It has been so cold lately. I know it is winter, but it’s California! Shouldn’t it be sunshine and 70 degrees everyday? I actually live in the Bay Area so I have been getting used to the near constant scarf and jacket weather, but this winter feels much colder than the last. That’s why I had to make something to warm up with for the holidays, and I came across Emeril’s recipe for Hot Apple Cider with Rum. I tried it Christmas Eve and I am Really Into it – so much so that it will be making a reappearance this weekend for New Year’s Eve. Be careful, this drink is DANGEROUS. It tastes so good it is easy to have a few too many.
The recipe is pretty simple. Start with a good quality store bought cider, add some fruit and spices, simmer, and then add RUM.
I chose Martinell’s Apple Cider because it is one that I have been a fan of in the past. Plus it comes in a pretty bottle. I decided to make a double batch, so I put two of these in my big red pot. After that I sliced two oranges and studded an apple with cloves, which I had never done before, but it looked really pretty. Seeee:
Bonus: I finally got a manicure. I added the oranges, apple, allspice, ground clove and nutmeg to my pot. The recipe calls for brown sugar, but many reviewers said that was too sweet. I opted to forgo the brown sugar and I am glad I did because it was plenty sweet on its own. I brought it to a simmer very, very slowly. It gave me a chance to get other things ready while my guests arrived and it made the house smell AMAZING.
Instead of mixing the rum directly into the pot I decided to keep it on the side, that way anyone could enjoy the drink (we had a couple of little kiddos running around Christmas Eve). I decided to use a dark, spicy rum and I went with one I was familiar with: Kraken. It also comes in a pretty bottle (I am a sucker) and it has a really nice flavor.
I put it out with some cinnamon sticks and coffee mugs so everyone could mix how they liked.
This is such a nice, warm drink to put into your winter rotation. I can’t wait to do it again this weekend! Happy New Year!