There's nothing quite like warming up with a mug of Hot Buttered Bourbon in the wintertime! This iconic and retro cocktail combines bourbon with a sweet and spicy cinnamon butter batter and is all melted together in hot water. Then top it all off with whipped cream for the ultimate indulgence!
As a Kentucky native, bourbon is a big deal to me and has always been my go-to spirit. Cocktails like this Bourbon Apple Cider Old Fashioned, Bourbon Spiked Apple Cider Mimosa, Spiced Cranberry Old Fashioned, or French 95 AKA a French 75 with Bourbon, are in my constant rotation. After watching a few classic movies and hearing them talk about hot buttered rum, I really wanted to develop a hot buttered bourbon recipe. This recipe came from that, and it's so comforting, delicious, and pure coziness in a glass.
⭐ Why I Love This Recipe:
- It's the ultimate comfort cocktail! This warm and cozy drink is full of the season's best flavors.
- It's full of the best Fall/Winter spices. Cinnamon, allspice, clove, and maple syrup make this the ultimate cold-weather cocktail!
- It is an easy but sophisticated drink to serve. This is so easy to make, but it makes such a statement for guests.
🥘 Key Ingredients:
- Salted Butter: the butter and the bourbon are the stars of the show in this drink, so I highly recommend using a high-quality butter like Kerrygold.
- Brown Sugar and Maple Syrup: these sweeten the butter and add sweetness to the cocktail. The maple syrup and brown add a nice deep sweetness.
- Spices: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and allspice add flavor, warmth, and spice to the bourbon and water.
- Bourbon: bourbon is the spirt for this cocktail, which goes so well with the spiced butter.
See recipe card for quantities.
🥃 What's The Best Bourbon For This Cocktail?
I love a classic bourbon like Buffalo Trace, Old Forester 1910, or Woodford Reserve for a cocktail with this much spice.
🔪 How To Make This Recipe:
Step 1: Make the batter by beating the butter, sugar, maple syrup, and spices together.
Step 2: Add 1 ½ tablespoons of the butter to a heat-proof glass.
Step 3: Add in the bourbon.
Step 4: Pour in hot water and stir until the butter completely melts. Then top with whipped cream or add a cinnamon stick.
💭 Expert Tips:
- Use the highest quality butter, like Kerrygold, for the best flavor.
- If the butter starts to separate, just give it a little stir.
- Top with whipped cream for a really indulgent treat.
- Use the leftover batter as a spread for bread, biscuits, or bagels! It's essentially a sweetened and spiced whipped butter, and it's absolutely delicious!
- You can switch the maple syrup out for honey.
- Use apple cider or brewed chai tea instead of hot water for an even more flavorful beverage.
How To Store The Butter Batter:
The batter will be kept in a sealed container at room temperature for two days and in the fridge for two weeks.
The batter is enough for 8-10 cocktails.
Yes! Simply add all the batter to a crockpot, then top with 2 ½ cups bourbon and 7 ½ cups hot water, stir, and keep it warm.
Yes! I would replace the water with hot apple cider and omit the bourbon.
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This iconic and retro cocktail combines bourbon with a sweet and spicy cinnamon butter batter and is all melted together in hot water.
For the batter:
- ½ cup salted butter
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- ¼ cup maple syrup
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 2 ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ¼ tsp ground clove
- ⅛ ground nutmeg
- ¾ tsp allspice
For the cocktail:
- 1 ½ -2 tablespoons spiced butter
- 2 ounces bourbon
- 6 ounces very hot water
- Start by making the batter. Beat the butter, spices, sugar, maple syrup, vanilla, and spices together until well blended and fluffy.
- Then start boiling your water.
- Add 1 ½ -2 tablespoons batter to a heat-proof glass.
- Top with the hot water and stir until the butter has melted.
- Garnish with a cinnamon stick or top with whipped cream.
High-fat European style butter is highly recommended.
Near boiling water is perfect for melting the butter batter