Hot Buttered Rum


Hot Buttered Rum

It has taken me years to figure out that hot buttered rum, what I consider the original hot toddy, at least in my life, does not exist outside of ski resorts.

I should know because if it’s winter time and we’re somewhere, anywhere cold, I ask the bartender if he makes hot buttered rum. After the quizzical reaction I know I’ll have to order something simpler.

Not that hot buttered rum is a challenging toddy to make. It isn’t. There’s even mix that can be purchased, although of course it’s most likely inferior to preparing the drink from scratch.

The drink, served hot, does indeed have rum and butter in it. But then it’s sweetened with brown sugar and spices.


Following is the hot buttered rum base so you can make a hot toddy to warm your frosty bits, whether you’re in an alpine setting or not! Then all you need is rum.


Hot Buttered Rum Mix

1 pound brown sugar
1/2 pound unsalted butter
1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
1 heaping teaspoon nutmeg, freshly ground

1 teaspoon ground allspice
1 tablespoon of vanilla powder, or use vanilla extract

Place all of the ingredients in a microwaveable bowl. Slowly and carefully melt the butter.
Alternatively, allow the butter to first come to room temperature and add the remaining ingredients.

Mix together well, beating until any lumps disappear.
The mix can be used immediately, or stored in the refrigerator for future use.

If you are crafty, unlike myself, you can place it in cute jars topped with cute ribbons, and give the mix away to friends along with the hot buttered rum recipe.

Here it is:

2 heaping tablespoons of the above mix
2-3 ounces dark, spicy, or clear rum
Boiling water


Place the mix and rum in a heatproof glass or cup.


Add the boiling water and stir well.


Serve with a cinnamon stick if desired.


note: This hot buttered rum might look a little muddier than if I’d used clear rum, but I really like Captain Morgan!

37 thoughts on “Hot Buttered Rum

  1. What a great idea for a gift (although I am not at all crafty myself either) – Phil likes hot buttered rum, every once in a while he will make some, but I think he kind of improvises the recipe.

    I need to show him your version!

    perfect indeed for a chilly evening. today for instance. Pretty cold here in KS…

  2. I never had a hot buttered rum tardy. It sounds so good, I will make one the next time I’m in the mountains. I love a good had tardy. We have one in northern Germany called Grog. It’s hot water rum and sugar. Prost!

  3. I tried buttered rum once too many years ago to mention and hated it. I very much doubt it was anything like yours here. I will definitely give yours a try. I’ve tasted the worst. It would be nice to try the best now.

  4. Now this sounds good but never having been in a ‘ski resort’ I’ve never come across it. We do however always have Captain Morgan in the house as for both my wife and myself it’s a preferred spirit. I’ll be concocting some but a reduced quantity to try.

    • When I was 14 we moved to Park City, Utah, which back then was an unknown ski resort area. My mother still lives there – in fact, we were just there visiting over Christmas, and there were all kinds of hot buttered rums and ciders on the menus. None of us ski!

  5. I’m about to die from the worst cold I’ve ever had. Maybe it’s the flu. I don’t know, but this hot boozer is well-timed. I just wish it weren’t virtual. GREG

  6. That sounds so good I can almost smell it! It must have an amazing aroma as it’s cooking. I do love how when you’re at the snow you can always get some sort of hot toddy to drink. I’ve never made hot buttered rum and did in fact wonder if there was actually any butter in it! I see there’s plenty xx

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