Booze & Beverages

Spiked cinnamon-apple cider

Every new home deserves a housewarming celebration, and what open house party would be complete without a signature cocktail? For us, that meant serving 50+ people a hot apple cider infused with oranges, cloves, cinnamon sticks & ginger, and spiked with dark rum and cinnamon schnapps.

Ingredients

  • 1 gallon apple cider
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) dark rum
  • 1 bottle (750 ml) cinnamon schnapps
  • 1 large orange, sliced (unpeeled)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • healthy pinch of ground ginger (about a teaspoon)
  • healthy dash of whole cloves (about a dozen)

Directions

In a large stock pot, combine the entire gallon of cider with half to 2/3 of the rum and half to 2/3 of the bottle of schnapps. Add the orange slices, cloves, ginger and cinnamon sticks.

Bring all ingredients to a boil, stirring occasionally, then reduce heat to low. Simmer continuously and serve hot. I kept mine on low throughout the whole party and we just ladled it out into Irish coffee mugs!

You can easily make a larger quantity to serve a bigger crowd by pouring in the entire 750-ml. bottle of rum (same with the Schnapps) and adding a half gallon or more of cider.

Adjust the quantity (and therefore the strength) of the alcohol to your preference.

Cheers!

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