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Hot Buttered Rum

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Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

Rum for Colds

With the cold and flu season about to begin I will be stocking up on Kleenex and rum. Yes rum. I found the following drink recipe in my handy dandy bartenders guide. Whenever my husband or I get a really bad cold, you know the kind where you cannot seem to get a good nights sleep, where you're tossing and turning all night long. Drink this about an hour before bedtime and I promise you that you’ll sleep like a baby.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

5 min

10 min

15 min

Serves 2 people

Appleton Estate (Reserve) Rum

Appleton Estate (Reserve) Rum

What you will need for Hot Buttered Rum

Ingredients for two large mugs

  • 4 oz. dark rum (I use Appleton Estate Jamaican Rum but any dark rum will do the trick)
  • 16 oz. or 2 cups of apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 -12 whole cloves
  • 1 oz. of lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. butter
  • 1 medium saucepan
  • 2 large mugs

Instructions for Making a Hot Buttered Rum

  1. In a medium sized saucepan pour in your apple cider and lemon juice.
  2. Add the cloves and cinnamon sticks bringing to a boil.
  3. Pour into a large coffee mug through a strainer to catch the cloves and cinnamon sticks.
  4. Add the rum, top with butter and place one cinnamon stick into each mug.
  5. Sit, sip, relax and enjoy your “Hot Buttered Rum”.

Of course you do not need to have a cold to drink this yummy beverage as it can be enjoyed at anytime of year, whether you are feeling sick or well.

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© 2011 Susan Zutautas


Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 05, 2017:

Hi Peg, It's very good :) Thanks and hope that you enjoy the hot buttered rum.

Peg Cole from North Dallas, Texas on October 04, 2017:

Oh my! This recipe makes me wish for winter to enjoy this delicious sounding hot drink. Have to give this one a try.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 17, 2012:

shin_rock, Always nice to meet another person that likes Hot Buttered Rum :)

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shin_rocka04 from Maryland on December 17, 2012:

This is definitely a great drink around winter. I never used Appleton with it but I already know the great flavor notes of Appleton would turn the Hot Buttered Rum up a few notches.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 06, 2012:

Janis, Most definitely :)

Janis Goad on October 05, 2012:

Great in cold weather to sip by the fire!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 05, 2012:

Judi, Hope this helps and that you're feeling better soon.

Judi Brown from UK on October 05, 2012:

Cold season arrived in my house yesterday evening! This is absolutely perfect - bless you :D

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 16, 2011:

rebecca, Hope that you enjoy this recipe and thank you.

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on October 15, 2011:

Yummm! As I have recently moved to North Georgia from further south I may need to try that one. Sounds warming. Thanks!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 15, 2011:

Daffy, Might be :)

Daffy Duck from Cornelius, Oregon on October 14, 2011:

Maybe you can bottle that and put it on shelves. It would be a hell of a seller.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 14, 2011:

Hi Sue, It sure is :)

Sueswan on October 14, 2011:

Hi Susan,

Even if one is not sick, this is the perfect drink for warming up on a cold winter's night.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 12, 2011:

Thanks everyone for all of the comments. So glad to see that we all have a love for rum:)

Justin W Price from Juneau, Alaska on October 12, 2011:

well, i do love Hot buttered rum. Thanks for sharing :-)

Stacy Harris from Hemet, Ca on October 10, 2011:

Bookmarked for sure... not because I have a cold, but because I love rum!!!! :) Can't wait to try this!

Erika Jauch Irby from Dunedin, FL on October 10, 2011:

I cannot wait until it gets colder here in FL so I can try this without breaking into a sweat!

Eiddwen from Wales on October 10, 2011:

I am sure many will benefit from reading this very useful hub.

Take care and have a great day.

Take care


Movie Master from United Kingdom on October 07, 2011:

I can't wait for the flu, I think this needs testing now...

Thanks for sharing, voting up/useful

Louise from Calgary, AB, Canada on October 07, 2011:

I loved your hub so much that I've added a link to it from my hub "The Common Cold: How to Feel Better" - I just know that I'll be needing to refer to your recipe when the cold and flu season hits! Thanks, Susan!

Voting up/useful :-)


prasetio30 from malang-indonesia on October 07, 2011:

It sound delicious. Thanks to add apple cider and share this recipe with us. Have a good day!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on October 06, 2011:

Rum and coke will have to take a back seat, buttered rum sounds better. I feel a cold coming on, you know, the sniffles.LOL...Cheers

Carolee Samuda from Jamaica on October 06, 2011:

Susan, you will find any excuse to drink the Jamaican run...admit it!......LOL

The white rum does the trick for us too, but it is very strong.

Snurre on October 06, 2011:

Oh yeah! Sounds perfect for the coming cold Russian winter!

Dave Mathews from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA on October 06, 2011:

Though I am a tea-toteller, this sounds yummie. Thanks for the hint.

Joan Whetzel on October 06, 2011:

I have found a similar recipe, and I find it equally effective for colds - maybe not for curing the cold, but at least speeding up the recovery. This sounds like a delicisous recipe.

Kelly Kline Burnett from Madison, Wisconsin on October 06, 2011:

Just Ask Susan,

I have never made this at home but it has been on my list. Will be sure to try it this cold winter.


Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 06, 2011:

Hyphenbird, Horehound candy sticks, now that is something I am going to have to go and look up as I've never heard of these before. Not sure that this is a medicine but it is good whether you have a cold or not :)

RH, I know that you're just kidding about giving this to the girls...right ? LOL

Austinstar, It's good even if it's not cold out :)

daniellehorgan, Hope you enjoy it :)

daniellehorgan on October 05, 2011:

Oh yum!! This sounds delicious! I'll definitely have to try this once it gets a little colder!

Lela from Somewhere near the heart of Texas on October 05, 2011:

Whoa! I'm going to try this whenever the next 'coolish' spell comes to Texas. Someone said it might actually rain this weekend. That calls for a celebration!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on October 05, 2011:

Susan - just in time! The girls have colds and I am positive this will do the trick! Haha!

Seriously it looks YUM and I'm going to try it with or without a cold!

Brenda Barnes from America-Broken But Still Beautiful on October 05, 2011:

Medicine that tastes this good will have people lining up to claim a cold. This causes me to remember my dad. He would have his "cough syrup" which was horehound candy sticks melted into a 5th of liquor. He went through a bottle a week or so! What a great Hub. I may purchase rum tomorrow.

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 05, 2011:

theseattlegirl, Not sure if it will help with the cold but will help him sleep. Hope that he is feeling better soon. Thanks for the vote and for stopping by for this recipe.

Shelly on October 05, 2011:

Talk about timely. Husband has a nasty cold and I've been running out of ideas to help soothe his stuffy nose and head.

Even my ginger lemon tea wasn't cutting it!

I think I'll try your recipe tonight and see if that makes a difference for him. I wonder if unsweetened apple cider with a little honey might be better for his throat, too.

Anyhow, voted up and rated useful. What a great article!

Susan Zutautas (author) from Ontario, Canada on October 05, 2011:

Tina, As you can see we have already been into the rum and need to restock. Thanks for the vote and hope you enjoy this nice warm drink.

Todd, I am usually a beer and wine drinker myself but these hot buttered rums are great in the fall and winter.

livelonger, The butter just melts and floats. I've always added the butter as it gives it a nice buttery flavor.

ThoughtSandwiches, Sure my tub just happens to be empty right now. But you do realize that I live about 3000 miles away from you, give or take a few miles. I have been meaning to come by and finish reading your latest hub. While reading it I got called away but I will be back. It looks hilarious.

ThoughtSandwiches from Reno, Nevada on October 05, 2011:


I love hot buttered Rum...if it was socially acceptable...I would sit in a bathtub filled with the stuff while sipping at it through a crazy straw.

The roommates, however, pointed out that is was not socially acceptable and left-over residue butter made it slippery for the next person.

That said...your hub has given me a reason to (slightly) like the upcoming cold weather...but only if I can be passed out drunk in a bathtub filled with hot buttered rum...Oh hey....could I use your tub per chance?

Jason Menayan from San Francisco on October 05, 2011:

Interesting - I've never tried this before. How does the butter exactly work? Does it float as droplets at the surface? At any rate, I can easily imagine that this can warm a tummy on a cold night.

Wesman Todd Shaw from Kaufman, Texas on October 05, 2011:

I think you are so cool - though I have a hard time drinking liquor, if we have the kind of deep freeze this Winter as we had last, then I think this could be just the sort of new treat that I could learn to appreciate!

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on October 05, 2011:

The buttered rum sounds like a great tips! I hate those nights when I can´t sleep because of a cold. And this sounds tasty too so I think I will try it in advance even if I don't have a cold! Thanks Susan, bookmarked and voted up!


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