HOT APPLE CIDER WITH RUM
This recipe is one of famous Chef Emeril Lagasse’s. It’s a perfect-around the holidays-hanging out with family and friends kind of drink.
It’s also a perfect-what’s-up-hot-stuff-let’s break the ice-or for a weekend nightcap with someone special and you can add rum for a little extra kick.
The whole house will smell amazing while you’re cooking this.
Measuring cups and spoons
- 1 apple (2 if you want some slices for garnish)
- 2 tsp whole cloves
- 1 orange, thinly sliced
- 2 quarts apple cider (unfiltered apple juice which works as well)
- 1/2 cup coconut sugar (optional, you can make it with no sugar, with brown sugar or coconut palm sugar)
- 1 tsp allspice
- Pinch nutmeg
- 1 cup dark rum (optional. I made it without it)
- Cinnamon sticks for garnish
1.Stud your apple with cloves.
If you’ve never done this, don’t worry – it’s super easy. Just wash and dry your apple and beginning at the bottom, press the sharp end of a clove through the skin, where it will stick.
- 2.Place your apple in a large pot on the stovetop and cover with the cider.
Turn on your heat to medium low, and begin adding your orange slices, sugar (if you are using) and spices. Stir a few times as the temperature rises, bringing it to a simmer for 10 minutes.
3.Remove from the heat, and add your rum now if you’re including it.
Go with a dark rum to add flavor and complexity, and avoid spiced rums as they’ll have their own spices and flavors, and also tend to be a bit sweeter – but of course this is completely up to you. Use whatever you like.
- Serve hot with a cinnamon stick and apple slices for garnish.