Orange-Cinnamon Hot Buttered Rum Recipe

When most people think of adult beverages, they think of a drink that is served over ice. And most of the time? They'd be right. This drink is unique in that it's served hot, making it a great beverage for the fall and winter months. Recipe developer Jennine Bryant created this fantastic recipe that will warm your heart and soul and she explains exactly why she likes it so much. "This is one of the ultimate autumnal drinks in my books; it's so delicious and warming, with the classic autumnal and winter flavors of spices, spiced rum, and orange. It's also really quick to throw together, so when you get home on a cold autumnal evening, it only takes a few minutes to make, and then it really warms you through!" she raves.

Bryant also shares her favorite occasion to serve this hot beverage. "In England, we have a celebration on 5th November called bonfire night, where we stand outside and burn things and have fireworks," Bryant explains. "It's the perfect drink for that evening or any social evening outside in the autumn or wintertime. It's also great to make and put in a flask for New Years' fireworks standing outside in the cold!" How good does that sound? 

Gather the ingredients for this orange–cinnamon hot buttered rum recipe

This recipe mainly requires spices, so check your spice cabinet before heading to the store. You will need to get spiced rum, water, unsalted butter, an orange, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, star anise, and cinnamon sticks. "The secret ingredient in this is the orange zest, which isn't normally found in buttered rum," Bryant shares. "It adds a delicious orange zesty note, which pairs so well with the warming spice flavoring and takes the drink from good to great!"

Once you have those items, you can make this orange-cinnamon hot buttered rum recipe.

Add the spiced rum, the water, the butter, the orange peel, the brown sugar, the ground cinnamon, the nutmeg, and the star anise to the saucepan.

You will need to take out a small saucepan for the first step. Place it on your stove and throw in the spiced rum, water, butter, orange peel, brown sugar, ground cinnamon, nutmeg, and star anise.

If you want to swap some spices, that's fine. "Cloves are a great addition or sub for this recipe, and could be used in place of the star anise and/or the nutmeg," Bryant shares. "Cardamom is also a delicious sub and pairs really well with the orange."

Heat the mixture

Once the ingredients are loaded in, turn the heat on low to medium and continue cooking until the mixture gets hot and steamy. You don't want to boil this drink, so if you see bubbles reach the surface of the liquid, turn the heat down to a lower setting 

Strain the liquid

Grab a fine mesh sieve and place it over a pouring jug. Dump the contents of the saucepan into the sieve, making sure to take out all ingredients that are not liquid. Then, pour the liquid into two mugs and serve hot. You can also garnish with a cinnamon stick if you wish.

Serve and enjoy

Now, all there's left to do is sip and enjoy. This drink is lovely on its own, and Bryant explains why you don't need anything else. "This isn't the type of drink I would normally serve alongside food; it's quite heavy in its own right. It would be the kind of thing you'd serve later in the evening after dinner, in the same way you might have a hot chocolate in the evening," she shares.

And if you want to make it in advance, that's an option! "You can definitely make this ahead of time and reheat!" Bryant shares. "It keeps really well in the refrigerator, just make sure it is covered and stir when reheating." Cheers! 

Orange-Cinnamon Hot Buttered Rum Recipe
5 from 33 ratings
Learn how to make this orange-cinnamon hot buttered rum recipe that adds orange zest to a delicious hot beverage, which is great for a chilly evening.
Prep Time
Cook Time
hot buttered rum in mug
Total time: 10 minutes
  • 4oz spiced rum
  • 8oz water
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3 strips orange peel
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 star anise
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, to serve
  1. Place the spiced rum, the water, the butter, the orange peel, the brown sugar, the ground cinnamon, the nutmeg, and the star anise into a small saucepan. Heat on a low to medium temperature until the mixture is hot and steamy, but not boiling.
  2. Place a fine mesh sieve over a pouring jug and strain the contents of the pan, and then pour the orange cinnamon hot buttered rum into two mugs and serve hot, with a cinnamon stick for each drink if desired.
Calories per Serving 267
Total Fat 11.8 g
Saturated Fat 7.4 g
Trans Fat 0.5 g
Cholesterol 30.5 mg
Total Carbohydrates 9.0 g
Dietary Fiber 2.6 g
Total Sugars 4.5 g
Sodium 8.6 mg
Protein 0.5 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
Rate this recipe