Rhody Recipe: Adult Spin on Hot Apple Cider

Cinnamon, cloves, and plenty of spirit make this spiked cider a holiday fave


What says cozy better than hot apple cider steaming from a mug? Make it boozy. Featuring holiday essences like cinnamon and allspice, and a spirit of your choice, this easy peasy recipe for mulled spiked cider is sure to pair perfectly with flannel, blankets, and a crackling fire.



• 6 cups apple cider (from your favorite local orchard!)

• ½ tsp of whole cloves

• 2 star anise

• 3 cinnamon sticks

• 1 cup of rum (from South County Distillers or Thomas Tew), whiskey (apple-flavored from Sons of Liberty), or bourbon (single-barrel from Sons of Liberty)



Add apple cider, cinnamon sticks, star anise, and cloves to a medium pot, then warm on low heat for 30 minutes to an hour. Stir in the spirit of your choice and let simmer for an additional 10 minutes, then ladle into mugs, garnish with orange slices and whole cranberries if desired, and enjoy!


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