Absolutely Amazing Apple Cider... with a Kick!


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There are few things more satisfying than a warm cocktail when the days get shorter and colder. I love to experiment with ingredients that make your insides light up and instantly shift the mood after a busy day or during an evening gathering.

Thankfully, cider is quite easy to make and is always a hit with family and friends. While it takes a couple hours for the ingredients to come together, it's super easy to throw together.


  • 1-gallon unfiltered apple cider
  • 11/2 cup dark rum
  • 1 large orange, cut into 1/4" slices.
  • 1 Granny Smith apple peeled & cut into large chunks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 1" ginger root, sliced
  • 3 Cinnamon sticks
  • 4-star anise
  • 1 tablespoon allspice


  1. In a large pan or dutch oven, add apple juice, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, star anise, whole cloves, whole allspice, and ginger root.
  2. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce to simmer for 2-3 hours.
  3. Add rum to the mixture.
  4. Remove fruit and spices, then add to individual servings.
  5. Serve and enjoy!

NOTE: If you have a crockpot, you can use it as well. It simplifies things, especially if you need to run errands or don't want the stove on for hours at a time. All you need to do is turn the crockpot on LOW and cook for 2-3 hours. Add rum and serve!

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