Hazelnut Hot Buttered Rum – A Holiday Treat

Hot Buttered Rum
Hazelnut Hot Buttered Rum

I never knew I needed Hot Buttered Rum in my life… then I tried it. And this quickly has replaced many of my favorite holiday warm boozy drinks.

You can find hundreds of basic hot buttered rum recipes online, but this twist on the classic uses a lovely combo of spices along with the addition of hazelnut liqueur that will be the highlight of your boozy holiday dreams!

What is Hot Buttered Rum?

Hot Buttered Rum is pretty much what it sounds like…a warm holiday drink with rum and butter! This already wins in my book! It stands pretty tall amongst other holiday favorites like Mulled Wine, Wassel, Hot Toddies, and Boozy Hot Cocoa. But I must say Hot Buttered Rum is now topping my list of things I need to really make it feel like Christmas around here!

Besides rum and butter, there are usually ground spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, or cloves to really bring all the flavors of the season into the mix. Finally, some brown sugar or honey and hot water and you have yourself a winner! Don’t forget to garnish with a cinnamon stick!

What is in the Hazelnut Hot Buttered Rum?

For our version, we prefer to use a good quality dark rum. Dark rum already has notes of brown sugar and spices, so it is a no-brainer in this. We added some hazelnut liqueur (Frangelico) and the hazelnut flavors took this from basic to incredible! We highly recommend trying this version even if you have never had the classic Hot Buttered Rum.

We used a combo of ground nutmeg and cinnamon for the spices in this version, and added brown sugar. One tablespoon of butter and hot water are then added and the drink is ready! It is probably one of the easiest warm holiday drinks you can make!


You definitely want to serve this with some gingersnaps, Linzer cookies, or gingerbread cakes, like THESE with Cranberry Cream Cheese glaze from Leisurefanclub.com.

If you give this a try, leave us a comment below or tag us on Instagram @cooking_with_wine!

Try out some of our other Holiday favorites:

Hazelnut Hot Buttered Rum

4 from 9 votes
Recipe by Angela and Mark Course: Drinks and CocktailsCuisine: AmericanDifficulty: Easy


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A twist on the classic Hot Buttered Rum with Hazelnut Liqueur.


  • 10 oz 10 boiling water

  • 4 oz 4 Dark Rum

  • 1 oz 1 Hazelnut Liqueur (Frangelico)

  • 1 tbsp 1 Butter

  • 2 tbsp 2 Brown Sugar

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 ground Nutmeg

  • 1/2 tsp 1/2 ground Cinnamon


  • Combine all ingredients in a mug and stir with a cinnamon stick. When butter is melted, serve.


  • We use giant mugs, so you can certainly reduce the size of this for normal sized mugs if you wish. OR…make more than one 🙂

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