Home · Recipes · Seasonal · Cocktails · Seasonal · Spiked Apple Cider Spiked Apple Cider Author: Maryanne CabreraPublished: Sep 29, 2020Updated: Sep 12, 2023 View RecipeRead ReviewsThis post may contain affiliate links. Read our disclosure policy. Spiked apple cider is a warming beverage perfect during the cool holiday season! Easily customize it with your choice of spices and liquor. Baby, it’s cold outside! Once the weather cools down, it’s time for a warm beverage to enjoy while you’re wrapped under blankets or lounging fireside. Spiked apple cider is the perfect drink for winding down after the stressful and jam packed filled days of the holiday season. This mulled cider can be made ahead of time and stored in the fridge for up to a week. Cook up a batch, sit back, and enjoy this drink all week along! Make Ahead of Time This mulled apple cider cocktail is easy to make for one or for a crowd! Prepare the mulled apple cider ahead of time to make it easier to assemble. The mulled apple cider will keep in the fridge for five to seven days. The liquor may be added immediately after cooking the apple cider. Or, it can be added later just before serving. Mulled apple cider is such a comforting beverage filled with warm spices. It’s the perfect sipping cocktail during holiday season! Ingredient Notes Apple Cider : Refers to unfiltered apple juice. This apple juice is cloudier and thicker than standard apple juice. Apple cider should only have one ingredient- APPLES! Spices : Choose your choice of spices! Scroll down for more details. Spiced Rum : Recommended brands include George Ocean spiced rum, Kraken Gold spiced rum, and Captain Morgan spiced rum. Other options include: dark rum or aged rum, brandy, whiskey or bourbon. Spice Flavorings Steep your choice of spices into the simmering apple cider. I used a combination of the following: orange slices whole star anise cinnamon sticks whole cloves allspice berries It is important to use WHOLE SPICES for this recipe. Do not use ground spices. Ground cinnamon, ground cloves, etc do not work for this recipe. You will end up with cloudy floating bits of spices. It’s not pretty nor it is pleasant on the palette. It is best to use whole spices that can steep in the cider. The whole spices can be left to float around the liquid. Or, place the spices in a loose leaf tea pouch (or cheesecloth pouch) for easy removal after steeping. Other spices or seasonings that would work well in this recipe include: whole cardamom pods fresh ginger slices whole peppercorns fresh rosemary sprigs vanilla bean Winter Citrus Citrus are at their peak during the winter. This is the season to find blood oranges, clementines, and tangerines. These citrus fruits make wonderful additions to the mulled apple cider. They also make for colorful garnishes when serving the spiked cider. What is apple cider? The labeling of “apple cider” versus “apple juice” varies from state to state. The apple cider used in this recipe refers to unfiltered apple juice. Unfiltered apple juice is a bit cloudier and thicker than your standard boxed apple juice. Apple cider should only have one ingredient- apples! Visit an apple orchard or a local farmers’ market to find real deal fresh pressed apple cider. Don’t confused “apple cider” for hard cider, alcoholic apple cider, or sparkling apple cider. Those are completely different products! Liquor Options There are numerous liquors that work well with spiked apple cider. Here are some recommendations: Spiced Rum Dark rum, or aged rum Brandy Whiskey or Bourbon You may also add a touch of flavored liqueurs or cordials to add interesting notes. These include: Calvados: French apple brandy Tuaca: Italian brandy flavored with citrus, vanilla, and spices Cointreau: French liqueur flavored with sweet and bitter orange peels Amaretto: Italian spirit with almond and caramel flavors Mulled Cider Serving Suggestions This cider is best served warm. Place apple cider in a slow cooker (or crockpot) under the “keep warm” setting when serving a large batch for a party or gathering. Apple cider can also warmed up in small batches in the microwave. For warm LA winter nights, you may certainly serve this spiced apple cider chilled! Serve the cider cold straight from the fridge. For a lighter chilled version, the cider can be watered down with crushed ice or ice cubes. Related Warm Beverage Recipes Orange vanilla mulled wine uses the same steeping techniques to infuse flavor. A cup of spiced hot toddy is a potent concoction sure to sooth any ache or pain! Warm milk punch (aka spiced milk with whiskey) served with a dollop of sweetened whipped cream is the perfect hot chocolate alternative! Spiked Apple Cider No ratings yet Spiked apple cider is a warming beverage perfect during the cool holiday season! Easily customize it with your choice of spices and liquor. Yield: 8 ¾ cups ( 70 oz) Prep Time: 5 minutes minutesCook Time: 30 minutes minutesSteep Time: 30 minutes minutesTotal Time: 1 hour hour 5 minutes minutes Servings: 14 five ounce pours Print Recipe Pin Recipe Rate Recipe Ingredients▢ 8 cups (1/2 gallon, 64 oz) apple cider, or unfiltered apple juice*▢ 1/2 orange, cut into slices▢ 4 cinnamon sticks▢ 1 Tbsp cloves▢ 1 Tbsp all spice berries▢ 2 whole star anise▢ 6 Tbsp dark brown sugar, packed▢ 1 3/4 cup (14 oz) spiced rum, or dark liquor of choice*One Serving:▢ 4 oz mulled apple cider▢ 1 oz spiced rum Instructions In a large pot, combine apple cider, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves, allspice berries, and star anise. Bring mixture to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and partially cover pot. Simmer for 30 minutes.Remove from heat and add brown sugar. Stir to combine. Keep pot covered and steep spices for another 30 minutes. Strain and discard spices. Bring mixture back to simmer. *If making a large batch, pour in rum.*If making a single serving, portion out 4 to 8 oz of mulled apple cider and add 1 oz rum.Serve warm. Garnish with orange slices, cinnamon stick, or desired spices. NotesApple Cider: Apple cider refers to unfiltered apple juice. This apple juice is cloudier and thicker than standard apple juice. Apple cider should only have one ingredient- APPLES! Don’t confuse apple cider for hard cider or sparkling apple cider. Those are completely different products. Liquor Choice: I recommend spiced rum. Other options include: dark rum or aged rum, brandy, whiskey or bourbon. You may also add a touch of flavored liqueur such as Calvados, Tuaca, Cointreau, or Amaretto. I suggest adding 1/2 oz of flavored liqueur per serving. Storage: Mulled apple cider will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for 5 days. The liquor may be added immediately after cooking the cider. Or, it can be added later just before serving. Author: Maryanne Cabrera Course: DrinksCuisine: American Did you make this recipe?Show us on Instagram! Tag @littleepicurean and hashtag #littleepicurean.