Fall Bucket List #7: Drink Warm Apple Cider

When I created my Fall Bucket List back in October, this was one of my favorite items on it. The lovely Maria of kitchen/closet/heart hooked me up with an amazing spiked apple cider recipe and this weekend I finally had a chance to make it. The recipe is simple and combines Goldschlager, Dark Rum and a variety of spices (orange and cinnamon to name a few). You can view the original recipe here, but I’m reposting ingredients and directions here for convenience. Instead of serving this in mugs, I chose to follow Jen’s instructions for apple cups from her blog, Pearls and Lace. It doesn’t get more fall than spiked apple cider served in apple cups!

1/2 bottle dark rum (I used Cruzan)
1/2 bottle Goldschlager
1 qt apple cider
4 cinnamon sticks
6 whole allspice
10 whole cloves
1 orange, cut into slices

1. Combine all ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
2. Once boiling, reduce heat to low and heat for 30 minutes stirring occasionally.

The recipe says to leave this on the stove for 1-2 hours and then transfer to an insulated punch bowl, but the first batch I made a lot of the liquid evaporated as a result of being on the stove this long. For the second batch, I only let it “cook” for 30 minutes which resulted in a slightly stronger and much yummier cider.

What’s your go to drink for fall?

26 thoughts on “Fall Bucket List #7: Drink Warm Apple Cider

  1. albucco10

    Apple cider is one of my favorite things about fall! I usually just go with the basic store-bought version, but lately I’ve been experimenting with “spicing” my own with a few extra things. I have yet to try an alcoholic version, though…so excited for this recipe! xo

  2. Leah

    This sounds soooo good and perfect for a chilly fall evening. I’m looking forward to trying a spiced & spiked (Captain Morgan!) hot cider too. I saw your note about a lot of the liquid evaporating due to the long cook time – next time you could try it in a crock pot… it’ll let the flavors meld but not boil off. 🙂

  3. jennacwest

    Oooooo I love apple cider, but this spiked apple cider is a different ball game. I am going to try this for a family party. I haven’t found my fall drink yet, I usually stick to hot chocolate or red wine, which both have nothing to do with fall. So this might be my new fall drink. I loved how it is served in apple cups as well!

  4. Maya

    Yum Steph, this looks so yummy! I’ve been meaning to buy some apple cider at the grocery store this week – so now I’m going to go tomorrow for sure!


  5. Pearls & Lace

    I loved this when I saw the photo you posted on instagram! So happy you were finally able to enjoy that spiked cider that you were excited to make! Thanks for linking my apple cups, you’re too sweet!

    xo jen

    1. twenty-something Post author

      And I apologize for missing yours!!! I have been SO busy with things lately that blogging has been falling way behind. I’m hoping to get back to my regular postings this week so stay tuned. I hope you’re doing well too, thanks for checking in 🙂 xo


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