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Autumn Spiced Rum Cider Cocktail

Looking for a fall cocktail? Try this autumn spiced rum cider cocktail – the perfect blend of spiced rum, spiced apple cider and hard cider. Plus cinnamon and star anise!

Autumn Spiced Rum Cider Cocktail - the perfect autumn cocktail! |

Autumn is finally here and with that brings lots of seasonal treats.

I know that everyone always talks about pumpkin when the weather gets cooler. I am usually one of those people.

This year, however, I have really been focusing on apples.

Some of my favorite apple recipes from the past:

Autumn Spiced Rum Cider Cocktail

This autumn spiced rum cider cocktail is a delicious blend of apples, and some of my favorite ingredients and fall flavors.

This cocktail is the answer when you are looking for spiced rum cocktails, hard cider cocktails, or spiced rum cider.

First, you have to spice up the cider.

Autumn Spiced Rum Cider Cocktail ingredients

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How to Make Spiced Apple Cider

Begin crafting your spiced apple cider by gathering the essential ingredients: non-alcoholic apple cider, cinnamon sticks, and star anise.

These components infuse your cider with delightful, warm, and spicy flavors.

To take the spice level further, add optional spices like nutmeg or cloves for extra depth and complexity.

Select a sealable container for your cider mixture, such as mason jars.

This container will allow you to infuse the flavors effectively.

Carefully pour the apple cider into your chosen container.

Follow this with the cinnamon sticks and star anise, ensuring they are evenly distributed within the cider.

If you’ve chosen to include additional optional spices, now is the time to add them, customizing the blend to your desired taste profile.

Once all the ingredients are nestled together, seal the container tightly to keep those beautiful flavors locked in.

Now comes the patient part – refrigerate the container for at least 1 hour.

This resting period allows the spices to mingle and infuse their warm and aromatic essence into the apple cider.

Autumn Spiced Rum Cider Cocktail picture from above

What ingredients do I need to make this autumn spiced rum cocktail?

Spiced Rum – Spiced rum is the star of this cocktail, infusing it with its warm and complex flavors.

It typically contains a blend of spices like cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg, which add depth and richness to the drink. Here are my 3 spiced rum recommendations:

Spiced Apple Cider – Spiced apple cider forms this cocktail’s fruity and aromatic base.

It’s apple cider enhanced with warm spices such as cinnamon and cloves, making it the perfect autumn-inspired element for the drink.

Hard Cider – Hard cider, with its effervescence and subtle apple notes, contributes a refreshing and bubbly quality to the cocktail.

It complements the spiced rum and spiced apple cider, adding complexity and a bit of sweetness.

It is hard to pick hard cider to recommend; they have exploded in popularity over the years. If I had to choose 3 hard ciders, they would be:

close up of autumn cocktail in a wine glass. the drink is a vibrant orange color, with star anise and lemons inside. a cinnamon stick is also in the glass

Lemon Bitterslemon bitters provide a zesty and citrusy kick to the cocktail. Just a few dashes can brighten up the flavors, adding a delightful contrast to the warm and spiced elements.

It’s the finishing touch that elevates the drink.

My top 3 lemon bitters recommendations:

These ingredients, when combined, create an autumn-inspired cocktail that’s a harmonious blend of rich, warm spices from the spiced rum and spiced apple cider, the crisp and bubbly character from the hard cider, and the refreshing zing of lemon bitters.

How to make an Autumn Spiced Rum Cocktail

  • Preparing the Base: To craft your Autumn Spiced Rum Cocktail, add ice to a rocks glass, ensuring the drink is chilled. Pour the spiced rum over the ice.
  • Follow with the spiced apple cider and stir well to create a flavorful foundation.
  • Adding the Bubbly Element: Gently top your drink with hard cider to introduce effervescence and complexity.
  • The hard cider’s natural apple notes and subtle fizz complement the spiced rum and cider, creating layers of flavor and texture that reflect the season’s spirit.
  • Final Touches: For a finishing touch, add 2-3 dashes of lemon bitters to your cocktail.
  • This provides a zesty, citrusy kick that enhances the overall flavor profile and adds a delightful contrast to the warm, spiced elements. 

Your cocktail is ready to be enjoyed. Whether sipping it on a cozy evening or serving it at a fall gathering, it’s a seasonal delight that captures the season’s spirit in every sip.

Autumn Spiced Rum Cider Cocktail

Autumn Spiced Rum Cider Cocktail

Yield: 1
Prep Time: 1 hour
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes

Looking for a fall cocktail? Try this autumn spiced rum cider cocktail - the perfect blend of spiced rum, spiced apple cider and hard cider. Cinnamon and star anise!


Spiced Apple Cider

  • 4 cups apple cider
  • 3 cinnamon sticks
  • 3 star anise


  • nutmeg
  • cloves


  • 1 ½ ounces spiced rum
  • ½ cup spiced apple cider
  • ½ cup hard cider
  • 2-3 dashes lemon bitters


  1. To make the spiced apple cider, combine the apple cider, cinnamon sticks and star anise in a sealable container like a mason jar. If using optional spices, add them now. Seal the container and refrigerate for at least 1 hour. Shake well before using.
  2. To make the autumn spiced rum cider cocktail, fill a rocks glass with ice. Pour the spiced rum and spiced apple cider over the ice. Stir well. Top with hard cider and lemon bitters.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 1 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 784Total Fat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 0mgSodium: 57mgCarbohydrates: 141gFiber: 6gSugar: 117gProtein: 2g

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Monday 7th of October 2019

Have you tried making this with white rum? I don't have any spiced rum.


Tuesday 8th of October 2019

I haven't but I think it would still be delicious!


Saturday 28th of October 2017

Sounds delicious, can't wait to try it

Kirsty Hijacked By Twins

Wednesday 25th of October 2017

This is a must try! We love spiced rum, our favourite is Sailor Jerry which I imagine would be so good in this drink. Popping over from #WonderfulWednesday linky party x

Judee@gluten free A-Z Blog

Sunday 22nd of October 2017

This looks amazing and love the addition of star anise for taste and presentation

Lauren @ Hall Nesting

Thursday 6th of October 2016

Apple cider reminds me of childhood and then now I can do a little "adulting" with this kind of drink

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