Hot Buttered Whiskey Recipe

Dan George | Mantitlement

Hot buttered whiskey is a grown up night cap worth repeating. When it's cold outside, this is what you need!

Hot Buttered Whiskey Photo

This is a drink for all you whiskey lovers out there. Actually this is more like a drink for the rye whiskey lovers.

Rye whiskey is made from fermented mashed grain that is at least 51 percent rye, which is the legal requirement for making rye whiskey. It has a peppery flavor. Some people describe rye whiskey as the “grown up” whiskey since it’s flavors are less sweet than the traditional whiskeys.

Rye Whiskey was the original spirit base for the famous Manhattan cocktail, which I can tell you is pretty much the family standard drink around my house, and my in-laws', and their extended families... If you don’t know how to make a Manhattan around here, you might be out.

My wife and I visited Hudson Whiskey at Tuthilltown Spirits almost a year ago when I was first starting my blog. Hudson Whiskey produces Hudson Manhattan Rue Whiskey, which you can sample before you buy in their tasting room – and we did. I was surprised at how unbelievable smooth it was even though it had that “rye” whiskey edge.

Hot Buttered Whiskey Picture

Although there are a lot of hot buttered whiskey recipes that call for using actual butter, hence the name, I was searching for something that would really let the rye whiskey come through.

So instead of using butter, I whipped the cream for this hot buttered whiskey recipe until it was almost butter. Over beating the cream will get that soft-churned butter consistency, that leaves a creamy feeling on your tongue.

And then I added some pure maple syrup for a little sweetness. You could also add some homemade spiced chai mix to the whipped cream to kick up the spicy flavors of the cocktail even more.

This topping gets heaped on a hot mug of rye whiskey combined with ginger liquor and hot water. Top it off with some fresh grated nutmeg and you’ve got yourself a warm, spicy, rye whiskey cocktail!

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Hot Buttered Whiskey Recipe

  1 Servings


  • 1/2 cup Heavy Cream
  • 2 tablespoons Pure Maple Syrup
  • 2 ounces Rye Whiskey
  • 2 ounces Water, hot
  • 1 ounce Ginger Liqueur
  • Nutmeg, freshly grated
  • Fresh Rosemary, for garnish and stirring


  1. Add the cream to a bowl and blend with a hand mixer until a soft churned butter consistency forms. This will take a good 5 minutes.
  2. Add in the maple syrup and mix another 30 seconds.
  3. Place the whiskey, ginger liquor and the hot water into a mug and stir well.
  4. Top with a large scoop of the whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon or fresh grated nutmeg.


Cooking Method:
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Author: Dan George
Recipe Yields: 1 drink
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes

Nutrition Facts

Servings Per Recipe 1

Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat 352
Calories 758

% Daily Value*
Total Fat 44g
  Saturated Fat 27g
Sodium 51mg
Total Carbohydrate 40g
  Dietary Fiber 0g
  Sugars 33g
Protein 2g

* Percent Daily Value are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
** Nutrition Facts are estimated based on ingredients and data provided by Fat Secret. Please consult a doctor if you have special dietary needs.
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