Spiced Rum Cider (1109)
Photography by Iain Bagwell

Spiced rum cider is a great crowd-pleaser for holiday gatherings. For more hot ciders, hot chocolates, and mulled wines, see our complete collection of holiday drink recipes.

How to Make It

Step 1
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Wrap cloves, allspice, cinnamon sticks, and lemon zest in a small piece of cheesecloth and tie packet with kitchen twine to close it. In a medium saucepan (not aluminum), combine spice packet and cider. Cover and bring to a simmer over high heat. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, about 1 hour.

Step 2
2

To serve, heat infused cider, covered, over medium heat until hot and steaming. Lift out and discard spice packet. Stir in rum. Ladle into cups or heatproof glasses and garnish with lemon slices if you like.

Step 3
3

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 3/4-cup serving.

Ingredients

 8 cloves
 8 allspice berries
 2 cinnamon sticks
 2 strips lemon zest (each 1/2 by 3 in.)
 1 qt. unsweetened apple cider or unfiltered apple juice (see Notes)
 1 cup dark rum
  Lemon slices or peel, studded with a few cloves, for garnish (optional)

Directions

Step 1
1

Wrap cloves, allspice, cinnamon sticks, and lemon zest in a small piece of cheesecloth and tie packet with kitchen twine to close it. In a medium saucepan (not aluminum), combine spice packet and cider. Cover and bring to a simmer over high heat. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, about 1 hour.

Step 2
2

To serve, heat infused cider, covered, over medium heat until hot and steaming. Lift out and discard spice packet. Stir in rum. Ladle into cups or heatproof glasses and garnish with lemon slices if you like.

Step 3
3

Note: Nutritional analysis is per 3/4-cup serving.

Spiced Rum Cider