This spiked apple cider can be served with or without rum and comes together in just 10 minutes. Serve it warm on chilly fall days.
We’ve been dying to share this spiked and spiced apple cider recipe with you. It’s perfect for the transition to cooler weather now starting here in Indianapolis. We’re taking off for a weekend of fall fun with some dear friends. We enjoyed this warm beverage around our firepit the other night, and just may have to bring it along! Spiced apple cider is very easy to make, and the rum complements the cinnamon, cloves, and star anise perfectly. (You could make it without the “spike” and it would be delicious as well.)
How to make spiked apple cider
Don’t worry, you don’t have to press any apples to make this simple spiced cider. For the base of this drink, you’ll want a high-quality apple cider, preferably from your farmers market or local orchard. Some ciders are sold already spiced, so double check that what you’re buying is pure apple goodness. (Although if you’re in a time crunch and want to make your life super easy, you can always buy a pre-spiced apple cider and add rum to that.)
Making homemade spiced and spiked apple cider is incredibly easy. Simply combine the cider with the rum and spices, heat until warmed through, and serve. If you plan on serving this warming drink at a party, I’d recommend doubling or tripling this recipe and combining all the ingredients in a slow cooker. Turn the slow cooker to the warming setting 30 minutes before your guests arrive and let them ladle out their own serving. Using a slow cooker to keep the cider warm is an especially good idea if you’ll have kids running around, as it’s all too easy for tiny hands to get burnt on hot sauce pans.
Looking for more fall apple recipes?
- Granola Instant Pot Apple Crisp
- Skillet Apple Cobbler
- Cinnamon Apple Chips
- Mini Bourbon Apple Pies
- Apple Pomegranate Galette
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Outside of this spiked apple cider recipe, we have lots of delicious drink recipes on A Couple Cooks! Here are our favorite drink recipes:
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- Sparkling Blood Orange Rosemary Water
- Naturally Sweetened Whiskey Sour
- All Natural Frose Recipe (Frozen Rose)
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This recipe is…
Vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free.Print
This spiced apple cider can be served with or without rum and comes together in just 10 minutes. Serve it warm on chilly fall days.
- ½ teaspoon whole cloves
- 2 star anise
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 6 cups apple cider
- 1 cup rum
- Combine all ingredients in a medium pot. Heat over medium heat until warm, about 10 minutes. Ladle into mugs and enjoy.
- Category: Drinks
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
Keywords: spiced apple cider, spiked apple cider, apple cider with rum, fall apple cider, apple cider spices, homemade
About the Authors
Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.
Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.