Hot Buttered Apple Cider with Rum


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 a classic holiday cocktail – hot buttered rum.  Boy was that a good idea.


It’s the ideal drink for a crowd because it sits on the stove in a big pot for everyone to help themselves. Plus, you can do most of it ahead of time. Enjoy!


Hot Buttered Cider with Rum

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Servings: 8


  • 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 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
  • Half-gallon (64 ounces) all natural apple cider
  • Rum (or apple brandy)
  • Cinnamon sticks (optional)


  1. Make the spiced butter by combining the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and salt in a small bowl. Use a plastic spatula to transfer the butter mixture to the middle of a 12" x 12" piece of plastic wrap. Fold the plastic wrap over the butter mixture and shape into a log, twisting ends to seal closed. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  2. Bring the apple cider to a simmer over medium heat in a large pot, then turn the heat down to low. Remove the spiced butter from the plastic wrap and cut into 1-inch pieces. Add to the hot cider and stir continuously until all the butter is melted.
  3. Ladle the buttered cider into mugs. Top off each drink with a shot of rum and garnish with a cinnamon stick, if desired. Serve hot.
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  • Woah! Yes please.

  • It sounds wonderful! I will try it tonight for our Girls Night out and again for Halloween!

  • callas

    This sounds fantastic! I’ll surely make this more than once this fall.

  • 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!

  • Suzanne

    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!

  • alice

    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.

  • anonymous

    mmm yummy. thanks for the tip!

  • 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!!

  • wow i love t hat SO much… can i cut and paste it into my blog?? but give u credit, of course???

  • sam

    im having a get together this friday.. ill let you know howit goes over. it sounds great though!

  • Jamie

    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!

  • Shelly

    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!

  • Sounds yummy, can’t wait to make this for Christmas Eve…might even need to do a trial run this weekend.

  • Tamar

    Great summer recipe! I’ll serve this at a family BBQ.

    • Tamar

      I mean, the cold version. LOL

  • Mmmmmm! Can’t wait for it to get cold here to try this fantastic sounding drink!


    i made thiss for my halloween party last night! it was all gone in ten seconds! everyone loved it :)

  • I made this for a party tonight and everyone loved it! It has been requested for Thanksgiving & Christmas dinner.

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