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Hot Buttered Rum – A Recipe For Chilly Winter Nights

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Hot Buttered Rum Recipe

Have You Ever . . .

Thrown some kernels in the air popper, walked away to grab a celebratory glass of wine, and then returned a few minutes later to realize that you forgot to put a bowl on the countertop? Bonus points if you find your pajama-clad kiddos hopping around in your snack while trying to toss it in each others mouths like seagulls.


In my pre-mama days, the holidays most often included a cocktail dress and a slow dance underneath the starry night sky. This year, though, Daddypotamus and I are sticking close to home: not eating popcorn off the floor, playing MASH to predict our future, attempting yoga poses we have absolutely no right to, and watching the fireworks our neighbors seem so fond of setting off.

Oh, and drinking this hot buttered rum courtesy of Kendahl from Our Nourishing Roots, because nothing says wouldn’t-change-a-thing like a full mug of buttered bliss!

Well, nothing except for maybe another creation from her book, Real Cocktails, a collection of  homemade alcoholic drink recipes made without dyes, artificial colors, or fake flavors. If you’ve ever wanted to learn how to make cocktail onions, cocktail olives, maraschino cherries, and brandied cherries . . .


Irish cream . . .

aromatic bitters (which are great for digestion) . . .


or hard lemonade, lacto-fermented root beer and cola now is your chance! Click here for more info on the book, or scroll down for the hot buttered rum recipe!

Hot Buttered Rum ~ A Recipe From Real Cocktails


  • 1 ounce organic dark rum or spiced rum*
  • 1 ounce organic light rum*
  • ½ ounce dark simple syrup  (see below for instructions) OR 1 tablespoon honey
  • hot spiced cider, below (see below for instructions)
  • 1 tablespoon spiced butter, below (see below for instructions)
  • cinnamon stick, for stirring and garnish

*Alcohol may be contaminated with GMO’s via the grains used or the enzymes used to ferment it. For that reason I always buy organic. Here are some safe brand suggestions from Tree Hugger.


Warm the spiced cider in a saucepan. Add the rum and syrup to a large goblet or mug, then fill the rest of the cup with spiced cider. Stir with the cinnamon stick until the butter is melted, then garnish with the cinnamon stick.

* 5 Minute Dark Simple Syrup



  1. Boil the water over high heat, then pour in the whole cane sugar and stir until dissolved, less than 5 minutes.
  2. Pour into a pint glass jar, cap tightly, and let cool completely. Dark simple syrup lasts several weeks in the refrigerator.

 ** How To Make Spiced Cider



  • 1 gallon fresh apple cider, preferably local and unpasteurized (or you can make it at home with a food processor!)
  • 8 cinnamon sticks
  • 5 star anise
  • 12 cloves
  • 8 allspice berries, cracked
  • 5 cardamom pods, cracked


Simmer all the ingredients together over low heat for at least 2 hours. Strain the solids from the cider and serve in mugs with a cinnamon stick as a functional garnish that doubles as a stirring stick.

***Easy Spiced Butter



  • 1 pound butter, softened
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ cup whole cane sugar


In a glass mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients together until well combined.


Want more? Click here to get Real Cocktails!


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19 Responses to Hot Buttered Rum – A Recipe For Chilly Winter Nights

  1. Jessica says:

    So, my question isn’t about buttered rum, but about your air popper…what kind do you have? I’ve been thinking about getting one for a while and want to make sure I choose wisely! :)

    • Heather says:

      Hi Jessica! I wish I had wisdom to offer on this, but we actually have a really old one that isn’t sold anymore. I’ve heard there are some out there that have stainless steel housing, though. Would you like me to ask around on my FB page?

    • Bebe says:

      Have you ever tried a WhirlyPop? It’s a stovetop popper with a pair of metal arms that sweep around the bottom to keep kernels from scorching and keep you from having to shake the pan. You can use with or without oil. We love to pop ours in coconut oil and you can also make your own kettle corn by adding a little salt and sugar!

  2. Bebe says:

    Hi Heather… I just bought the cocktails e-book. What a great resource! I’ve been looking for a recipe for homemade worcestershire for ages. This is going to be fun!

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  4. Jennifer Holdridge Black via FB says:

    Trisha Strohm.

  5. Megan Stoiber via FB says:

    Allison Faith Horton, in case you were still looking for a recipe.

  6. Kristiina O'Brien DiOrio via FB says:

    Pam Rieth O’Brien!

  7. Unsinkable Molly S Ringer via FB says:

    I made some for thanksgiving, it was delish

  8. Maia says:

    Where do you buy the rum? They don’t sell it at the ABC’s in North Carolina :(

  9. Mae Anne Antonio via FB says:

    That got way too many steps between me and enjoying a cocktail….

  10. FrankandTina Ortega via FB says:

    Way too much work. LOL. Where do you find organic rum?

  11. Becca Bussert via FB says:

    Stephanie & Stephanie I bet you would like this!

  12. Teresa Louis-Tomlinson via FB says:

    I like to mix some spices in a glass, pour some boiling water over it, let it steep for a bit, add some rum, a spoon full of coconut oil and some coconut sugar…It tastes great!

  13. Maggie Goodman Russell via FB says:

    mmm..I’m ready for mine…Ill be over in a Minute!

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  15. Dawn Armstrong says:

    Is there lower glycemic index sweetener you would recommend for the simple syrup and succeed butter? Thank you for any suggestions!

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