Rum-Spiked Mulled Apple Cider Recipe

Nothing says fall like Rum-Spiked Mulled Apple Cider. The warmth of the mulling spices combines with a dark aged rum is the perfect drink for a holiday open house.


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Rum-Spiked Mulled Apple Cider

Course: Beverages, cocktails
Cuisine: American, Fall, Southern
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 224 kcal
Author: Kelly DiMascio

There is nothing better on a cool fall evening or holiday open house than Rum-spiked Mulled Apple Cider. It makes the whole house smell deliciously wonderful and there's just enough booze to warm you from the inside out. 



  • 1 gallon fresh cider or organic unfiltered apple juice
  • 1 medium orange cut into 1/4 inch rounds
  • 1 1 1/2-inch piece peeled fresh ginger, cut into 1/4 in cubes
  • 4 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 1 tablespoon whole cloves
  • 2 whole star anise pods
  • 1 1/2 cups dark rum good quality
  • Orange slices for serving (optional)


  1. Pour the cider into a 5-quart or larger stock pot or larger slow cooker.
  2. Add the orange, ginger, and cinnamon to the pot.
  3. Place cloves and star anise pods in a double layer of cheesecloth (or in a pinch a coffee filter will work), gather it up and tie closed with kitchen twine or a twist tie.
  4. Cover the pot or slow cooker and cook until the flavors come together. For the stove top version cook for about 45 minutes to an hour. In a slow cooker, you'll want to heat for 2 - 4 hours on LOW.
  5. Add rum and stir to combine.
  6. Serve immediately or keep warm. Serve in coffee mugs

Recipe Notes

If you are serving a crowd that consists of kids and adults, don't add the rum to the pot or slow cooker.  Serve the rum on the side.


  • Buy fresh apple cider or organic unfiltered apple juice for the best flavor.
  • Cider can be kept tightly sealed in a glass jar for about a week (assuming the original cider would still be good). Just make sure to remove all the spices prior to refrigerating. Discard mulled cider by the cider expiration date.
Nutrition Facts
Rum-Spiked Mulled Apple Cider
Amount Per Serving
Calories 224
% Daily Value*
Sodium 13mg1%
Potassium 343mg10%
Carbohydrates 38g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 31g34%
Vitamin A 25IU1%
Vitamin C 8.7mg11%
Calcium 44mg4%
Iron 0.6mg3%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

1 Comment

  1. Morehealthis.Com
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    Put 1 oz of brandy in the bottom of 4 glasses and top each up with the warm cider, straining off the spices and orange peel as you go. Serve warm. Note – you can also prepare this in the slow cooker – instead of putting everything apart form the rum in a pot, place all in a slow cooker and warm on low for approximately 2 – 4 hours, as suits. Then serve as above, putting the brandy in the bottom of the glasses as you serve.


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