Hot apple cider rum drink recipe

hot apple cider rum drink recipe
This post contains affiliate links and is a member of the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program. If you make a purchase using one of these affiliate or Amazon links, I may receive compensation at no extra cost to you.

Sharing is caring!

Get ready for the best hot apple cider rum drink recipe!

As the fall season sets in, there’s nothing quite like cozying up by the fireplace with a warm drink in hand. For me, hot apple cider has always been a favorite, and transforming it into a cocktail? Well, that’s just the ultimate indulgence.

Whether I’m returning from a day on the ski slopes or hosting a fall gathering, this hot apple cider with rum cocktail is my go-to. It’s a comforting blend of apple cider, dark rum, and aromatic mulling spices that fills your home with a wonderful, festive aroma. Sweet, spicy, and with just the right amount of boozy kick, it embodies everything I crave in a winter drink.

And I can’t wait to share it with you!

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of apple cider
  • 1 cup of dark rum
  • 1 orange
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup (adjust to taste)
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • A pinch of salt
  • Apple slices and cinnamon sticks for garnish

How to Make

  1. In a saucepan, combine the apple cider, the juice of the orange, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, honey or maple syrup, nutmeg, and salt.
  2. Heat the mixture over medium heat until it is hot but not boiling.
  3. Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  4. Remove from heat and strain out the spices.
  5. Stir in the rum.
  6. Taste and adjust the sweetness with more honey or maple syrup if needed.
  7. Serve hot in mugs, garnished with apple slices and a cinnamon stick.

About Mulling Spices

Mulling spices are a blend of spices used to flavor hot beverages like cider, wine, and ale. The most common mulling spices are cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, but you can also find blends that include star anise, allspice, and cardamom. These spices are usually simmered in the beverage to infuse their flavors and then strained out before serving.

Variations

This hot apple cider with rum cocktail is delicious as is, but you can also customize it to your taste or try something new. Here are some variations you might want to try:

  • Add Whipped Cream: Top your hot apple cider with a rum cocktail with a dollop of whipped cream. It will make it creamier and add a touch of sweetness. You can also sprinkle a little cinnamon or nutmeg on top of the whipped cream for a decorative touch.
  • Use a Different Alcohol: While dark rum is recommended for this recipe, you can also use spiced rum, bourbon, whiskey, or brandy. Each will add a different flavor to the drink.
  • Add Fruit: Add some sliced apples, oranges, or cranberries to the cider while it is simmering for added flavor and a festive touch.
  • Make it Spicier: If you like your drinks with a bit more kick, you can add more cinnamon, cloves, or even a few slices of fresh ginger to the cider while it is simmering.

How to Serve

Serve this hot apple cider with a rum cocktail in a mug, garnished with apple slices and a cinnamon stick. It is the perfect drink to enjoy by the fireplace or to serve at a holiday gathering. You can also make a big batch of it and keep it warm in a slow cooker for a party.

Make it a Mocktail

This recipe already includes rum, but you can make it non-alcoholic by simply omitting the rum. It will still be delicious and flavorful. If you want to make it a bit stronger, you can add more rum to taste.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I make this in advance?

Yes, you can make the apple cider mixture in advance and store it in the refrigerator. Just heat it up and add the rum before serving.

Can I use a different type of alcohol?

Yes, you can substitute the rum with bourbon, whiskey, or brandy.

Can I use store-bought mulling spices?

Yes, you can use store-bought mulling spices instead of the individual spices listed in the recipe.

Wrap Up

This hot apple cider with rum cocktail is the perfect drink for the colder months. It is warm, comforting, and full of flavor. The mulling spices give it a wonderful aroma and the rum adds just the right amount of kick. It is easy to make and can be adjusted to your taste. So grab a mug, get cozy by the fireplace, and enjoy!

hot apple cider rum drink recipe

Hot Apple Cider Rum Drink Recipe

It's a delightful blend of apple cider, dark rum, and aromatic mulling spices that fills your home with a wonderful, festive aroma. Sweet, spicy, and with just the right amount of boozy kick, it embodies everything I crave in a fall or winter drink.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Drinks
Servings 5 servings

Ingredients
  

  • 4 cups of apple cider
  • 1 cup of dark rum
  • 1 orange
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 2 star anise
  • 1 tablespoon of honey or maple syrup adjust to taste
  • A pinch of nutmeg
  • A pinch of salt
  • Apple slices and cinnamon sticks for garnish

Instructions
 

  • In a saucepan, combine the apple cider, the juice of the orange, cinnamon sticks, cloves, star anise, honey or maple syrup, nutmeg, and salt.
  • Heat the mixture over medium heat until it is hot but not boiling.
  • Reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 10-15 minutes to allow the flavors to meld.
  • Remove from heat and strain out the spices.
  • Stir in the rum.
  • Taste and adjust the sweetness with more honey or maple syrup if needed.
  • Serve hot in mugs, garnished with apple slices and a cinnamon stick.
Keyword apple cider, rum

Sharing is caring!

Similar Posts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating