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.
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)
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.