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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. Cinnamon and star anise!

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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. I don’t know if I have ever told you but we have a backyard. This is very uncommon for apartments in the city of Chicago so it feels like a little oasis. In the center of our backyard is an apple tree that is the saddest, most pitiful tree. Ever.

It blooms its gorgeous pink and white spring buds and when those fall off, it’s condition quickly deteroiates. By mid-May its leaves start falling off. Apples start growing, but they don’t fare well. I’m not sure if its because the tree loses all of its leaves by July or if its just because its a diseased tree.

Autumn Spiced Rum Cider Cocktail ingredients

I’ve spoken to our landlord about the tree and I guess it has a fungus. It probably should be cut down and replaced with another but the thought makes me so sad.

This apple tree is the safe haven for so many city creatures – we have had an owl, several hawks and then various other city animals (squirrels, opossums, raccoons). And regular non-birds of prey too – cardinals, robins, woodpeckers, sparrows, finches, and more.

I spend time each day watching the birds and animals, and watching the tree change so rapidly. Maybe that is why all I can do is think about apples this autumn. Apples… and cocktails.

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Autumn Spiced Rum Cider Cocktail

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

How to Make this Spiced Rum Drink

First, you soak apple cider – the non-alcohol kind – in two of my favorite spices. You could, of course, add more or different spices to this blend. Nutmeg and cloves would be great additions if you are so inclined.

Put the apple cider in a sealable jar (mason jars work perfect for this) and then refrigerate for at least an hour. After your apple cider is brimming with the scents of autumn, you’re ready to get started.

Next you need your favorite spiced rum. I tend to buy Captain Morgan or The Kraken but Meyers is also a great choice.

Combine the spiced rum, spiced apple cider, and hard cider together in a glass, top with a dash or two of lemon bitters and you’re ready for autumn!

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

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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 1/2 ounces spiced rum
  • 1/2 cup spiced apple cider
  • 1/2 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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An extra large ice bucket for an extra large party.

  1. Lemon bitters.
  2. A different kind of paper plate.

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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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