Drink Recipe The Same As An Old Fashioned Hot Buttered Rum Drink?

It’s similar. We spruce ours up with the whipped cream on top but you can totally leave that off if you’d like!

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Hot butter rum in a jar with whipped topping sitting on a black and white towel.

Hot Buttered Rum Recipe

Mason Jar Recipe
This simple rum cocktail is fast and delicious. Perfect winter drink for two!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Course Drinks
Cuisine American
Servings 2 servings


For the Mix:

  • cup brown sugar
  • 1 stick butter, unsalted
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

For the Cocktail:

  • cup hot water
  • 2 Tablespoons batter
  • 2 ounces dark rum
  • whipped topping optional topping
  • cinnamon optional topping


  • Start by placing the brown sugar and butter in a microwavable safe container and microwave for 1 minute.
  • Next, whisk in spices and vanilla.
  • In Mason Jar, combine two tablespoons of the batter with 2/3 cup hot water and stir. Then add in rum and stir again.
  • Top with whipped topping and cinnamon.
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