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 and fresh blueberries. 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
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
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 really fun addition to this cocktail and make for great entertaining.
Spiked Mulled Apple Cider
The Recipe: Easy Hot 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: For those entertaining a large crowd, Joyful Healthy Eats' Krista Rollins reveals that "this recipe makes enough for 16, so it’s a great party cocktail!"
Why We Love It: This drink can easily be made into a mocktail version for family-friendly affairs simply by leaving out the rum.
Hot Buttered Rum
The Recipe: Slow Cooker Hot Buttered Rum
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...well, smooth as 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: Yes, hot buttered rum is a labor of love, but it's one that's well worth it.
Apple Hot Buttered Rum
The Recipe: Honeycrisp 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' 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: Unfortunately, fresh apples can't be incorporated into every fall cocktail, but this drink pulls it off oh so well.
Spiced Pineapple Rum Hot Toddy
The Recipe: Spiced Pineapple Rum Hot Toddy
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, but this boozy drink is one that can help with digestion due to the ingredients used.
Boozy Chai Latte
The Recipe: Boozy Chai Latte
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 Cocktail
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 & 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.