Hot Buttered Brandy, a Warming Winter Drink

This hot buttered brandy starts trending on LinsFood as soon as the temperatures dip “properly” in October. I’m not surprised really, as it’s a deliciously warming drink on cold days. Especially when it’s wet or snowing.

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Hot Buttered Brandy

Hot Buttered Brandy Recipe

It’s a super easy recipe, which always helps. Much like mulled wine and mulled cider, it’s a case of simmering some water, sugar and spices first. Then we top it up with our brandy of choice.

This hot buttered brandy takes only 5 minutes to make and will warm you right down to your bones!

Similar drinks are made with all sorts of spirits, Hot Toddy, with whisky is one you’ve probably heard of. You can also make Hot Buttered Rum, Hot Buttered Gin and whatever else that you think might work!

it’s a glorious drink!

LinsFood’s Hot Buttered Brandy Recipe

I’ve updated this recipe a little for today’s post.

  • First, I reduced the water in the original recipe by half, making for a more potent drink all around, not just by abv, but also flavour and aroma.
  • And secondly, I added a tiny, tiny amount of vanilla to the drink (just a drop or two), and it was like a piece to the puzzle I didn’t even know was missing. It completes the drink in a wonderful way.

For all of you who’ve tried the old recipe, you’re going to love this new and improved hot buttered brandy! Trust me!

And that’s all there is to it. Shall we get our aprons on?

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Mrs Natwright

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Lin xx

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hot buttered brandy

Hot Buttered Brandy, a Warming Winter Drink

Hot Buttered Brandy, with hints of vanilla, the perfect winter drink to warm away all those chills!
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Course: Drinks
Cuisine: British
Keyword: drinks
Prep Time: 3 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2
Calories: 185kcal
Author: Azlin Bloor


  • 125 ml water
  • 1 Tbsp light brown soft sugar
  • 1 tsp salted butter
  • 1 small cinnamon stick
  • 1 clove
  • 2 drops vanilla extract
  • 125 ml brandy


  • Place the water, sugar, butter and spices in a small saucepan and bring to a gentle simmer on low heat.
  • Stir to dissolve and mix the butter and simmer for 1 minute.
  • Take it off the heat and stir in the vanilla.
  • Divide the hot water mix into two brandy glasses or any glass of your choice.
  • Top with half the brandy in each glass.
  • Stir to mix and serve immediately.


Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 5mg | Sodium: 27mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 62IU
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13 thoughts on “Hot Buttered Brandy, a Warming Winter Drink”

  1. Just made a “cheat” single serving with tiny amounts of powdered spice and 50ml brandy / water in the microwave with a pinch of salt and margarine instead of butter. Used the proper sugar though.

    Tasty!!! Hit the spot.

  2. 5 stars
    This drink sounds delicious, perfect for the holidays coming up! I plan to bring this to our holiday family gathering! Thanks for the recipe share!

  3. 5 stars
    This was so delicious! MY first time having buttered brandy- it was a hit with all my friends! (Reminded me of butter kopi!!)

  4. Amy Liu Dong

    5 stars
    It looks like an easy to make and delicious drink to have while sitting by my fireplace.

  5. 5 stars
    Marvellous! Sitting by my fire, having this right now. We don’t seem to have any brown sugar, so just made do with white. But it’s beautiful! Thank you, lovely.

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