Spiced Rum Cider

Spiced rum cider is a great crowd-pleaser for holiday gatherings. For more hot ciders, hot chocolates, and mulled wines, see our complete collection of holiday drink recipes.

Yield: Makes 7 servings
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Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 142
  • Calories from fat: 0.0%
  • Protein: 0.1g
  • Fat: 0.2g
  • Saturated fat: 0.0g
  • Carbohydrate: 17g
  • Fiber: 0.0g
  • Sodium: 5.2mg
  • Cholesterol: 0.0mg


  • 8 cloves
  • 8 allspice berries
  • 2 cinnamon sticks
  • 2 strips lemon zest (each 1/2 by 3 in.)
  • 1 qt. unsweetened apple cider or unfiltered apple juice (see Notes)
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • Lemon slices or peel, studded with a few cloves, for garnish (optional)


  1. 1. Wrap cloves, allspice, cinnamon sticks, and lemon zest in a small piece of cheesecloth and tie packet with kitchen twine to close it. In a medium saucepan (not aluminum), combine spice packet and cider. Cover and bring to a simmer over high heat. Remove from heat and let stand, covered, about 1 hour.
  2. 2. To serve, heat infused cider, covered, over medium heat until hot and steaming. Lift out and discard spice packet. Stir in rum. Ladle into cups or heatproof glasses and garnish with lemon slices if you like.
  3. Note: Nutritional analysis is per 3/4-cup serving.

Steep warm spices in cider, then spike the drink with a generous dose of dark rum. Prep and Cook Time: about 15 minutes, plus 1 hour for steeping. Notes: Natural unfiltered apple juice may form a sediment when heated. If it does, just stir to blend. If you don't serve all the cider at once, keep warm, covered, over very low heat for up to 1 hour.

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