Recipe: Hot Buttered Rum

Christmasy drinks can be a little intimidating … at least by name.  I mean, who decided to call a creamy nutmeg treat egg nog or delicious apple cinnamon goodness hot buttered rum?  (What is a nog anyway?)  Well … as scary as the name “hot buttered rum” is, it adheres to the cardinal rule of life (or at least Paula Deen’s rule): adding butter makes it better.  Unfortunately the name isn’t an misnomer.

I found myself in Plano recently and happened into Holy Grail Pub.  Our waitress hardly finished saying the whole phrase “hot buttered rum” before I yelled that I’d have one.  After two sips I demanded the recipe and she nicely obliged.  I whipped up HALF a batch for a recent holiday party, and, even though it wasn’t even a tad cold outside (what the heck’s up with this weather?!), it was the first to run out.  (I’ve also had three attendees ask for the recipe, so I thought posting it was easier.)

HOT BUTTERED RUM (recipe from Holy Grail Pub in Plano)
1 gallon unfiltered apple cider (I really love the cider at Trader Joe’s)
2 Gala apples, cored & sliced 1/16” thick
2 Bartlett pears, cored & sliced 1/16” thick
3 oz fresh ginger root, peeled & sliced thin
4 cinnamon sticks
1 teaspoon allspice
1/2 teaspoon ground cloves
3/4 cup brown sugar
3 cups Sailor Jerry spiced rum
1/2 cup butter

Mix all ingredients in a HUGE saucepan.  Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer.  Simmer for at least 30 minutes.  Serve warm and garnish with an apple or pear slice and cinnamon stick.
(Makes a whole lot.)

Some quick tips when making this:

  • plan ahead on the size of your saucepan (it really makes more than you expect)
  • if you’re using a beverage dispenser, strain out the solids before you put it in as it’ll clog the nozzle
  • make this ahead of time … it’ll make your house smell ah-mazing

If you’re not into butter in your drinks or making giant batches of drinks, here’s a simpler version that you can spice up as much as you’d like.

2 parts apple cider
1 part spiced rum
1 dash cinnamon

Mix, warm, and add the following ingredients as desired: apple slices, pear slices, fresh orange juice, orange bitters, cinnamon sticks, more rum


Check out more winter cocktail recipes on my recipes page!