Spiced Butter Batter | Traditional Hot Buttered Rum Ingredient

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Why Make a Batter

The best way to make this is to make the batter and set it in the fridge for several days before you use it. But you don’t have to make this into a batter if you don’t want to. You could just add all these ingredients individually to each drink if you wanted, but a batter is much easier to work with and results in a consistent drink every time. It also results in a slightly more flavorful drink. The oils in the butter help extract the flavors from the spices. Likes dissolve and extract likes, so the yummy flavorful oils in the spices are slowly pulled out by the oils in the butter. Alcohol will also bond to oils but by making the batter and letting it set in the fridge for a couple days, the oil is given a nice long period of time to pull out flavors. This way the drink doesn’t end up just being buttery but spiced and flavorful.

Why You Should Always Have Spiced Butter Batter Around

This stuff is fantastic. It’s amazing. I don’t really like sweets, and I don’t mean that in a I’m into working out way kind of way, I’m fat and stupid, I’m just not that into sweets. Although I LOVE this spiced butter, and I put it on everything. My kids love it too. We make biscuits, toast, pancakes, muffins, waffles, etc and this stuff kills it.

There are not too many drinks this goes into and its mostly relegated as an ingredient for only the really old drinks. That being said this makes the best hot buttered rum I’ve ever had, and I’ve had a lot. I also use this as the buttering element in my own hot buttered beer recipe and its out of this world. Donn Beach did try to update this with a tiki spin and use a variation of it in his pearl diver. Butter is not really well suited for cold drinks though and additional emulsifiers or a high speed blender are needed to incorporate it properly.


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Spiced Butter Batter | Traditional Hot Buttered Rum Ingredient

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A classic spiced butter batter for hot buttered rum and other hot buttered drinks.


  • 1/2 cup Unsalted Butter

  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar

  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract

  • 1/4 tsp Ground Allspice

  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cloves

  • 1/4 tsp Ground Nutmeg

  • 1/4 tsp Ground Cinnamon


  • On very low heat or using a double boiler, just melt the butter and then turn off the heat. Don’t cook and separate the butter, just melt it.
  • Next simply add all the other ingredients to the melted butter.
  • Stir till the brown sugar has fully mixed in. Cover spiced butter batter and refrigerate.

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