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Day 7 of Our 12 Days of Cocktails: Hot Buttered Rum

Updated: Feb 22

As we sail through the holiday season, it's time to cozy up by the fireplace and savor the warmth of a classic winter cocktail. Welcome to day 7 of our 12 Days of Cocktails series, where we explore delightful drink recipes to keep you in high spirits throughout this festive time. Today, we're bringing you the ultimate winter comfort in a cup – Hot Buttered Rum. But what makes this recipe even more special is the star of the show, Ten To One Caribbean Dark Rum, a black-owned gem that adds a rich and authentic Caribbean twist to this delightful drink.

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Hot Buttered Rum is a timeless classic, known for its ability to warm the soul and provide instant comfort on a chilly night. The combination of dark rum, butter, and a medley of warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves creates a soothing elixir that's perfect for sipping while wrapped in a blanket. It's like a cozy hug in a mug, and today, we're going to show you how to make it just right.

The Timeless Tradition and Versatile Charm of Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum is not just a cocktail; it's a timeless tradition that traces its roots back to colonial America. Back in those days, it was often used as a soothing remedy for winter ailments, but today, it's cherished for its irresistible combination of flavors. The dark rum imparts a rich, deep undertone to the drink, while the butter adds a luxurious creaminess that's incredibly indulgent. The spices, with their aromatic embrace, elevate the Hot Buttered Rum to a level of comfort and satisfaction that's hard to beat.

What makes this cocktail truly special is its versatility. Whether you're sipping it by the fireside on a snowy evening or sharing it with friends during a holiday gathering, Hot Buttered Rum never fails to create a warm and welcoming atmosphere. It's a drink that brings people together and warms the heart, making it a perfect addition to our 12 Days of Cocktails series, as we celebrate the joy of the season with each delicious sip. So, gather your loved ones, prepare a batch of Hot Buttered Rum, and toast to the magic of the holidays.

Cheers to good company, great flavors, and the magic of the holidays!

Ten to One Rum

On day 7 of our 12 Days of Cocktails, we're proud to highlight Ten To One Caribbean Dark Rum, a black-owned rum brand that's making waves in the spirits world. Ten To One is dedicated to crafting exceptional rums that capture the essence of the Caribbean. Their Caribbean Dark Rum is a perfect example of their commitment to quality and authenticity.

Ten To One Caribbean Dark Rum is a luscious blend of aged rums from Trinidad and Tobago, the Dominican Republic, and Barbados. This unique combination creates a complex and flavorful profile with notes of toffee, oak, and warm spices, making it the ideal choice for our Hot Buttered Rum recipe. The richness and depth of flavor that Ten To One brings to this classic cocktail are truly exceptional, making your holiday season even more special.

Incorporating Ten To One Caribbean Dark Rum into your Hot Buttered Rum adds a layer of authenticity and craftsmanship to your drink that is sure to impress your friends and family. So, this holiday season, raise your glass to diversity and excellence with Ten To One and enjoy the comforting embrace of Hot Buttered Rum.

Because Diversity is the taste of life®!


Hot Buttered Rum Recipe


  • 2 oz Ten to One dark rum

  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter (softened)

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon

  • 1 pinch ground nutmeg

  • 1 pinch ground cloves

  • Hot water

  • Cinnamon stick (for garnish)

  • Orange or lemon twist (for garnish)


  1. Start by preheating a mug or glass by filling it with hot water and letting it sit for a minute. Then, discard the hot water.

  2. In the preheated mug, add the softened butter, brown sugar, and the spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

  3. Pour in the dark rum and stir everything together until the butter and sugar are well combined.

  4. Carefully fill the mug with hot water, leaving about half an inch of space at the top.

  5. Stir the mixture until the butter and sugar have fully melted into the hot water.

  6. Garnish your Hot Buttered Rum with a cinnamon stick and a twist of orange or lemon zest.

  7. Serve your warm and comforting cocktail with a spoon for stirring, and enjoy!

Serve and enjoy your Hot Buttered Rum!

Feel free to adjust the amount of sugar and spices to suit your taste preferences. Hot Buttered Rum is a cozy and soothing drink that's perfect for sipping by the fireplace on a chilly evening.

Remember to enjoy responsibly!

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