Festive Rum Butter Punch Recipe

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serves: 1
Skill: easy

After you’ve had this rum butter punch once it’ll become one of your favourite winter or Christmas cocktails forever. Hot buttered rum or rum toddies are a traditional drink at Christmas time. It has been drunk in the US and the UK for many years during autumn and winter, and traditionally contains rum, a little butter, and warming spices like cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. 

If you’re throwing a Christmas cocktails party for friends and family, then why not mix up a batch of this traditional cocktail? Just multiply the quantities in our easy cocktail recipe to cater for a crowd. When it comes to the butter, a little goes a long way. You use hardly any butter, but it gives the drink a silkiness that sets it apart from other rum cocktails.  

Rum butter punch is perfect for Christmas because of its wonderfully fragrant spices. Just like mulled wine, it’s perfumed with cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves all working well. Once you’ve mastered the basic recipe, you can experiment with other flavours from the spice cupboard – try a dash of vanilla extract, star anise, cardamom or a few fennel seeds.

When it comes to serving up this lovely Christmas cocktail you can give people individual glasses or make up a big punch bowl and let people help themselves. For a festive addition you could add in slices of citrus fruit and a few sprigs of redcurrants. Just don’t forget the ladle. This cocktail will keep for a couple of days in the fridge. Simple pop into clean bottles and leave covered for a couple of days. When you want to drink it just warm through and serve. Ready to give it a go? Follow our easy recipe below and it’ll be ready in no time. 


Recipe courtesy of Ron Zacapa


  • 50ml Ron Zacapa
  • Small fingernail of butter
  • Pinch of any spice including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, cardamom
  • 10ml honey or agave nectar
  • 30ml hot water


  • Add all ingredients to a punch bowl, stir and serve.

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