Get the House Ready with Hot Buttered Rum

Here’s a classic Hot Buttered Rum drink that’s been around for a long time, meant to be sipped by a fire or in a cozy setting. It’s easy to make up a batch and store in the refrigerator for last minute guests, and perfect to give as a holiday gift!

Get the House Ready! and Hot Buttered Rum Drinks

Holiday entertaining is enjoyable, but also a lot of work. Planning the menu, making sure the details take place, and the chores around the house get done—are why I make a list, check it twice, and cross off what I accomplish.

Inviting, planning the menu, cooking, prepping, making sure there’s plenty of ambience—preparing a warm and welcoming home, relaxing to the guests, with music, a festive tablescape, holiday decor, and a jovial spirit helps spread the holiday cheer.

Whether a big or small party, or even drop-in guests, I like to be prepared.

Here are a couple of tips for getting the house ready!

Get the house ready!

Entryway: Be sure to put away clutter and shoes, have a clean mat inside for wiping feet, and let guests know right away if your house has a “no-shoes” rule. Be prepared to take guests’ coats, and let them know if they’ll be in the hall closet, bedroom, or on a coat rack. Possibly light a candle – a yummy holiday scent.

Bathroom: Have a clean guest bathroom. Make sure it has clean hand towels, extra toilet paper, empty wastebasket and a lit candle. Make it extra special, with a fresh flower and a couple of “food for thought” or inspiring books nearby.

Music: Holiday music just sets the mood for any company coming to your home.

Munchies. Setting out bowls of nuts or snacks, with a signature drink, makes the holidays fun any time of day!

Drinks. It’s always a hospitable gesture to hand guests a drink as they get settled, after taking off coats and being greeted at the front door. A hot buttered rum is an excellent way to welcome guests when they first arrive.

Get the House Ready! and Hot Buttered Rum Drinks

Vintage Buffalo China Cups.

My recent bargain that I found at Good Will were these 10 Vintage Buffalo China Cups. SO happy for my $20 purchase … I will put these little green-rimmed restaurant mugs to good use. My guess is they are from the 1960s.

Now for the yummy Hot Buttered Rum recipe.

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum.

Whip up the ingredients (butter, sugar and warming spices, such as cinnamon, cardamom and clove) using a stand mixer. Jar the mixture and give as gifts, or serve it when drop-in guests come to your home.

Add a dollop to a mug filled with hot water and rum, and stir. It’s the hot rum, of course, that makes your body nice and warm, but it’s also the spices that add a special warmth, too.

For gifts.

Pack into small glass jars, label and store in the refrigerator. Give as a gift with a bottle of dark rum!

Ready for guests.

Dollop about 2 tablespoons into a small mug. Pour in 2 ounces of rum, top with boiling water, stir, and enjoy!

Freeze for later.

Roll the batter into small logs on wax paper, seal by twisting the ends, and place in plastic wrap; freeze. Remove from the freezer and slice into small pieces, and place in a mug with boiling water.

Happy weekend, Friends!

What’s your go-to hot drink you offer to guests?

Hot Buttered Rum

Hot Buttered Rum

Fill several 1/2 pint jars for holiday gifts! Freeze for later: After refrigerated (and hard) roll the batter into small logs on wax paper, seal by twisting the ends, and place in plastic wrap; freeze. Remove from the freezer and slice into small pieces, and place in a mug with boiling water.


1 cup (2 sticks) unsalted butter, softened
1 cup dark brown sugar
2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 tsp. cardamom
1/2 tsp. nutmeg
1/4 tsp. ground cloves
Pinch salt
Dark rum


In a stand mixer, cream together the butter, sugar, spices, and salt.

Pack into small glass jars and store in the refrigerator.

Place about 2 Tablespoons in each small mug. Pour 2 ounces of rum into the mug with boiling water.

Stir and serve!

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We’re an espresso family–and this time of year I love serving Cinnamon Infused Espresso with Spiced Whipped Cream with a holiday dessert! Today I’m over at KitchenAid blog sharing about our Pro Line® Series Espresso Maker. It’s amazing, comes in RED (perfect gift to buy!) and so is the recipe … reade more ==> HERE.


Also, don’t forget my friend Sommer’s Brilliant Bundt Cakes eCookbook is ON SALE for the holidays! It’s this collection of 35 recipes that will wow your guests and tastebuds, for only $2.99!!


You can order your copy HERE! It’s fantastic … for any season of the year!

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10 comments on “Get the House Ready with Hot Buttered Rum”

  1. I have never had hot buttered rum before. Time to change that, it just sounds sooo cozy!

  2. I’ve still never made hot buttered rum before! Totally need to try this. It sounds like the most comforting drink to serve to people during the chilly holidays! :)

  3. Unfortunately I don’t like rum. We pressed apples from our orchard this year so we have been doing a lot of spiced cider. I love warm drinks all winter long.

  4. A friend of mine introduced me to it five or six years ago and I immediately fell in love with it. Makes a wonderful gift to bring as a guest to a party as well.

  5. Yum…I’ll have to try making some because my MIL loves a drink called Tom and Jerry…basically this kind of mix, minus the rum :)

  6. Very good advice. And hot buttered rum has been around for a long time because it is so dang delicious!!!!!

  7. Oh my word this looks fantastic. Making it!!!!

  8. I made this over the weekend, so wonderful! I like it with the hot water, but it’s super wonderful with hot coffee and a splash of cream. Lovely with Cruzan Black Strap Rum. Thank you for the recipe. Merry Christmas to you and yours!

  9. How long will the buttered rum last in the fridge?

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