Hot Apple Cider (Spiked With Rum)

Hot Apple Cider (Spiked With Rum)

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Fall in New England can’t be beat.  I live in the south now, but it’s trips to New England in the fall that really keep my deep love for the season alive.  Pumpkin patches and hay rides along with pie and scarves just can’t be beat by cooler temps on the beach. Hot apple cider spiked with rum – that calls my name.


There is absolutely nothing better on a crisp fall afternoon than a mug of hot apple cider.  Spike it with rum and it’s even better!  This is an easy to make recipe for homemade hot apple cider that’s mulled on the stove in a quickly.


Make it how you like it

There’s a recipe to follow, for those who go by the book.  However; you should feel free to make this recipe your own.  For instance, I have developed this recipe to include cardamom.  It’s a warm spice that I haven’t used nearly enough.  Cardamom is usually part of the apple spice mix you would use to make a pie.

Do you like to sometimes fancy things up a bit? Perhaps you’re going to make several different warm fall cocktails to make a cider bar and want to make a mulled cider like this stand out? Sugar the rim of the mug with cinnamon sugar spice.

Whatever it is you do – make it your own – it will be something special!


Hot Apple Cider (Spiked with Rum)

  • 2 quarts fresh apple cider
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cardamom
  • 1 tsp allspice
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • 8 each cinnamon sticks (place two in each mug)

Optional ingredients

  • 1/2 cup cinnamon sugar to coat rims of mugs
  • 10 each star anise for garnish

Hot Apple Cider (Spiked with Rum)

  1. Stud the apple with the cloves.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients minus the rum together in a sauce pan and bring the saucepan a simmer.
  3. Lower the heat and simmer at low on the stove for 20 minutes.
  4. Spoon the cider into the mugs (removing the apple), and add two cinnamon sticks to each mug to garnish


Use cinnamon sugar on the rim of the mug along with star anise for additional garnish.

How to serve your hot apple cider spiked with rum

    1. You can serve this fall favorite up any way you like.  One of my favorite ways is to transfer the cider into a warm slow cooker and have the slow cooker on warm all afternoon into the evening. That way guests can simply fill up their mug when their ready.
    2. Another option for serving this delicious concoction is to set up a fall cocktail bar that also has little nibbles available for munching.  Make 100% sure that if there are children present that non-alcoholic beverages are clearly marked if you aren’t going to keep them in a separate place (which I highly recommend).
    3. Still another option is to whip it up after dinner and bring already prepped and garnished mugs out to guests as an after dinner drink.

Pair the cider

You can always add some fun party food to a cider bar, or if you’re serving it up after dinner, bake a pie and keep your get-together simple!




Share the love

Print out this recipe and attach it to a large scented pinecone tied with a fall colored ribbon for a simple take home gift for guests.  A second option is to tie the recipe card to a tiny bottle of rum.

Enjoy your fall, and let me know how your Hot Apple Cider Spiked with Rum turns out!




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