Spiced Apple Cider Cocktail

Author: Kris Lodhi

This spiked apple cider is an all-time family favorite. It’s a delicious way to transition to fall with its seasonal flavors. I like to premake my spiced apple cider and store it in the refrigerator for easy and quick serving.  It can be enjoyed hot or cold, spiked or without libation.

Makes 1
  • 1 ounce spiced rum (bourbon pairs nicely if your spiced apple cider has orange in it)
  • 1 cup premade spiced apple cider
  • ¼ teaspoon pure maple syrup if more sweetener is desired

  • 1 slice apple
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • whip cream is optional (for hot version).

  1. Fill mug or glass (16 ounces) quarter way with ice (for cold version). Top with rum and add your spiced apple cider. Stir well.
  2. Garnish with an apple slice, cinnamon stick, and whip cream (for hot version).

Recipe Notes
  • For a hot version, heat apple cider in the microwave or stovetop before adding to mug.
  • This spiked apple cider recipe above makes one serving, but can easily be doubled, tripled.
Spiced Apple Cider Recipe
  • 1 bottle apple cider (about 32oz)
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 whole clove
  • 8 allspice berries
  • 3 star anise
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract (add after simmering)
Optional add-ins:
  • 1 orange just the juice
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg

Directions: Bring the cider and spices to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer for 30 minutes.

This can be made ahead of time and stores nicely in the refrigerator.


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