Rum Apple Cider

Pumpkins, hay rides, and little ghouls and goblins abound as the heat of summer gives way to the chill of fall. What better way to celebrate this season of plenty than with a spiked seasonal drink?

Hot apple cider is the natural choice for the season. The United States alone produces 240 million bushels of apples each year, with most of them harvested in the fall. But you can add a little kick of spiced rum to your cozy drink for a grown-up version of the fall favorite.

This rum apple cider recipe will fully immerse you in the spirit of autumn. Best of all, the recipe can be easily multiplied for a party! Keep the cider warm in a crockpot with the rum and garnishes on the side. Need a fall-themed gift? Attach this recipe to a festive mug stuffed with two cinnamon sticks and an airplane bottle of dark rum.


Rum Apple Cider Recipe

This easy and comforting rum apple cider cocktail, with its warm baking spices and a splash of caramel-y, rich rum is one you’ll want to make all season long!

  • 1 quart fresh apple cider
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 apple, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ginger
  • 1/2 cup spiced, dark rum
  • 3 cinnamon sticks, plus more for serving
  • Orange peel studded with cloves for garnish (optional)
  1. Mix all of the ingredients except the rum together in a sauce pan and bring to a simmer. Stir gently to dissolve the brown sugar completely.
  2. Turn the heat to the lowest setting and leave on the stove for 20-30 minutes.
  3. Take the cider off the heat and stir in the rum.
  4. Ladle into mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick and orange peels with cloves, if desired.


The cinnamon stick garnish is your seasonally-appropriate stirrer. Plus, if you choose to add the orange peels, you’ll be rewarded with a zesty, spicy lift. It’s a quick and easy cocktail using many ingredients you likely already have in your pantry. Pair this rum apple cider with crunching leaves to warm up your fall!


What’s your favorite cocktail to snuggle up with when the weather cools off?