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Hot Buttered Rum Cider: All Hot ‘n’ Buttered

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Hot Buttered Rum Cider with cinnamon stick and anise on a bed of whipped cream
All Hot ‘n’ Buttered: Hot Buttered Rum Cider

The holidays are creeping up on us and we all need a little decadence, so I put together a fun riff on the Hot Buttered Rum Cider recipe called All Hot ‘n Buttered. I’ve teamed up with Ballotin Whiskies again in this sponsored post to create a fabulous, easy holiday cocktail for entertaining at home. Featuring Ballotin Caramel Turtle Chocolate Whiskey, its base of hot cider and rum turns spicy and buttery with a tablespoon or two of homemade hot buttered rum mix.

This warm tipple goes down so easy – truly a sweet treat to warm your hands after a long day. While you can make this hot alcoholic drink with water instead of hot apple cider, the cider improves the taste exponentially. The caramel and nut flavors of the Ballotin Caramel Turtle Whiskey meld with the apple cider – just as they do on a nut-covered caramel apple.

Hot Buttered Rum History

Buttered drinks abounded in the 17th and 18th centuries. Some included alcohol and some did not. Rum was popular in the Americas through its ties to molasses and sugar production. The enslaved workers in sugar plantations around the Caribbean produced much of the sugar used to make the rum that the world drank. American drank the rum they could get, and later, whiskey became popular. But rum and brandy were the original American tipples.

Hot toddies and hot buttered drinks gave a bit of sweetness and buttery texture to warm drinks, and today’s version, with added spices, matches well with rum or whiskey as the spirit base of the cocktail. It’s said that early versions of toddies and hot buttered rum may have used red-hot pokers to warm the drinks. And one source noted that the butter might have been used to condition long moustaches of the time, but I have a doubt.

About Ballotin Whiskey

Ballotin Whiskey got its start in Louisville working with the industry giant Flavorman to create a line of flavored whiskies. Of course, being from Louisville, there’s a plethora of Brown-Forman experience with co-owner Paul Tuell to create a flavored whiskey that’s approachable to whiskey newbies and interesting for bourbon enthusiasts alike. By carefully choosing the sourced whiskey at its base, the Ballotin line aims to keep a whiskey flavor while building on those flavors with additions like chocolate, bourbon ball and mint.

It’s a fine line, but the flavored whiskies they produce are not overly sweet and work wonders in cocktails to add whiskey and sweet flavors together. In fact, they’re so good, you could just drink them over ice as a cocktail themselves. Ballotin makes a full line of flavors, including Caramel Turtle, Bourbon Ball, Chocolate Mint, Peanut Butter Chocolate, Chocolate Cherry Cream and Chocolate Mocha Cream.

How to Make the Hot Buttered Rum Mix

hot buttered rum mix in a jar - Hot Buttered Rum Cider
All Hot ‘n’ Buttered: Hot Buttered Rum Cider

The mix for the Hot Buttered Rum Cider couldn’t be easier. Let a stick of salted butter warm to room temperature, then cream it with some brown sugar and your favorite baking spices.

For me, I chose cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and ginger. You could also add some cardamom, allspice, or a pinch of clove. Choose the flavors you love best as you’ll be making enough hot buttered rum cider mix for a batch of drinks.

How to Batch Hot Buttered Cider for 8

The Hot ‘n’ Buttered mix makes enough for about 8-10 servings, depending on how much butter you use for each cocktail. To batch it, heat up the following on low heat. Do not let it come to a boil or simmer or you’ll cook off the alcohol! Just warm it.

  • 6 cups apple cider
  • 1.5 cups Ballotin Caramel Turtle Whiskey
  • ½ cup rum

To serve, put 8 ounces in a warm mug, add two tablespoons of the hot buttered rum mix, stir and garnish with a cinnamon stick or orange peel with a few cloves embedded in it.

Tips for a Great Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum Cider with cinnamon stick and anise on a bed of whipped cream
All Hot ‘n’ Buttered: Hot Buttered Rum Cider
  1. Make sure the mug is hot, so it’ll keep the cocktail warm.
  2. Use aged rum, not white or silver rum.
  3. Take the hot buttered rum mix out of the fridge about an hour before serving to soften.
Hot Buttered Rum Cider with spoon of mix over cup of cocktail
All Hot ‘n’ Buttered: Hot Buttered Rum Cider

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Hot Buttered Rum Cider with cinnamon stick and anise on a bed of whipped cream

All Hot ‘n’ Buttered – A Hot Buttered Rum Cider

Picture of Heather Wibbels, Cocktail Contessa, pouring a cocktailHeather Wibbels
Take your Hot Buttered Rum up a notch with this apple cider-based cocktail featuring Ballotin Caramel Turtle Chocolate Whiskey, rum, and of course a healthy dose of butter, sugar, and spices. Easy to make and batch, it’s the perfect cocktail to put together to curl up in front of the fireplace or share with friends on cold winter nights.
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Course Drinks
Cuisine whiskey cocktail
Servings 1


  • 2 tablespoons hot buttered rum mix**
  • 1.5 oz Ballotin Caramel Turtle Chocolate Whiskey
  • 0.5 oz aged rum
  • 6 oz hot apple cider
  • Optional: whipped cream float
  • Garnish: cinnamon stick and star anise or orange peel with clove


  • Heat apple cider in a microwave-proof mug until very hot but not boiling. Add in hot buttered rum mix, Ballotin Caramel Turtle, rum and stir well. Top with whipped cream if desired. Garnish.


**Hot Buttered Rum Mix:
  • 1 stick butter (room temperature)
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp ground nutmeg
  • ½ tsp ground ginger
  • 1.5 tsp vanilla
Cream together the ingredients with a mixer or mix well by hand. Store in a small jar in the fridge.
Keyword apple bitters, butter, caramel, chocolate, hot buttered rum, oleo saccharum, pecan
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By on November 18th, 2020
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About Heather Wibbels

Heather Wibbels is a whiskey and cocktail author (Executive Bourbon Steward, no less) with a passion for cocktails. She loves researching and designing cocktails, drinking cocktails, and teaching cocktails. Mostly whiskey cocktails, given her Kentucky location.

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