Hot buttered rum cocktail

Mixology master Frankie Walker says Hot Buttered Rum is great for sharing – you can make up a batch in advance. It’s also a classic cocktail, with its roots very much in Jamaica.

  • 10 mins cooking
  • Serves 5
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Hot buttered rum cocktail
  • 200 millilitre jamaican rum
  • 100 millilitre hot water
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 heaped dessertspoon soft brown sugar
  • a few turns of black pepper
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 10 cloves
  • 5 small knobs butter, to finish


Hot buttered rum cocktail
  • 1
    Put all ingredients except butter in a saucepan and heat gently. Stir well, ensuring sugar is dissolved.
  • 2
    Meanwhile, warm a heavy jug or similar pouring vessel with hot water, to prevent it breaking when hot drink is added.
  • 3
    Strain hot rum into the heated jug. Pour equal amounts into tumblers or tea cups, then add a small knob of butter to each serving.

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