Hot Buttered Rum Cocktail

If you’re entertaining outdoors this fall, try making a hot cocktail! It’s the perfect way to warm up and celebrate the season. With Halloween just around the corner, I decided to try this hot buttered rum recipe:


The recipe comes from one of my favorite cocktail books, Winter Cocktails, by expert mixologist Maria Del Mar Sacasa. Here’s what you will need…

6 ounces dark rum
3 cups hot water

Vanilla Bean Butter:
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temp
1 vanilla bean pod, seeds scraped
1 1/2 tablespoons packed dark brown sugar
Pinch of salt
Pinch of ground cinnamon and/or mace


For the Drinks:
Stir together rum and water. Place 1 tablespoon Vanilla Bean Butter in each of 4 warmed cups. Pour rum into cups. Garnish with cinnamon and serve.

For the Vanilla Bean Butter:
Vigorously mix ingredients together in a medium bowl. Set aside until ready to use. If making in advance, store in a small bowl wrapped in plastic, refrigerate, and then return to room temperature before using.

The butter may sound like an odd addition, but it brings a silky quality to the drink. You’ve got to try it! The book has a lot of great cool and cold weather recipes; if you’re interested in buying it, you can find it here. Let me know what you think of the hot buttered rum!

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  1. I can’t wait to try this!

    1. It’s pretty great! Come over and I’ll make you one :) I have ingredients left over.

  2. I need one of these for my throat. For medicinal purposes only ;)

    1. Yes- you should probably have two! Hope you’re feeling better :)