Recipe // Seasonal Spiced Rum Cider

I typically relate holidays to signature drinks with seasonal ingredients. There is always a celebration taking place which of course means, drinking, eating + tons of festivities.

Recipe // Seasonal Spiced Rum Cider

Cinco de mayo is all about the limes for a pitcher of fresh margaritas. New years is synonymous with celebratory fêtes. Pop a bottle of champagne for kir royales or bellinis. So of course, halloween is all about a cocktail that feels cozy + warm. 

Last year I shared my recipe for a seasonal spiced rum cider for a spooky halloween party. The flavors evoke warmth + spice with just enough bite from the rum. It was too good not to share so, I’ve brought it back to the blog today. 

Recipe // Seasonal Spiced Rum Cider

Recipe // Seasonal Spiced Rum Cider

This seasonal cocktail blends the essential flavors of fall with bacardi gold. However, easily swapping the rum for a favorite whiskey or bourbon would work well too. To infuse the apple cider with tons of depth, you simmer star anise, cinnamon, nutmeg + clove on the stove. This cocktail is sure to impress + evoke the essence of fall with every sip.

Recipe // Seasonal Spiced Rum Cider

Recipe: Seasonal Spiced Rum Cider

INGREDIENTS

SPICED APPLE CIDER:

  • 4 c apple cider
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 2 star anise pods
  • 6 allspice berries
  • 6 peppercorns
  • 1 cracked nutmeg

COCKTAIL:

  • 1 ½ oz bacardi gold rum
  • 1/2 c apple cider
  • cinnamon sticks (garnish)
  • sliced lemon (garnish)
  • sliced apple
  • 1/2 oz float of hard cider, optional

INSTRUCTIONS:

CIDER:

  • Over medium-low heat, warm your spices in a pot or dutch oven until aromatic (3-4 minutes)
  • Shake spices back and forth so they do not burn
  • Add in cider and simmer for 10 minutes
  • Pour cider into a pitcher and cool in the fridge for 1 hour

COCKTAIL:

  • Fill a rocks glass with ice
  • Pour in rum and the spiked cider, stir well
  • Garnish with lemon wheel, cinnamon stick and apple slice
  • If adding hard cider, pour in ½ oz

Recipe // Seasonal Spiced Rum Cider

Recipe // Seasonal Spiced Rum Cider

 

Photos by Jenna Sparks. Follow her on Instagram @jenna.sparks.photography.

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