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Zero-Proof Hot Buttered “Rum” Recipe

It isn't the holidays without hot buttered rum! The buttery spice fueled drink is so delicious and comforting. Warmth greets you with every sip followed by an array of spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom working harmoniously to create a delicious flavor profile, the sweetness comes in soon after, and then the salty touch from the butter combined with the dark brown sugar used creates an incredible sweet-salty balance. For this hot buttered "rum" recipe, rum is replaced with a touch of rum extract so the beverages still feature the signature flavor of the spirit without the alcohol content and the use of cardamom gives the drinks a complexity that is very complementary to the other spicy additions. Whip up a batch and cozy up with your family in front of the fireplace or welcome holiday party guests with a tray of these winter classics. 


Total Time:  15 minutes

Active Time: 10 minutes

Hot Buttered "Rum" Recipe Ingredients

Serves 8

  • 2 cups water

  • ½ cup salted butter, softened

  • 1 ½ cups dark brown sugar

  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cardamom

  • Pinch of ground cloves

  • 1 teaspoon rum extract

  • 1 cup heavy cream


Hot Buttered "Rum" Recipe Directions
  1. Bring the water to a boil in a medium saucepan.

  2. Meanwhile, add the butter to a mixing bowl with the sugar, spices and rum extract.

  3. Beat until smooth and well combined.

  4. Add the butter, sugar and spice mixture to the pot of water along with the heavy cream.

  5. Reduce to a simmer, cover and let simmer for 5 minutes.

  6. Pour into glasses and serve.