Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum
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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 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 time: 5 min
Cook time: 10 min
Ready in: 15 min
Yields: Serves 2 people
Appleton Estate (Reserve) Rum
Appleton Estate (Reserve) Rum | Source

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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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

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

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shin_rocka04 4 years ago from Maryland

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.

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Janis, Most definitely :)

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Janis Goad 4 years ago

Great in cold weather to sip by the fire!

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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

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

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Judi Bee 4 years ago from UK

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

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

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

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rebeccamealey 5 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

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

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Daffy, Might be :)

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Daffy Duck 5 years ago from Cornelius, Oregon

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

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

Hi Sue, It sure is :)

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Sueswan 5 years ago

Hi Susan,

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

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

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

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PDXKaraokeGuy 5 years ago from Juneau, Alaska

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

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barbergirl28 5 years ago from Hemet, Ca

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

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Erika Jauch Irby 5 years ago from Dunedin, FL

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

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

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

Take care and have a great day.

Take care


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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

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

Thanks for sharing, voting up/useful

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Cloverleaf 5 years ago from Calgary, AB, Canada

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 :-)


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prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

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

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always exploring 5 years ago from Southern Illinois

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

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Cardisa 5 years ago from Jamaica

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.

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Snurre 5 years ago

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

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Dave Mathews 5 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

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

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joanwz 5 years ago from Katy, Texas

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.

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GmaGoldie 5 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

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.


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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

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 :)

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daniellehorgan 5 years ago

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

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Austinstar 5 years ago from Somewhere in the universe

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!

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

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!

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Hyphenbird 5 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

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.

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

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.

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theseattlegirl 5 years ago from Seattle, WA

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!

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada Author

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.

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ThoughtSandwiches 5 years ago from Reno, Nevada


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?

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livelonger 5 years ago from San Francisco

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.

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Wesman Todd Shaw 5 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

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!

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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

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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