Butter Rum Cocktail Recipe

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Nic Polotnianko

I fell in love with the art of mixology 6 years ago. Since then, I've honed my skills, crafting a myriad of cocktail recipes, and sharing my passion with other enthusiasts.

Last Updated: January 7, 2024


The Butter Rum cocktail has its origins in the Caribbean, where rum has been produced for centuries. This warm, comforting drink is perfect for cold winter nights and has been enjoyed by sailors, pirates, and rum enthusiasts alike.

  • The drink is believed to have been created by British sailors who mixed rum with butter and spices to create a warming beverage during long voyages.
  • Buttered rum gained popularity in colonial America, where it became a staple drink during the winter months.
  • Today, the Butter Rum cocktail is enjoyed worldwide and has inspired many variations and adaptations.

How Butter Rum Tastes?

The Butter Rum cocktail is a rich, creamy, and indulgent drink with a smooth, buttery texture. The sweetness of the rum is balanced by the warmth of the spices, creating a deliciously complex flavor profile.

Interesting facts about Butter Rum

  • The Butter Rum cocktail is sometimes referred to as a 'Hot Buttered Rum' when served warm.
  • The drink can be made with various types of rum, including dark, spiced, or aged rum.
  • The addition of butter to the cocktail not only adds a rich, creamy texture but also helps to temper the alcohol's heat.


  • Dark rum: 2 oz(60ml)
  • Unsalted butter: 1 tbsp
  • Brown sugar: 1 tbsp
  • Hot water: 3 oz(90ml)
  • Cinnamon: 1 pinch
  • Nutmeg: 1 pinch
  • Cloves: 1 pinch

Dark Rum

  • Why 2 oz?: It's the star of the show! This amount gives the cocktail its boozy kick without overpowering the other flavors.
  • The role: It provides a deep, molasses sweetness and a hint of tropical warmth that's essential.
  • No rum, no fun: Without it, you're just sipping sweetened butter water. As an alternative, bourbon could give a different kind of sweetness and a smoky twist.

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Unsalted Butter

  • Why 1 Tbsp?: Just enough to get that silky texture and rich flavor.
  • Butter is better: It adds body and a creamy, melt-in-your-mouth feel. Skip it and you'll miss the 'butter' in Butter Rum!
  • Substitutes: In a pinch, a high-fat coconut oil might work for a dairy-free option, altering the flavor profile to more coconutty territory.

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Brown Sugar

  • Sweet spot: Adds sweetness and a hint of molasses, which complements the rum.
  • Stir it up: Dissolving it properly ensures every sip is smoothly sweet.
  • Less or more: Too little and the drink is flat, too much and it's cloying. No good alternatives here; the brown sugar's caramel notes are irreplaceable.

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Hot Water

  • Pour it on: Thins the mix to drinking consistency and helps meld flavors together.
  • Temperature matters: Hot to ensure butter and sugar dissolve; cold water would leave a separated, greasy mess.
  • Just right: Too much and it's watered down, too little and the drink's too strong. It's all about balance.

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Cinnamon, Nutmeg, Cloves

  • Spice of life: Each brings warmth, aroma, and complexity to the table.
  • Pinch perfect: Overdo it and you'll overpower the drink; too little and it's uninspiring.
  • No spices, no dice: If omitted, the drink loses its seasonal, festive flair. You can vary the spices to taste, but these three are classic for a reason.

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Recipe. How to make Butter Rum Drink

  1. In a small saucepan, melt the butter and brown sugar together over low heat.
  2. Add the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves to the butter mixture and stir until well combined.
  3. Pour the hot water into the saucepan and stir until the sugar is dissolved.
  4. Remove the saucepan from the heat and add the dark rum, stirring to combine.
  5. Pour the mixture into a heatproof glass or mug and garnish with a cinnamon stick.

Pro Tips

  • Use high-quality dark rum for the best flavor.
  • Freshly ground spices will give a more intense flavor.
  • Slowly melt the butter and sugar together to avoid burning.

Perfect Pairings

Sweet and Savory Snacks

  • Cheese Plate: A selection of cheeses, particularly those with nutty or creamy profiles, will complement the rich butter and spices.
  • Desserts: This Butter Rum cocktail pairs beautifully with pumpkin pie or any caramel-based dessert, echoing the brown sugar notes.

Comfort Foods

  • Roasted Nuts: Especially candied walnuts or pecans, their sweetness and texture match the warm spices of the cocktail.
  • Apple Pie: The classic spiced flavors align with the cinnamon and nutmeg in the drink.

Drink Pairings

  • Coffee: A strong black coffee on the side could contrast the sweetness while adding another layer of warmth.

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What you could change in Butter Rum

  • Dark rum: Can be replaced with bourbon or brandy.
  • Unsalted butter: Salted butter can be used for a slightly different flavor profile.
  • Brown sugar: Can be replaced with honey or maple syrup.

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Butter Rum with Maple Syrup

  • Ingredients: Replace brown sugar with maple syrup.
  • Recipe: Follow the original recipe, just swap in 1 tbsp of maple syrup for sugar.
  • Taste change: Adds a woody, autumnal sweetness with a complex flavor profile.
  • Why try it?: It's like a hug from a maple tree - ideal for those who love a rich, layered sweetness.

Spiced Butter Rum

  • Ingredients: Add a small slice of fresh ginger and an extra pinch of cinnamon.
  • Recipe: Add the ginger with the spices, and increase cinnamon just a touch.
  • Taste change: Adds a zesty freshness and extra warmth, making it even more of a winter warrior.
  • Why make it spicy?: For those who like a bit of a kick with their warmth, this twist will tickle your taste buds and warm your soul.

Butter Rum Coffee

  • Ingredients: A shot of espresso added to the mix.
  • Recipe: Brew a strong espresso and add it to the cocktail after step 4, before pouring into the mug.
  • Taste change: Creates a caffeinated, bitter counterpoint to the sweet and spicy flavors.
  • Why wake it up?: Perfect for those who need a pick-me-up with their sip-me-down. It's the cocktail equivalent of a power nap!

In case you forgot basics how to make Butter Rum

Insert the spoon into the glass until it touches the bottom. Keep the back of the spoon against the inside wall of the glass, and stir in a smooth, circular motion. The goal is to swirl the ice and ingredients together without churning or splashing.

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Garnishing a bar drink depends on the type of garnish and the cocktail. Generally, it involves preparing the garnish (like cutting a citrus wheel or picking a sprig of mint), and then adding it to the drink in a visually appealing way (like perching it on the rim or floating it on top).

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Frequently Asked Questions on Butter Rum

What type of occasion is the Butter Rum cocktail best suited for?

Butter Rum cocktail is perfect for cold evenings, holiday gatherings, or whenever you're in the mood for a creamy, warming drink.

Can children or non-alcohol drinkers enjoy a version of the Butter Rum cocktail?

Yes, a non-alcoholic version can be created by simply omitting the dark rum. The result is a delicious warm and spiced drink.

Can the Butter Rum cocktail be served cold?

While traditionally served warm, some people enjoy it chilled, especially as a summertime treat.

What are some good food pairings with the Butter Rum cocktail?

Butter Rum could pair well with desserts like apple pie or cinnamon cookies. It also can be enjoyed with savory snacks like roasted nuts or cheese.

I have a dairy allergy, can I still enjoy a Butter Rum cocktail?

People with dairy allergies may substitute the butter with a dairy-free alternative, such as coconut oil or vegan butter.

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