Clinking of glasses marks a joyous occasion. Hot buttered rum also came into existence this way only. It is believed that the time before the American Revolution, no holiday celebration was complete without people lifting up glasses of hot buttered rum. This beverage is a delightful concoction of butter, rum, hot water or cider, sweetener with spices such as nutmeg, cinnamon and cloves. This beverage is mostly enjoyed in the United States as it is seen as preferable to combat the harsh chilly weather of fall and winter. The practice of heating the drink became a regular regime in the States.

Hot buttered rum has an interesting history that dates back to the 1650s. During this colonial era, Jamaica began importing molasses to America. The colonizers who came from England slowly set up their roots in America and named it as New England, where they gradually started opening distilleries to make rum. The immense production of rum paved the way for various traditional American beverages like toddies, nogs, eggnog including the hot buttered rum. This unique beverage packs a lot of history as it forms an important part of the whole colonization period. This factor also made the hot buttered rum a national beverage which is observed every year on January 17th.

Hot buttered rum is mostly prepared with dark rum which is mixed with the butter. In this recipe dark rum is preferable because this kind of rum is stored for a long period of time which enhances the flavour of the drink. You can also try making this beverage at home. It only needs a few elements and a couple of minutes to put together. So, here’s the recipe for traditional hot buttered rum.


  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 3 cups water
  • ¼ cup unsalted butter
  • ½ cup light brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1 tsp nutmeg, freshly grated
  • 4-5 ground cloves
  • A pinch of salt


1. In a saucepan add water, butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt then bring it to a boil over medium heat.

2. When it comes to a boil, lower the flame and lightly whisk it for 8-10 minutes in regular intervals.

3. Turn off the flame. Then add rum while stirring the concoction continuously.

That’s it, your piping hot buttered rum is ready for slurping.