Everyday Meals

Chef John's Hot Buttered Rum


  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • ½ cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 pinch ground cloves
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 6 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 ⅛ cups dark rum
  • 4 ½ cups boiling water, or as needed
  • ⅛ teaspoon ground nutmeg, or to taste
  • Directions

  • Step 1

    Place butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, cardamom, clove, and salt for batter into a mixing bowl and cream together with a spatula until well combined.


  • Step 2

    To make the drink, place about 2 tablespoons of the batter into a festive, heat-proof mug. Add 1 tablespoon cream, 3 tablespoons rum, and fill halfway up with some of the boiling water. Stir with a spoon until the batter dissolves and top off more water. Garnish with a pinch of nutmeg. Repeat until all 6 drinks are prepared and serve immediately.

  • Chef's Notes:

    Batter can be used immediately or rolled into a log in plastic wrap and refrigerated until needed.

    If you’d prefer to use white rum, go ahead.

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