Hot Butterbeer Cocktail

Based on the classic hot buttered rum, this cocktail gets its richness from a saucepan of homemade butterscotch. Don't be intimidated by the process—it's easier than you think. When blended with seltzer, the sweet sauce magically bubbles up into a warming concoction you'll want to drink all winter long.

Hot Butterbeer Cocktail
Photo: Casey Barber
Active Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
10 mins


  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, cubed

  • ½ cup dark brown sugar (see Tip)

  • ¼ cup heavy cream

  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract

  • Pinch of salt

  • cup maple whiskey or bourbon

  • 2 cups plain seltzer


  1. Melt butter in a small (1-quart) heavy-bottomed saucepan. Add brown sugar; bring to a simmer, whisking constantly until the texture goes from the consistency of wet sand to smooth and slightly lighter in color.

  2. Whisk in cream; continue to cook, whisking occasionally, until the sauce thickens, 4 to 5 minutes more. Remove from heat; whisk in vanilla and salt.

  3. Meanwhile, in a separate saucepan, warm whiskey (or bourbon) and seltzer just until simmering. Whisk into the butterscotch mixture and watch the drink magically bubble and foam.

  4. Divide between 4 heatproof glasses and serve immediately.


Tip: If you prefer your drink less sweet, you can reduce the sugar to 1/3 or 1/4 cup.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

256 Calories
11g Fat
28g Carbs
1g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 256
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 28g 10%
Total Sugars 27g
Protein 1g 2%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 32mg 11%
Vitamin A 398IU 8%
Sodium 74mg 3%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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