Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

There are many ways to make this classic winter drink. Using brown sugar is traditional, but maple syrup is awfully nice, too. Stirring in the butter with a cinnamon stick while you slowly sip the drink makes for a cozy ritual, but if the sight of a floating lump of butter disturbs you, add the butter earlier in the process, with the sugar—it’ll melt faster. You can also make the drink sweeter (add more sugar) or spicier (substitute spiced rum for dark rum), or both, to your taste.
  • Total:
  • Serves: 1 person



  1. Step 1

    In a mug or heat-proof glass, stir 1/4 cup of the very hot water with the dark brown sugar until the sugar dissolves. Add the rum. Fill the glass with the remaining hot water.
  2. Step 2

    Float the pat of butter on top and stir it into the drink using the cinnamon stick.