This homemade hot buttered rum mix is quick and easy to make and so much better than store bought. Warm spices are combined with brown sugar, butter and maple syrup for a perfect winter beverage. You can make a large batch in minutes to last you all season, or give some as gifts.
What can I say about hot buttered rum? Well, it’s spicy, it’s warm, and it’s delicious! I actually rarely drink alcohol, like so rarely that I still have 4 vodka sodas, out of a dozen, sitting in the fridge from 2 summers ago. But one drink I really enjoy is this one, hot buttered rum. Especially when it’s homemade.
I think it’s the spices that I love so much and how they invoke such a feeling of the holidays. This drink warms you up and it’s comforting, it is perfect for sipping on under a blanket on a chilly night.
This drink is a real winter treat, and it is so easy to prepare.
It all starts with homemade mix. The mix is traditionally made with a blend of butter, brown sugar, and spices. It is whipped into a batter, kind of like you are making cookies. Then you store it in jars and scoop out as much as you want to use.
I’ve added some maple syrup and vanilla to this recipe, which I find helps balance the flavours and makes it perfect.
To make it, you simply add a scoop of batter to a mug, add boiling water to melt the butter and sugar and then you add a splash, or more if you wish, of a good spiced rum. That’s all there is to it. So easy and so, so good!
HOW TO MAKE HOMEMADE HOT BUTTERED RUM MIX
There really isn’t much to this recipe, it is just so simple to make.
- Place the softened butter in a bowl and cream until fluffy
- Add the sugar, syrup and vanilla and beat until smooth
- Mix in the spices
- Transfer to an airtight container
I like to store the mix in small jars. The small jars are easy to store and they make great gifts too. Just tie a ribbon around it, add a tag or cinnamon stick and they are ready to go.
How should I serve hot buttered rum?
Serving hot buttered rum is just as easy as making it.
The nice thing about starting with a homemade mix is that you can use as much or as little as you like. Generally, I use about one tablespoon of mix, add about 12 ounces of boiling water, then add the rum. I usually add about 1 ounce of rum, but there will be no judgement from me if you want to use more.
Garnish with a cinnamon stick and sit back, relax and enjoy.
THINGS TO KNOW & HELPFUL TIPS
- Can I freeze this mix? Yes you can, it freezes very well. Simply place it in a freezer safe container and thaw before using.
- How long will this keep? If stored in the refrigerator, I’ve kept this for 6 months or more. If stored in the freezer, I’ve kept it over a year and it’s been just fine.
- Can I add different spices? Sure you can. This would be great with some ginger, or any other mulling type spice such as all-spice or even star anise.
- Do I have to add rum? No you don’t, this mix is delicious even with the rum, so you can enjoy it without and even make some for the kids.
- Do I have to use real butter? YES! This is one recipe where you should not substitute. Real butter is important, it’s what gives it its name and the creamy texture.
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Homemade Hot Buttered Rum Mix
- 1 Cup Butter softened
- 1 1/4 Cup Dark brown sugar packed
- 3 Tbsp Maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp Vanilla
- 2 tsp Ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp Fresh ground nutmeg
- 1/2 tsp Ground cloves
- In a medium bowl, cream the butter until it is soft and fluffy.
- Add the sugar, vanilla and maple syrup and beat for about 1 minute until smooth
- Mix in the spices
- Transfer mix to an airtight container