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  • Writer's pictureTarah Cantrell

Hot Buttered Rum Was The First Butterbeer

Don't try to convince me otherwise. Its history suggests that it's definitely old enough to be the ultimate contender for J.K. Rowling's delicious foil. Even better? You can make this alcohol-free, which renders it the perfect accompaniment for introducing the Harry Potter series to your kids! Since it'll last for a long, long time in the refrigerator, I also recommend meandering your way through the books after hours as you imbibe in this delicious, warming beverage. Scroll down for the best cold weather drink I've ever made!

Hot Buttered Rum the Old Fashioned Way

Yield: approx. 16 servings

Active Time: 10 minutes

Hot Buttered Rum Base Ingredients:

1/2 cup salted butter, room temperature

3/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 teaspoon grated orange peel (optional)

1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (optional)

Drink Ingredients:

1 tablespoon of Hot Buttered Rum Base

2-3 drops orange extract per cup (optional) or

1-2 tablespoons orange juice

1-2 ounces rum (omit for non-alcoholic version)

1 mug hot water


air-tight storage container

butter paddles, clean hands, or spatula

measuring spoons

measuring cups




Part 1: Base Preparation

  1. Add butter, brown sugar, orange peel, and pumpkin pie spice to mixing bowl or air-tight container.

  2. Using clean hands, a spatula, or butter paddles, mix together ingredients until uniformly and fully incorporated.*

Part 2: Make Hot Buttered Rum

  1. Add one tablespoon of Hot Buttered Rum Base to a mug.

  2. Next, add rum and extract or juice. (Omit the rum for the non-alcoholic version.)

  3. Pour hot water over the mix.

  4. Stir.

  5. Add whipped cream and more orange peel for garnish. (optional)


*This mix will keep just as long as any butter would usually keep in the fridge. It can also be made in advance or used just after making.

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