9 Hot Rum Drinks to Warm Up Your Evening

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On the cold nights when you can finally unwind on the couch, snuggle for warmth and up the romance with a warm rum drink. Hot rum drinks don't need to be saved for cold winter nights either, they hit the spot during any unusually chilly summer night when you're enjoying time on the deck with a loved one or just as well in mid-October when you're watching them rake leaves and you helpfully offer a beverage. Warm rum drinks can seem limited to hot buttered rum, but there's a wide world of choices for you to make to suit any mood.

Hot Buttered Rum

A hot buttered rum is a picture-perfect way to enjoy holidays with friends and family or curled up on the couch, enjoying some rare silence.

Hot Buttered Rum

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter
  • 1 dash pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cloves
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 ounces rum
  • Hot water to top off
  • Whipped cream or cinnamon stick for garnish

Instructions

  1. Warm a mug by filling with hot water.
  2. After mug is warm to touch, pour out the water.
  3. In the mug, combine the brown sugar, butter, and vanilla extract.
  4. Stir to combine well.
  5. Add rum.
  6. Top off with hot water.
  7. Garnish with whipped cream or cinnamon stick.

Rum Hot Toddy

A classic hot toddy is a home remedy for colds typically made with bourbon. But incorporating rum complements the honey and lemon in new ways.

Rum Hot Toddy

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces rum
  • ½ ounce freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • ½ ounce honey, to taste
  • Boiling water
  • Black tea, optional
  • Lemon wheel for garnish
  • Cloves for garnish
  • Cinnamon stick for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Warm a mug by filling it with hot water.
  2. Prepare a cup of hot black tea if desired.
  3. After mug is warm to touch, pour out the water.
  4. In the mug, combine the rum, lemon juice, honey, and either hot water or prepared black tea.
  5. Stir to combine well.
  6. To prepare garnish, pierce lemon wheel with cloves.
  7. Garnish with lemon wheel with cloves and cinnamon stick.

Rum Hot Chocolate

If you want something sweet, this is a great option. Warm drinks don't need to be complicated; you can use a hot chocolate mix or opt to make it from scratch if you have a preferred recipe.

Rum Hot Chocolate

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces rum
  • 1 packet instant hot chocolate
  • Marshmallows for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Warm a mug by filling with hot water.
  2. After mug is warm to touch, pour out the water.
  3. Prepare hot chocolate mix according to instructions.
  4. Add hot chocolate and rum to mug.
  5. Garnish with marshmallows.

Creamy Rum Coffee

A more indulgent version of a simple rum and coffee, it's ideal for when you want a pick-me-up on a Sunday afternoon.

Creamy Rum Coffee

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces rum
  • ½ ounce simple syrup
  • Heavy cream to taste
  • Coffee to top off
  • Whipped cream for garnish

Instructions

  1. Warm a mug by filling with hot water.
  2. After mug is warm to touch, pour out the water.
  3. Add rum, simple syrup, half & half, and coffee.
  4. Garnish with whip cream.

Vanilla Rum Coffee Swirl

A sweeter take on coffee drinks, this recipe emphasizes the vanilla notes found in rum. The three coffee bean garnish symbolizes health, wealth, and happiness.

Vanilla Rum Coffee Swirl

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces rum
  • ¾ ounce vanilla simple syrup
  • Half & half to taste
  • Coffee to top off
  • Whip cream and 3 whole coffee beans for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Warm a mug by filling with hot water.
  2. After mug is warm to touch, pour out the water.
  3. Add rum, simple syrup, half & half, and coffee.
  4. Garnish with whip cream and 3 coffee beans.

Nutty Rum Coffee

This warm rum drink provides full flavor but isn't as sweet as other coffee drinks thanks to the bitters.

Nutty Rum Coffee

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces rum
  • 2 dashes walnut bitters
  • 2 dashes chocolate bitters
  • Half & half to taste
  • Coffee to top off
  • Cocoa powder for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Warm a mug by filling with hot water.
  2. After mug is warm to touch, pour out the water.
  3. Add rum, bitters, half & half, and coffee.
  4. Lightly dust top of coffee with cocoa powder.

Creamy Coconut Coffee

A perfect combination of hot buttered rum and rum coffee, this warm drink will delight if you can't decide which to have.

Creamy Coconut Coffee

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces rum
  • ¾ ounce cream of coconut
  • 2 dashes toasted almond bitters
  • 1 tablespoon melted unsalted butter
  • Cream to taste
  • Coffee
  • Hot water
  • Whipped cream for garnish.

Instructions

  1. Warm a mug by filling with hot water.
  2. After mug is warm to touch, pour out the water.
  3. Fill mug halfway with coffee and add cream of coconut.
  4. Stir vigorously until cream of coconut has dissolved.
  5. Add bitters and cream.
  6. Garnish with whip cream.

Chai Tea Rum

Chai tea is a decadent treat during cool months, but adding rum to chai elevates the spiced notes.

Chai Tea Rum

Ingredients

  • 2 ounces spiced rum
  • Chai tea of your choice
  • Milk to taste
  • Honey to taste
  • ¾ ounce hazelnut liqueur
  • Hot water
  • Whipped cream and cinnamon stick for garnish, optional

Instructions

  1. Warm a mug by filling with hot water.
  2. Prepare chai tea according to taste and instructions.
  3. While tea is hot, add honey. Stir to dissolve.
  4. Add milk if desired.
  5. After mug is warm to touch, pour out the water.
  6. In the mug, add chai tea mix, rum, and hazelnut liqueur.
  7. Garnish with whipped cream and cinnamon stick.

Warm Eggnog

While you might enjoy eggnog chilled, it makes a great drink when it's warmed up as well. You can make your eggnog by scratch or use pre-made eggnog, whatever makes you happiest.

Warm Eggnog

Ingredients

  • 2 egg yolks
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ ounce vanilla extract
  • 6 ounces milk
  • 2 ounces heavy cream
  • 2 ounces rum
  • Grated nutmeg for garnish

Instructions

  1. In a bowl, beat egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla extract until fluffy.
  2. In a saucepan, heat the milk and heavy cream until it simmers, whisking constantly.
  3. Slowly introduce the egg mixture one spoonful at a time into the saucepan, mixing well and stirring constantly over low heat until the mixture thickens.
  4. Warm a mug by filling with hot water.
  5. After mug is warm to touch, pour out the water.
  6. In the mug, add rum and eggnog mix.
  7. Garnish with grated nutmeg.

Hot Rum Drinks to Have and Enjoy

Warm rum drinks can be a quick and easy replacement for bourbon drinks when you're looking for something to drink and warm up but want to try something new. Great to enjoy at night with a book or with friends and family during the holidays, warm drinks can be as unique as the situation in which they're being enjoyed.

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