Hot Apple Cider with Rum

To accompany all the delicacies on our Gourmet Game Day, I wanted to serve a beverage slightly more exciting than beer. Pimm’s Cup came to mind, but it’s more of a summer drink. So after a little brainstorming, I realized that we had just imbibed on some delectable Apple Ciders at the Fairmont in Banff (pictured below), and those bad boys were perfect in frigid winter weather. So I decided to make some for our guests.

I saw the recipe below on, and it is originally Emeril Lagasse’s concoction.

Hot Apple Cider with Rum

Yields: 8 servings


  • 1 apple
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 1 orange, thinly sliced
  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice berry
  • Pinch grated nutmeg
  • 1 cup dark rum
  • Cinnamon sticks, as garnish, or ground cinnamon
  • Whipped cream, as garnish


Stud the apple with the cloves.

studded apple and orange slices

In a medium pot, combine the studded apple and remaining ingredients except the rum. Slowly bring to a simmer over low heat. Simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the rum.

Ladle into mugs and garnish each with a cinnamon stick, or whipped cream and ground cinnamon. Enjoy!


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