Hot buttered rum

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Hot buttered rum
Hot buttered rum.jpg
Hot buttered rum in a mug
TypeMixed drink
Standard drinkware
Coffee cup
Commonly used ingredientsRum, butter, hot water or cider, sweetener and spices

Hot buttered rum is a mixed drink containing rum, butter, hot water or cider, a sweetener, and various spices (usually cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves). It is especially popular in the fall and winter and is traditionally associated with the holiday season. In the United States, the drink has a venerable history which dates back to colonial days.[1]

In How to Mix Drinks: Or, The Bon-vivant's Companion,[2] mid-19th-century bartender Jerry Thomas provides two recipes (No. 207 and 208, p. 80) for hot rum drinks. The first is called Hot Spiced Rum. The recipe calls for sugar, Jamaica rum, cloves, allspice, butter, and hot water. The second is simply called Hot Rum, and the recipe is the same as for Hot Spiced Rum but omits the spices. In their stead a bit of nutmeg is grated over the top of the drink.

A close-up view of hot buttered rum

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  1. ^ "Questions of readers answered". Hartford Courant. 1939-02-05. |access-date= requires |url= (help)
  2. ^ Thomas, Jerry, "How to Mix Drinks: Or, the Bon-Vivant's Companion", New York: Dick & Fitzgerald, 1862. 263 pages. available via