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Homemade Hot Buttered Rum Mix

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.

Hot buttered rum in mugs with a bottle of rum garnished with nutmeg and cinnamon.
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Hot buttered rum is a drink that is spicy, it’s warm, and delicious.

I actually rarely drink alcohol, but one drink I enjoy on occasion is this one. Especially when it is homemade.

The warm spices 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.

Homemade hot buttered rum batter is such a treat and you can adjust the spices to suit your tastes.

When stored in a jar and decorated with a pretty ribbon it makes a great holiday gift or stocking stuffer. Everyone loves receiving something homemade.

This recipe makes a nice size batch, about 2 cups of mix. So you should be able to get 2 to 4 jars, depending on the size you choose.

Three mugs of hot buttered rum garnished with cinnamon sticks.

Why this recipe works

This homemade hot buttered rum batter requires just a few ingredients and is so easy to prepare.

Because it makes such a large batch it is much cheaper than any store bought version and it is so much better.

There is no cooking required. It is simply whipped into a batter. Then you store it in jars and scoop out as much as you want to use.

To serve 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 good spiced rum.

This hot buttered rum mix makes a great gift. Simply add some to a nice jar and decorate it with a cinnamon stick and some pretty ribbon. I usually attach a little card with the instructions to make the drink.

Hot buttered rum mix in a jar decorated with cinnamon sticks and curly red ribbon.


The ingredients you will need to make this hot buttered rum batter are:

  • Butter – Real butter! It will make a difference to the overall taste.
  • Dark brown sugar – The dark brown sugar will give this a much richer flavour than light brown or golden sugar.
  • Maple syrup – Just like the butter, make sure you use real maple syrup.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Nutmeg – I always grate my own, but you can use ground.
  • Cinnamon
  • Ground Cloves

If you are vegan or dairy free, you can go ahead and swap the real butter for your favourite vegan version. While real butter is traditionally used, and what this drink is named after, there are always exceptions to the rule and the need for substitutions.

Ingredients for Hot buttered rum mix.

Step by Step Instructions

There really isn’t much to this recipe, it is just so simple to make.

One – Place soften butter in a bowl, beat until creamy then add the sugar and beat until well mixed. Then add the spices, vanilla and maple syrup.

Two – Beat well until fluffy and well blended.

Transfer to air tight containers for storage.

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.

Process photos showing how to make hot buttered rum batter.

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, 12 ounces of boiling water, and one ounce of spiced rum. But there will be no judgement from me if you want to use more rum!

Garnish with a cinnamon stick and sit back, relax and enjoy.

Rum being poured into a mug of hot buttered rum mix.

Top Tips & FAQS

Can I freeze hot buttered rum batter?

Yes you can, it freezes very well. Simply place it in a freezer safe container and thaw before using.

How long will hot buttered rum mix 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.

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Overhead view of hot buttered rum in mugs garnished with cinnamon sticks beside a poinsettia.


Hot buttered rum drink with a cinnamon stick

Homemade Hot Buttered Rum Mix

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.
4.86 from 14 votes
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 32 1-Tbsp Servings
Calories: 91kcal
Author: Deanna


  • 1 Cup Salted Butter softened
  • 1 ¼ Cup Dark brown sugar packed
  • 3 tablespoon Real maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Vanilla extract
  • 2 teaspoon Ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon Fresh ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon 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


Serving: 1tablespoon | Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 53mg | Potassium: 17mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 177IU | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutritional information is based on third-party calculations and should be considered estimates. Actual nutritional content will vary with brands used, measuring methods, portion sizes and more.

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Monday 9th of January 2023

How much rum do you add to the 1tbsl of mix?


Tuesday 10th of January 2023

As mentioned in the post, I usually add about 1 ounce. However, this is really up to the person drinking it and how strong they like their drinks. You can add as much or little as you like.


Thursday 15th of December 2022

I made this last year for myself, but this year, I'm gifting it out to friends with mini bottles of rum! Such a fun and easy idea.


Wednesday 5th of January 2022

Can I use corn syrup instead of maple syrup?


Thursday 6th of January 2022

The maple syrup is used in this recipe for the maple flavour. If you don't have any, or simply don't like maple syrup, I would just leave it out. No need to replace it.


Saturday 25th of December 2021

This is amazing! I have tried other blends but the maple syrup makes this a keeper.


Monday 27th of December 2021

So glad to hear you enjoyed it. I agree, the maple syrup is what makes it so delicious.

Wendy Leal

Monday 22nd of November 2021

I just made this and oh my! It is delicious! Hubby said it's a winner! 😊 I sell Tupperware and the whole batch fit into our small freezer container. This will make a great 🎁! I shared this recipe with my team too!


Tuesday 23rd of November 2021

Thank you for the review! I'm so glad you enjoyed it, I actually had a mug last night. Great news about fitting in your container, and thanks for sharing with your team.