Hot Buttered Cider with Rum

This hot buttered cider with rum is festive and ideal for a crowd.

Servings: 8


  • 1 stick (½ cup) unsalted butter, softened
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar, packed
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ⅛ teaspoon salt
  • Half-gallon (64 ounces) all natural apple cider
  • Rum (or apple brandy)
  • Cinnamon sticks (optional)


  1. In a medium bowl, combine the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and salt. Mash with a spoon until evenly combined.
  2. Bring the apple cider to a simmer over medium heat in a large pot, then turn the heat down to low. Gradually add the butter mixture, whisking until the butter is melted.
  3. 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.