All the Hot Rum Drinks You Will Ever Need

May 24, 2022 by

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Even though it’s cold out, don’t let the weather stop you from seeing friends and family this winter. Instead, invite them over for a movie night and cozy up with our gorgeous hot rum cocktails that are full of winter flavors. These hot spiced rum drinks are easy to make and can be kept warm in a crockpot until ready to serve, leaving you extra time to relax and dish out the popcorn. Dive into these hug-in-a-mug recipes now – they’re all guaranteed to warm you up from the inside out.

1. Classic Hot Buttered Rum

Classic hot buttered rum

This classic American holiday cocktail dates back decades and is irresistibly warm and sweet, perfect for wintery get-togethers when you need ultimate indulgence. It’s easily made with a simple batter of butter mixed with brown sugar, cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg and topped up with rum and hot water into a fragrantly cozy drink. Sip fireside in the fall, with family before the Thanksgiving feast or in the Christmas season with tasty pre-dinner nibbles.

2. Orange & Vanilla Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Orange Buttered Rum in a jar

With all its festive flavors—orange, spice and all things nice, this Christmas rum cocktail is easy to make for a crowd and a front-runner of the hot spiced rum drinks. Hand it around to your guests instead of eggnog, let them wrap their fingers around a mug of this citrusy-spiced drink with cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg—a fabulous party starter as they come in from the cold.

3. Rum Hot Toddy

Close up of Rum hot toddy

A hot toddy is a wonderfully warm cocktail to enjoy in the colder months and, unlike some of the other hot rum drinks on this list, a Rum Hot Toddy is made without a butter base. Instead, it’s a mix of rum and honey that’s topped up with a little hot water, a squeeze of little lemon and garnished with a cinnamon stick. Folks have been enjoying this soothing cocktail for a long time and it’ll definitely lift your spirits this festive season.

4. Maple Rum Hot Toddy

Slightly overhead two Maple Hot Toddy's

Chase away the chills with this cocktail; it’s a perfect drink to serve as a winter welcome drink or a naughty nightcap. With a simple twist of the Rum Hot Toddy, the Maple Rum Hot Toddy uses maple syrup rather than honey, making this tasty vegan option. Some folks prefer the toffee-life sweetness it yields over honey. Spice it up to your taste with cinnamon sticks and dial up the warmth with a slice of fresh ginger or even a slice of fresh red chilli.

5. Brown-Buttered Hot Rum

Hot maple buttered rum

Up the holiday cheer with this rich nutmeg and clove spiced cocktail. Be the hostess with the most-ess and celebrate with Christmas tunes, festive snacks and a crockpot simmering with this delicious Christmassy rum cocktail that will fill the house with alluring toffee-like aromas.

6. Hot Apple Cider Buttered Rum

Apple Cider Hot buttered rum in glasses

When it’s cold and gloomy outside and you need something comforting to cheer up a crowd, hot spiced rum drinks are certain to elevate your hosting skills. This Hot Apple Cider Buttered Rum offers ultimate comfort — imagine a boozy apple pie that you can drink! The warm spiced butter melts into the steamy apple cider and rum, what’s not to love? A dark rum has bold, rich flavor notes with hints of molasses and when you warm it up, it releases the caramel, toffee-like flavors which pairs so well with the cider. Up the spice with a mixture of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg to give you all the apple pie feels.

7. Chocolate Hot Buttered Rum

Glass mug of chocolate buttered rum with marshmallows

If brownie batter is your jam, then this boozy chocolatey cocktail is the one for you! This is a fantastic drinkable dessert that’s easy to prep in advance, like most of these hot rum cocktails.  Simply make up the butter mix with chocolate and cinnamon and the rest is easy as pie. For the seriously sweet toothed, push the boat out for ultimate decadence and top with a few marshmallows. For edible gifts, fill pretty little bottles with butter mix; tie them with ribbon and a recipe tag.


Yes, you can heat up rum for use in cozy cocktails. Warm it slowly to capture all the aromatics and to prevent the alcohol from evaporating.

A spiced rum would make a fantastic addition to all of these hot spiced rum drinks, adding extra spice and flavor. For a cooler drink, juices that blend well with spiced rum are apple, pineapple and orange. Sparking drinks like cola and lemonade are also perfectly paired with spiced rum.

Hot buttered rum normally contains dark rum. Warm cocktails with rum benefit from a dark rum due to its caramel flavors and the way it blends perfectly with festive spices, butter and sugar. Light rum is too sweet for these warm cocktails and blends better with cool cocktails such as Piña Coladas or Daiquiris.

Rum is a spirit that can be enjoyed both hot and cold. When warmed, you can enjoy delicious caramel flavors and rich notes. When shaken with ice in classic cocktails, rum adds smoothness and a depth of flavor. The choice is yours, or let the weather decide!

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