How to make spiked apple cider is so easy! You can make the best apple cider cocktail and it truly is nothing more than buying a few ingredients, heating it up for 30-60 minutes and you are done!
A hot apple cider cocktail is the best drink during the fall or ever the winter around the holidays. This spiked apple cider recipe is so easy and should be a must have in your drink repertoire for hosting or even a nice fall date night.This easy spiked apple cider recipe is great as well because you can make it with a few different liquor options pending your preference! You can make the best hot apple cider cocktail with rum, whiskey, fireball or spiced rum.
Fun fact, this process of heating the apple cider with the spices is called mulling, which is a fancy word for heating with spices. Thus, you do need to mull your hot apple cider but it is as easy as watching paint try as we will learn.
Don’t let the length of time this takes scares you… it only takes one minute to prepare it and the rest is just letting it simmer on the stove for 60 minutes or even just 30 is fine too!
You can make spiked hot apple cider in a crockpot but really all you need is a standard pot or saucepan and put it on the stove to simmer! This easy apple cider cocktail recipe calls for just 4-5 ingredients as well!
What Alcohol Do You Use To Make Spiked Apple Cider?
For truly the best tasting spiked apple cider, spiced rum is the a favorite for best tasting. If you are a whiskey or bourbon lover with your apple cider then don’t hold back and use that!
For something different fireball apple cider is pretty good too! Worst case scenario, just use rum in your apple cider but ideally you want to use dark rum.
What Do You Need To Make Spiked Apple Cider?
As mentioned this recipe is so easy and you should have most everything in your house or easily purchased in the grocery store.
To make simple spiked hot apple cider all you need is apple cider, your liquor of choice, a few spices and then optional apple slices for garnish. The best spiked apple cider recipe calls for two cinnamon sticks, four cloves and one star anise.
A lot of us don’t have those spices in our house normally so if you don’t and you don’t plan on using cloves or star anises much in the future… just buy one of the two and double the amount of either or.
If you only wanted to buy one of the two I would go with star anise as they are a great garnish for tons of drinks like hot chocolate, this S’mores Campfire Cocktail and more! Cinnamon sticks are worth having in the house as you can use them for a ton of fun drinks like our famous easy Espresso Martini Recipe!
How Do You Mull Spiked Apple Cider? What is Mulling?
Mulling is easy to remember as it is used in cooking just in like it is in life. If you are mulling something in life you are pondering, simmering on or thinking long about the subject.
As mentioned above mulling in cooking is using spices and heat to simmer or cook in turn spicing up or sweetening your drink. Thus, a mulled drink is just a drink made with infusing spices.
Mulling is commonly used for hot apple cider & wine and don’t let the word scare you. Throw in a couple spices, apple cider… and you are a professional muller!
What Do You Cook Spiked Apple Cider In?
You can cook easy spiked apple cider cider in a pot, you can mull hot apple cider in a crockpot… really it doesn’t matter. As you will see in the recipe you just need to bring it to a small boil and then let it summer for 30-60 minutes and you’re done!
Best Easy Spiked Apple Cider Recipe
- 4.5 cups apple cider
- 4 cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 star anise
- 2 oz preferred liquor Spiced rum, whiskey, bourbon, fireball or dark rum
- 1 apple sliced
- apple slices on rim or inside glass
- Cinnamon stick Can use the ones you used to cook with.
- Pour apple cider into pot and add the spices, then bring to a small boil.
- Turn heat down to a simmer for 60 minutes, 30 is fine if needed.
- Pour liquor into your glass and then ladel or pour your cider into your glass.
- Garnish and you're done!