I realize that this is a grillin website but the Grillin Fools do more than just grill and at this time of year where we have all manner of holiday parties I thought I would share my Hot Buttered Rum recipe.   Wanna be a rock star at one of these parties? Then try this.  Sorry no pics of the process, but it so easy you won’t need them…

This is the perfect Holiday drink. I think this is the drink equivalent to comfort food. It’s a comfort drink. The fact that the drink is warmed plus the rum just warms the body all over.

Hot Buttered Rum Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of firmly-packed brown sugar
  • 1 stick butter
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 3 sticks cinnamon
  • 6 cloves
  • 1/2 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2 quarts water
  • 2 cups rum (more if you like)
  • Topping: Whipped cream, ground nutmeg

Hot Buttered Rum Directions:

  1. Put all ingredients (except rum and topping) in a crock pot.
  2. Stir well to dissolve sugar.
  3. Set crock on low for 5 hours – stirring a few times throughout the process.
  4. After 5 hours add the rum. If you add the rum at the beginning most of the alcohol will evaporate out.  If you are going for a more virgin cocktail this might be the way to go but you will not evaporate out all of the alcohol so keep that in mind.
  5. At this point just stir in the rum and get the mixture back up to heat.
  6. Use a ladle to put the Hot Buttered Rum into cups, add a dollop of whipped cream and grate some fresh nutmeg onto the whipped cream. An extra stick of cinnamon in each cup is a nice touch too.

I’m telling you, if you take this to a holiday party you will be loved and adored by your friends and relatives. And if you serve this at a holiday party you are hosting your entire place will just ooze with the scent of the holiday season. This is better than any holiday potpourri on the market.  And after a couple of these you won’t feel like an idiot with a bow stuck to your head:


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Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas, the Original Grillin’ Fool, was sent off to college with a suitcase and a grill where he overcooked, undercooked and burned every piece of meat he could find. After thousands of failures, and quite a few successes, nearly two decades later he started a website to show step by step, picture by picture, foolproof instructions on how to make great things out of doors so that others don’t have to repeat the mistakes he’s made on the grill.
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one comment

Sounds like a must try! Thanks for the recipe!

Wonder how it would taste cutting back on the sugar, and using apple juice or cider instead of water?

Merry Christmas to all of the G’ Fools!


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