DIY hot buttered rum gift basket recipe

Give the gift of hot buttered rum

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The perfect Thanksgiving hostess or Christmas gift for the foodie in your life, this hot buttered rum kit is one part quick and easy and two parts thoughtful.

Hot buttered rum is a toasty holiday beverage that makes a thoughtful and comforting homemade gift. With this gift basket, all your friend has to provide is the hot water!

DIY hot buttered rum gift basket recipe

Serves 6


  • Hot buttered rum batter:
  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 3/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 2 pinches cloves
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest

Gift kit:

  • 1 half-pint jar with airtight lid
  • 1 pen or marker
  • 1 blank marking tag or label
  • Gift basket or bag
  • 1 small bottle (at least 7-1/2 ounces) dark or spiced rum
  • 2-4 microwave-safe mugs


  1. Mix the butter, brown sugar, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, clove and orange zest in a small bowl until a uniform batter-like mixture has been achieved.
  2. Spoon the mixture into the airtight jar and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to give your gift.
  3. To put together your gift, use a pen or marker to write on the tag with the instructions below and affix it to the jar. Place it in a gift bag or basket with the bottle of rum and the mugs. Store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to give it as a gift. It can safely stay out of the fridge for an hour or 2 awaiting your gift exchange.

Instructions for the tag:

Mix 2 tablespoons batter with 1-1/4 ounces rum and 3/4 cup boiling water.

Cook's notes:

  • The butter mix can be refrigerated for up to 2 months or frozen for up to 1 year (per Wikipedia).
  • For kid-friendly buttered “rum,” use a little rum extract in place of the rum or mix some molasses with a little pineapple juice and some almond extract.
  • Dark brown sugar will add more depth.
  • Spiced rum will make the mix extra-spicy.
  • To divide this recipe among multiple people, use flasks or individual (airplane) sized rum bottles and smaller jars and reduce the number of mugs as needed.

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Heather Barnett is a freelance writer and foodie whose work has been featured in blogs, websites, magazines, and TV and radio ads. She spends her free time relaxing with her soulmate, Keith; her dog, Mosby "The Fly Slayer;" and Felix the Fish. You can follow her on Twitter @HireHeather.