There's nothing quite as satisfying as winding down with a warm rum cocktail on a cold day. While most rum cocktails that are heated tend to be tea-based, there are a number of cozy sips that call for other ingredients, like apple cider, orange liqueur, and vanilla ice cream. From boozy spiced teas to decadent hot buttered rums, the cocktails ahead will have you eager to run over to the stove to craft your next hot rum concoction.
Here are our picks for the best hot rum cocktails to keep you warm this winter.
Chai Tea Cocktail
The Recipe: Sweet + Spicy Chai Tea Cocktail by Hello Glow
The Hero Ingredient: You'll likely find that apple cider is a key ingredient in a number of hot fall cocktails. It's tart, invitingly sweet and is a seasonal sip that is super versatile.
Pro Tip: You gotta love a garnish with purpose, and Hello Glow's Stephanie Gerber reveals that the orange slice on this cocktail is for more than just aesthetics. "An orange slice garnish adds a bright citrus scent as you’re drinking, which complements the richness and depth of the chai spices," she says.
Why We Love It: From the apple cider to the chai tea, there's just so much flavor in this cocktail. And the fact that it's served warm only elevates the taste.
Winter Tea Rum Punch
The Recipe: Winter Tea Rum Punch by Sugar Salted
The Hero Ingredient: Fresh is always better, and this cocktail is no different. The use of fresh oranges adds a welcome level of authentic flavor to this unique take on rum punch.
Pro Tip: Instead of using added sugar, Alice of Sugar Salted recommends using sugar swizzle sticks to add sweetness. "While I do use honey to make the punch sweet, I went a little overboard with this recipe and decided to add sugar swizzle stick," she reveals.
Why We Love It: The sugar swizzle sticks are a whimsical addition to this cocktail and make for great entertaining.
Spiked Mulled Apple Cider
The Hero Ingredient: Rum, brandy, and bourbon are all recommended as options for this drink, but with its rich flavor, rum is certainly a worthy pick.
Pro Tip: This drink can easily be made into a mocktail version for family-friendly affairs simply by leaving out the rum.
Why We Love It: The hot rum drink is perfect for entertaining a large crowd. Joyful Healthy Eats's Krista Rollins reveals that "this recipe makes enough for 16, so it’s a great party cocktail!"
Hot Buttered Rum
The Recipe: Slow-Cooker Hot Buttered Rum by Boulder Locavore
The Hero Ingredient: Although a slow cooker is certainly more tool than it is ingredient, it works in a way that blends all the ingredients in the cocktail in such a delicious way.
Pro Tip: For a hot buttered rum that's smooth as, well, butter, consider straining your concoction when it's finished. "Sometimes when butter melts, it releases solids which look almost like small wet bread crumbs that will float on top as well. I prefer to strain the mixture through a fine sieve and return it to the slow cooker in order to remove any leftover butter solids and the loose spices once the mixture has cooked," says Toni Dash of Boulder Locavore.
Why We Love It: Not only does the recipe result in a hot rum cocktail that's silky-smooth and not overly sweet, it fills the air with its deliciously spicy fragrance while simmering in the slow cooker.
Apple Hot Buttered Rum
The Hero Ingredient: With the addition of honeycrisp syrup, this hot buttered rum cocktail gives off delicious similarities to a boozy apple cider.
Pro Tip: If you don't have all the ingredients to make the honeycrisp syrup or would prefer an easier method, Yes To Yolks's Molly Claire Reilly suggests using apple cider instead. "Or, in a pinch, you could probably sub out the syrup altogether with apple cider. Just make sure to use something fresh and delicious," she says.
Why We Love It: Because this hot rum cocktail is so rich and decadent, it's a dessert and an after-dinner drink in one. A total twofer.
Spiced Pineapple Rum Hot Toddy
The Recipe: Spiced Pineapple Rum Hot Toddy by Cotter Crunch
The Hero Ingredient: Most hot toddy recipes don't call for the addition of creamer, but this one does—and the added decadence is very much welcome.
Pro Tip: Rather than using additional sugar, Cotter Crunch's Lindsay Cotter uses natural pineapple concentrate for this sip. "I replaced the extra sugar with pineapple juice," she says. "Which also happens to contain bromelain, an enzyme that can help breakdown protein for better digestion. It also has anti-inflammatory properties is loaded with Vitamin C."
Why We Love It: Believe it or not, this boozy drink can help with digestion due to the ingredients used.
Boozy Chai Latte
The Recipe: Boozy Chai Latte by What Should I Make For
The Hero Ingredient: A subtle helping of Cointreau (or any other orange liqueur) adds a nice balance of sweet and tart to this boozy latte.
Pro Tip: Blending the ingredients in this cocktail creates a frothy texture, according to Cathy Roma of What Should I Make For. "Add the rum and orange liqueur and buzz with an immersion blender or blend in a blender until frothy," she explains.
Why We Love It: Frothy, sweet, tart, and warm, this cocktail has all the right components for a delicious fall drink.
Apple Cider Cocktail
The Recipe: Easy Apple Cider Cockail by Sugar and Cloth
The Hero Ingredient: The addition of cloves to this warm, rum cocktail adds a hint of spice and an inviting scent.
Pro Tip: Ashley Rose of Sugar and Cloth reveals that this apple cider cocktail is quite versatile. It can be served either warm or cold, and is also easy to turn into a mocktail. "You can also serve it warm as a spiced drink, or chilled as a refreshing punch," she says. "It truly is the perfect beverage for large holiday gatherings."
Why We Love It: The recipe for this cocktail creates several servings, making it ideal for entertaining a large crowd.
Hot Buttered Rum
The Recipe: Hot Buttered Rum by The Modern Proper
The Hero Ingredient: The addition of vanilla ice cream gives this hot buttered rum recipe extra sweetness and depth of flavor.
Pro Tip: Use Tillamook-brand ice cream for this recipe. No brand sponsorship here: "It’s just our favorite ice cream for making buttered rum," attest Holly Erickson and Natalie Mortimer, the recipe's creators.
Why We Love It: The holidays are all about indulging and imbibing (responsibly), and this recipe allows you to do just that. And with butter, two different kinds of sugar, vanilla ice cream, spices, and rum in every mugful, what's not to like?
The batter mix of this hot buttered rum recipe is great for gift-giving. Just whip up a batch of the mix, then freeze it in jars or other freezer-safe containers. When it comes time for gift-giving, present each jar with a recipe card, a bottle of rum, and a flourish of festive ribbon.
Pumpkin Spice Hot Buttered Rum
The Hero Ingredient: Pumpkin pie spice (a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves) elevates this hot rum cocktail with robust flavors and seasonal flair.
Pro Tip: Add the hot buttered rum mix to a mug of coffee for a rich and frothy start to your day.
Why We Love It: Low in carbs and sugar, this recipe allows you to indulge in hot buttered rum while adhering to a keto meal plan. It's lightly sweetened with sugar-free maple syrup and golden monkfruit, while a dash of vanilla extract and a sprinkle of pumpkin spice give the hot rum drink a taste that transcends dietary preferences.