It’s cold here in Southeast Georgia (anything below 60 degrees is cold to me now) and I needed something to warm me up from the inside.  Enter this naturally Gluten Free Hot Buttered Rum.   I haven’t had one of these for years, but it’s the perfect  beverage to help fortify you against the cold winter nights.  Drink one at a time or make it in larger batches for entertaining at the holidays.

This drink dates back to Colonial America when Jamaican molasses made it to America and colonists started distilling rum.  Rum made it into this drink  Egg Nog and others.   Traditionally, dark rum is used, but I have a handle of Spiced Rum in my liquor cabinet and that seemed like the obvious choice.  There are lots of recipes that call for you to make a spiced butter or ‘batter’ that includes butter, sugar and spices and, in some instances, ice cream.   American Food Roots lists the following recipe on their website for this Hot Buttered Rum for a crowd.

Hot Buttered Rum from American Food Roots


  • Batter
  • 4 ounces (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) brown sugar
  • 4 ounces (1/2 cup) granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 cup vanilla ice cream, slightly softened

Hot Buttered Rum

  • 1.5 ounces rum
  • 1 tablespoon frozen hot buttered rum batter
  • Boiling water
  • Cinnamon stick, star anise for garnish


Combine the butter, brown and granulated sugar and spices and mix until combined.  Add ice cream and mix until combined.  Batter will keep in a sealed container.  Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.

For each cup of hot buttered rum, put rum and batter in coffee mug.  Fill to desired level with boiling water and garnish, if desired.

But, I just want one cup! 

But, in case you want to just create one cup (or two) for yourself, it’s super easy to put a single cup together.  Here’s my version of hot buttered rum.  Perfect with all those Christmas cookies coming your way.  I recommend my Gluten Free Orange Pistachio Shortbread.

Yields 1 cup

Gluten Free Hot Buttered Rum

10 minPrep Time

10 minTotal Time

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For Each Cup of Hot Buttered Rum
  • 2 teaspoons butter, unsalted
  • dash of the following spices:
  • nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg
  • 1 to 2 Tablespoons Dark Brown Sugar
  • 1 shot (1.5 ounces) Spiced Rum
  • 4 to 6 ounces boiling water
  • Cinnamon stick, optional


  1. Place butter, spices, brown sugar and rum in coffee mug.
  2. Pour boiling water over top and stir to combine.
  3. Can use cinnamon stick as stirrer and garnish

 Buon Appetito!

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