It’s officially fall and there’s nothing I love more than a warm cocktail to keep me warm. If you’ve never had a Hot Buttered Rum, it’s pretty much the perfect warm cocktail for a chilly fall night. A good one, though, will have a good amount of spices in it and is kind of a pain to make on a whim.

To solve the problem, I like to mash together the base spice mixture and store it in a jar for a few weeks! Then making a cocktail is as easy adding a tablespoon of the spiced butter mixture, a few ounces of good rum, and hot water!

Speaking of rum, allow me to introduce you to the wonderful Don Q spiced rum. To be honest, I’d never tried this rum until they contacted me, but I was immediately sold on it. It’s one of the better spiced rums I’ve had, but I also just love the story of the distillery.

Destilería Serrallés is one of the oldest family-owned businesses in the US and they have been making delicious rum since 1865! They are an environmentally friendly distillery and have a great water recycling program, rather than disposing of it in the ocean. Plus, did I mention they make excellent rum? It’s nicely spiced, but not overly sweet.

Also, I love being able to support a Puerto Rican business after the devastating hurricane they are still recovering from.

Check out the Don Q website to find a location near you and try out this Hot Buttered Rum in a Jar this fall! (Would also be great holiday gifts!)

Hot Buttered Rum in a Jar

4.34 from 3 votes
Author: Nick Evans
Servings: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
The perfect way to make a delicious warm cocktail with almost no work. Also makes great holiday gifts!


  • ½ cup unsalted butter
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves

For each Hot Buttered Rum:

  • 1 tablespoon spiced butter from above
  • 2 ounces Spiced Rum
  • 5 ounces hot water


  • Mash butter well with all the spices. It helps if the butter is room temperature. Transfer spiced butter mixture to an air-tight jar. Store in the fridge for 1-2 weeks.
  • To make a Hot Buttered Rum, add 1 tablespoon of the spiced butter to a mug with 2 ounces of spiced rum. Top off with 5 ounces hot water. Stir to melt butter and mix spices. Drink while warm!


Serving: 1cocktail | Calories: 152kcal | Carbohydrates: 7g | Protein: 0.2g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.5g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 5mg | Potassium: 20mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 356IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.1mg
Course: Drinks
Cuisine: American

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This jar mix starts with butter. I used unsalted, but salted would actually be okay I think. Lots of good spices go in this bowl.

Hot Buttered Rum in a Jar

Mash everything up really well and you’ll have a delicious-smelling paste. This is pretty potent stuff. You wouldn’t want to eat it on toast or something. It needs to be diluted!

Hot Buttered Rum in a Jar

You can pack this spiced butter mix in a jar and it’ll keep great in your fridge for a week or two. If you’re me, it won’t last that long.

Hot Buttered Rum in a Jar

Making a hot buttered rum is so simple when you have this on hand. Scoop out about a tablespoon of the butter mixture and mix it with rum. It won’t dissolve completely at this point. That’s fine!

Hot Buttered Rum in a Jar

Then add some hot water (about 5 oz.) which will melt the butter and mix in the spices and rum.

Hot Buttered Rum in a Jar

The result is a delicious cocktail that I’m already looking forward to serving guests this holiday season.


Hot Buttered Rum in a Jar
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