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A Sweet and Spicy Recipe for Hot Buttered Rum

By Alison Needham |

Hands-On Time: 5 min
Ready In: 5 min
Yield: 1

A hot mug of rum has been served to warm a soul ever since rum made its way to the New World. This gently spiced version is the perfect drink on a cold winter’s night. Serve it while you trim the tree, or after you return from a day of skating, sledding, or skiing. Top with freshly whipped cream, stir with a cinnamon stick, and sip … by a roaring fire, of course.


2 ounces butter
1/2 ounce simple syrup
3 ounces apple cider, heated
2 teaspoons salted butter
3 ounces water, boiling
cinnamon sticks
freshly whipped cream
grated nutmeg


Simple syrup is very easy to prepare. Place equal parts sugar and water in a small saucepan and heat until sugar is dissolved. The mixture lasts a week or so in the fridge. You can also heat the mixture in the microwave.

1. Equally divide the rum, simple syrup, and the cider between two Irish coffee mugs or other mugs.
2. Place 1 teaspoon of butter in each mug. Pour the boiling water equally between the two mugs and stir to combine.
3. Garnish with the cinnamon sticks and top with whipped cream and a pinch of nutmeg. Serve immediately.

Find more recipes from Alison Needham at her blog: A Girl Defloured

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About Alison Needham


Alison Needham

Alison Needham is a recipe developer and food blogger living with Celiac disease who contributed to the Food channel at Babble. More of her work can be found on her personal website, A Girl Defloured.

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