Prep 15 mins
Cook 2 hrs
A tasty Mulled Apple Cider which can be served with or without Rum. I tweaked this over a few years to get it just so, and it's generally pretty popular at our holiday parties. (Halloween through Christmas) Plus it makes the house smell fantastic.
- 2 quarts apple cider
- 1⁄2 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon whole allspice
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1⁄4 teaspoon salt
- 1 dash ground nutmeg
- 1 1⁄2 ounces rum (per mug if desired)
- With cloves and allspice in a teaball, cook all ingredients in a Crockpot on low 2-8 hours. Stir occasionally/rarely to dissolve sugar. Or cook in a pan on the stovetop on low heat 20-30 minute until it simmers.
- Add 1 1/2 oz. Bacardi Gold Rum (MUST be Bacardi, accept no substitutes) per mugful when poured, if desired. Don't cook it with the Rum.
I've made a half recipe of this several times, using both apple cider (made by a local farmer) and apple juice. I definitely go for cider over juice! My only change was that I used vanilla extract instead of rum (hey, don't knock it until you've tried it).
This is excellent. We have been using it at parties and just made a Thanksgiving batch. Super yum! We did put the rum in the crockpot w/ the other ingredients, which worked very nicely (it didn't cook off or evaporate because my crockpot lid has no vent).
I made this twice over the holidays. There aren't many things more warming and comforting than a mug of good hot spiced cider, and this one was perfect! Thanks for sharing your recipe!