While the temperatures won’t be too cool this weekend here in the Carolinas, I will definitely be taking my kids around trick-or-treating with a hot beverage in my hands. And since Halloween falls on a Saturday, that hot beverage will obviously contain some kind of liquor. Specifically, I’ll be making this Hot Buttered & Boozy Cider.

I’m not sure whose idea it was to float a pat of butter in a hot drink but it’s genius. Such a random idea but oh so delicious. (Word to the wise – one should not make a practice of drinking melted butter. This is a special treat.)

Hot Buttered & Boozy Cider

recipe is per drink


6 oz. apple cider
1.5 oz. dark rum (sometimes I use bourbon)
dash of maple syrup
1 tsp – 1 tbsp butter (depending on how decadent you want to be)

Heat up your apple cider in either a saucepan or the microwave to a low simmer. Remove from heat, stir in rum and maple syrup. Pour into glass mug and drop your teaspoon of butter on top.

Happy Halloween!!