Hot Buttered Rum

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Hot Buttered Rum
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  • Prep 15 min
  • Total 15 min
  • Servings 24
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This warm and toasty cocktail might stir up memories of cozy winter nights gone by—when the smell of fresh-baked gingerbread filled the air and the twinkling tree lit up the room. And really, it’s no wonder why, hot buttered rum is practically Christmas in a cup! With the combination of butter, brown sugar, whipping cream, powdered sugar, cinnamon and cloves—it’s as decadent as any holiday dessert. But much simpler, even if it does call for making a batter, which incidentally is the key to this rich and creamy recipe. With a well-seasoned batter mixed up, all that’s left is pouring it into your prettiest serving glasses or mugs and mixing in a bit of boiling water. For an impressive finish, top each glass with a grate of fresh nutmeg. Oh, did we mention, this recipe yields 24 serving and can be prepped ahead? That makes it the perfect party drink, don’t you think?
Updated Dec 10, 2019


Hot Buttered Rum Batter:

  • 1 cup butter or margarine, softened
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 cup whipping (heavy) cream
  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

Have ready at serving time:

  • 2 tablespoons rum
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • Ground nutmeg


  • 1
    Beat butter and brown sugar in medium bowl with electric mixer on medium speed about 5 minutes or until light and fluffy. Beat in whipping cream and powdered sugar alternately on low speed until smooth. Stir in cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • 2
    Use immediately, or spoon into 1-quart freezer container. Cover, label and freeze up to 3 months.
  • 3
    For each serving, place rum and 2 tablespoons Hot Buttered Rum Batter in mug. Stir in boiling water. Sprinkle with nutmeg.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Prepare the batter ahead of time, and tuck it away in your freezer. Or for individual servings, freeze 2 tablespoons batter in each section of ice-cube trays; when frozen, place cubes in freezer bag.
  • tip 2
    If you're having a large party, avoid congestion by placing drinks at one table and appetizers at another. If using disposable dishes, place wastebaskets throughout the house. Or if using regular dishes and glasses, place trays throughout the house and have someone frequently empty them of dirty dishes.
  • tip 3
    If you love the warming flavors in this hot buttered rum recipe, you’ll love our Best-Ever Chewy Gingerbread Cookies. Serve them alongside this winter-y beverage as a tasty holiday snack!


180 Calories, 11g Total Fat, 0g Protein, 20g Total Carbohydrate

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories from Fat
Total Fat
Saturated Fat
Total Carbohydrate
Dietary Fiber
% Daily Value*:
2 Fat;
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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