Last week I missed the drink of the week as I was suffering from the Swine Flu.  But, I am back.  I also brought with me some cider.  I picked up some cider last week to help me get over my flu.  Like orange juice, apple cider has over 100% vitamin C per serving.  So this week I decided to keep my immunity up by drinking cider even when I am having cocktails.  I think it is working.  I am not feeling sick and actually am feeling pretty good.  Although, that may be the rum talking.

Spiked Up Spiced Cider
Spiked Up Spiced Cider

Serve with cinnamon stick for garnish and for stirring.

Spiked Up Spiced Cider – (Serves Six or One Thirsty Person)

  • 2 quarts apple cider
  • 6 cinnamon sticks
  • 8 allspice berries
  • 8 whole cloves
  • dash of nutmeg
  • 2 oz of rum or more per serving

In a sauce pan add the apple cider, cinnamon, allspice, cloves and nutmeg.  Place over low heat and let simmer for 20-30 minutes or until hot.  If you are having a party, you could let this simmer all day.  It adds a nice aroma to the room.

Simmer over low heat until hot
Simmer over low heat until hot

When you are ready to serve, fill a mug two-thirds full of cider.  Top off with 2 ounces or more of rum.

Top off with rum, that looks like about 2 ounces.
Top off with rum, that looks like about 2 ounces.

Garnish with a cinnamon stick.  It looks nice, adds flavor and has the hidden purpose of being a stir stick.  Got to love multi-tasking.  Right, Alton Brown?  (I am pretty sure he doesn’t read my blog, but if he does a google search on his name it might pop up.  If you are reading this, email me and we should barbecue.)

I may have added a little too much rum as the cinnamon stick was completely submerged. Nah.
I may have added a little too much rum as the cinnamon stick was completely submerged. Nah.

Have a great day, drink responsibly and get a designated driver if you drink all six servings.

Rex is an avid griller, barbecuer and bacon enthusiast. He is the Pitmaster for the Rex BBQ competition team. Rex was also featured on the TV show American Grilled. If you have any questions or wish to have Rex decode your favorite dish, click on the ASK REX link in the menu above.


    • Why thank you Rose. I use a Nikon D60 for my photos. I wish it had a better low light photo sensor but it does the job.

  1. Nice mug! This would be perfect for the fall.. drink and be warm at the same time!! Talk about multi-tasking…

    • The mug is nice isn't it. Only clear mug that I have. Needed to show the sweet color of the apple cider. You are correct the drink as a whole is a multi-tasker. Keeps you warm and gives you a buzz. haha

  2. Try using Capt. Morgan's…you don't have to spice the cider! For those who need a quick drink! 🙂

    • Aunt Heidi – Captain works perfectly. Its weird, I had no Captain but all of the spices to make spiced cider. Not sure if that is a good thing or a bad thing for a single guy. HaHa. Thanks for the tip.

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