The other day, Derek and I experimented with a rum apple cider recipe and it turned out AMAZING. I have to post it here so I never forget it. 🙂 Unfortunately, I forgot to take any pictures so you’ll have to imagine it while reading the recipe. Also, take note: It is NOT healthy. Don’t expect a low calorie drink here. But it’s perfect for the holidays!
Holiday Rum Apple Cider
First, take 8 cups of apple cider and put it in a small pot on the stove. (Alternatively, you might be able to make this a slow cooker recipe, but I was in a hurry and short on time.) I’d suggest having the stove on about medium.
Add 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice to taste (depending on how “pumpkiny” you want the flavor), 1/2 cup of brown sugar, and two pinches of nutmeg. Get a whisk and mix it up REALLY good. You could also pour it all into a big blender first and then into the pot, but the whisk worked just fine for us. Pour in 2 cups of dark rum and mix it all up really well.
You will also want to flavor this with cloves. However, you don’t want the cloves getting into the drinks when you serve them, so there are a couple ways you can deal with this. You can just dump about two teaspoons of cloves into the mix and then strain the apple cider before you serve it. We got creative and put the cloves in reusable Keurig coffee filters. This way the flavor could simmer in with the cider, but we didn’t have to worry about straining out the cloves.
Now you’ll just want to let the whole thing simmer until guests come over — at least 15 minutes. I think ours was on the stove for a good 30 minutes before the guests came. It makes 5 to 6 full mug servings. Add a cinnamon stick to each mug when you serve it. You might also want to taste the cider after about 15 minutes to make sure the flavors are like you prefer. We considered adding a dash of vanilla or maple extract.
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