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Hot Buttered Apple Cider with Rum

5 stars based on 4 votes


Originally, I was planning to share a basic spiked cider recipe with you but when I made it for my husband to taste, he said it reminded him of his college days when he and his fraternity brothers would spike apple cider with grain alcohol for drunken Halloween parties — not really what I was going for! So I found a way to take it up a notch by combining ordinary spiked cider with Hot Buttered Rum, a classic holiday cocktail. Boy, was that a good idea. It’s ideal  for a crowd because it sits on the stove in a big pot for everyone to help themselves. Enjoy!

Hot Buttered Cider with Rum

Servings: 8


  • Half-gallon (64 ounces) all natural apple cider
  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, cut into tablespoons
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Rum (or apple brandy)
  • Cinnamon sticks (optional)


  1. Bring the apple cider to a simmer over medium heat in a large pot, then turn the heat down to low. Stir in the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt. Continue stirring until the butter is melted and the sugar is dissolved.
  2. Ladle the buttered cider into mugs. Top each drink off with a shot of rum and garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired. Serve hot.

Reviews & Comments

  • If this recipe is processed/sealed in mason jars, how long could it safely before stored? And do the mason jars need to be refrigerated?

    - Patricia Hendewich on October 3, 2016 Reply
    • Hi Patricia, I know very little about canning and not sure that storing the cider this way would be advisable. Sorry I can’t be more helpful!

      - Jenn on October 5, 2016 Reply
  • This recipe looks great! I have one question: since you add sugar, do you try to buy unsweetened apple cider?

    Thank you!

    - Emily on December 13, 2015 Reply
    • I think you could buy either regular or unsweetened cider and have a tasty finished product. Hope you enjoy!

      - Jenn on December 15, 2015 Reply
  • Will the butter separate and look greasy in this mixture?

    - Ruth Roake on December 6, 2015 Reply
    • No Ruth, the butter should not separate from the mixture, but if you see any signs of that, just stir it before serving. Enjoy!

      - Jenn on December 7, 2015 Reply
      • I’m leaving it in the crockpot for company to serve them selves so I should be stirring it throughout my party? How much rum can I add to this ahead if time instead if adding it to their drinks after poured?

        - Ruth Roake on December 9, 2015 Reply
        • I don’t think you’ll need to “babysit” it during the party. When people ladle the cider into their cups, that will likely help to mix in any butter that potentially settles on top. And if you’re using the 64 ounces of cider that the recipe calls for, you can add 12 ounces of rum to the mix. Hope your guests enjoy!

          - Jenn on December 11, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Doubled this recipe for a pre-trick-or-treating Halloween Block Party. I brought out an extension cord and served it, un-spiked, in a hot-drink dispenser, with the rum safely tucked under the table, for those who wanted it. After the party ended, friends kept popping in for refills, so kids weren’t my only trick-or-treaters this year! Such a great warmer-upper… Thanks Jenn!

    - Connie B. on November 17, 2015 Reply
    • Love that story, Connie :)

      - Jenn on November 17, 2015 Reply
  • 4 stars

    The perfect Fall beverage on a cold, chilly night. I’ve tried swapping the rum for Calvados (apple brandy) and it was just as delicious.

    - Atam on November 3, 2015 Reply
  • 5 stars

    Delicious!!! Having my family over after trick-or-treating and this is going to warm everyone up. The butter makes this especially wonderful. Another fantastic recipe from Jenn. You will be famous!

    - Jennifer Rickwood on October 31, 2015 Reply
  • once you get it warm-you could probably put it in a crockpot? has anyone done that?

    - Jennifer on October 1, 2015 Reply
    • Yes that’s the only way I make it!

      - Lisa on October 10, 2015 Reply
  • Has anyone ever used a crock pot for this recipe?

    - JEN on December 12, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This recipe inspired me a few weeks ago… pretty much, all I had was apple cider, a stick of butter, some rum and cinnamon sticks… I was still able to make a really good spiked apple cider with just those four ingredients. The butter made the drink really smooth, and just the addition of the cinnamon sticks added a flair of autumn. I highly recommend making this recipe, because I expect all the other spices would add a lot of depth to the flavors. But if all you have are just a few ingredients, it’s still yummy!

    - cool tree on December 5, 2014 Reply
  • I made this for a party tonight and everyone loved it! It has been requested for Thanksgiving & Christmas dinner.

    - Tiffany on November 14, 2012 Reply
  • i made thiss for my halloween party last night! it was all gone in ten seconds! everyone loved it :)

    - MCKENZIE on November 1, 2012 Reply
  • Mmmmmm! Can’t wait for it to get cold here to try this fantastic sounding drink!

    - Mandy Burkhart on October 2, 2012 Reply
  • Great summer recipe! I’ll serve this at a family BBQ.

    - Tamar on June 25, 2012 Reply
    • I mean, the cold version. LOL

      - Tamar on June 25, 2012 Reply
  • Sounds yummy, can’t wait to make this for Christmas Eve…might even need to do a trial run this weekend.

    - Jasmine Pedroza on December 15, 2011 Reply
  • This is what I was looking for! Thanks for this post. “Top with rum or apple brandy if desired”…please, must you even suppose??!!! It’s on!

    - Shelly on November 22, 2011 Reply
  • I just found this recipe through a google search and I’m hooked! It is so yummy. i chose the grown-up version to help deal with this unusually snowy weekend before Halloween. It makes the miserable weather a little more enjoyable. I think I am also hooked on the rest of your blog and can’t wait to try some of the other recipes you have posted!

    - Jamie on October 29, 2011 Reply
  • im having a get together this friday.. ill let you know howit goes over. it sounds great though!

    - sam on October 19, 2010 Reply
  • wow i love t hat SO much… can i cut and paste it into my blog?? but give u credit, of course???

    - Retro Jordans on August 25, 2010 Reply
  • Every Wednesday for Wordless {Wordful} Wednesday, I write a post called “Adult Beverage of the Week”. I love this drink and am going to link to it for tomorrow’s version!!

    - Pamela Gold on August 24, 2010 Reply
  • mmm yummy. thanks for the tip!

    - anonymous on February 8, 2010 Reply
  • I made this last night for about 14 ladies (doubled the recipe). Offered the rum if they wanted it. Simple and fantastic recipe. Also makes the kitchen smell wonderful!! Thanks and looking forward to trying more of your recipes.

    - alice on November 9, 2009 Reply
  • I made this w/o the booze and my kids loved it. It’s almost like dessert. Can’t wait to try the grown-up version!

    - Suzanne on November 2, 2009 Reply
  • Jenn!

    I’m just stumbling on this recipe now. I am absolutely having my girlfriends over this weekend so we can chill out and celebrate the chilly weather with this decadent cocktail.

    We’ll drink to you and your college days!

    - Danielle Foster on November 1, 2009 Reply
  • This sounds fantastic! I’ll surely make this more than once this fall.

    - callas on October 29, 2009 Reply
  • It sounds wonderful! I will try it tonight for our Girls Night out and again for Halloween!

    - Anonymous on October 23, 2009 Reply
  • Woah! Yes please.

    - parsnips aplenty on October 12, 2009 Reply

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