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Hot Buttered Rum

I received this recipe for hot buttered rum from a friend over 30 years ago, and I think of her every winter when I stir up a batch of this delightful mix. It keeps well in the freezer. —Joyce Moynihan, Lakeville, Minnesota
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 15 min.
  • Makes
    7 servings (3-1/2 cups mix)


  • 1 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup confectioners' sugar
  • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 cups vanilla ice cream, softened
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup boiling water
  • 1 to 3 tablespoons rum


  • In a large bowl, cream butter and sugars until light and fluffy. Beat in the ice cream, cinnamon and nutmeg. Cover and store in the freezer.
  • For each serving, place 1/2 cup butter mixture in a mug; add boiling water and stir to dissolve. Stir in rum.
Nutrition Facts
1 cup: 428 calories, 30g fat (19g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 221mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (30g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • marmac1990
    Mar 11, 2014

    I've made this many times. I use apple cider instead of the water. It is a great warmer upper when sitting around a campfire.

  • AbGiRl
    Dec 25, 2013

    This Hot Buttered Rum is a nice treat for Fall & Winter. I made this recipe for the first time this Christmas. My family loved it. I recommend this recipe!

  • ms.b.
    Oct 2, 2013

    This is a great recipe. Have made it several times since originally came out in the dec/Jan 2011 issue of TOH... I make this at the start of the cool winter months, and a batch lasts my husband and I all winter long. It's quick and easy to throw together on those cool winter nights, the batter keeps well. I highly recommend this recipe

  • deannasnz
    May 24, 2012

    This is an amazing recipe. It's worth getting fat for. Actually I used reduced fat ice cream and a bit less than the recipe called for, plus I used a bit less mix per prepared drink, and it was perfect. I intend to make this frequently during the cooler months!

  • IvyRiggs
    Mar 28, 2012

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  • zamchik
    Dec 24, 2011

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  • RC1956
    Mar 13, 2011

    Sorry. Also might use a lower calorie ice cream or frozen yogurt to drop the calories a little.

  • RC1956
    Mar 13, 2011

    Haven't tried it yet, but what about using the splenda/sugar items both white and brown to lower the sugar content? Might help us diabetics a little bit although still would be a welcome indulgence.

  • CRzasa
    Dec 11, 2010

    This is delicious! What a calorie bomb though! I'm wondering if 1/2 the amount of mix would make one almost as good? I'm going to try that next time.

  • JLS08
    Dec 10, 2010

    It's a bit sweet, so we add 2 + Tbsp of rum to compensate per cup, but an excellent recipe! I've loaded up on it for the holidays.