Sunday, December 11, 2011
Hot Cider & Rum
The recipe for the cider itself has also evolved over the years. Scott has indeed perfected the mix and the mulling process into a fine art. When we first decided to post on this particular drink, his initial reaction was that he was not going to divulge the cider recipe. But, he did finally change his mind and agree to share.
This recipe is for one large pot full of cider. When we host the cider parties, we normally use 6-8 gallons of cider and adjust the other ingredients accordingly.
Hot Cider & Rum
One gallon Apple Cider
One quart jug Apple Juice
One cup Cranberry Juice
½ t. Cinnamon
¼ cup Golden Raisins
¼ cup Dried Cranberries or “Craisins”
* Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum
Whole Cinnamon Sticks
*For a bit more complicated recipe, Scott sometimes makes a “Holiday Cider Blend” of rums, which changes from time to time, but is basically: Captain Morgan’s, Bacardi Gold, touch of good dark rum, touch of Hot Damn Cinnamon Schnapp’s. You can make your own blend, but plain ole’ Captain works pretty well in a pinch.
Pour all liquids (except rum) into a large pot. Cut orange into wheels. Stick 5 whole cloves in each wheel. Float orange slices on top of cider mixture. Lightly sprinkle spices over the oranges. Add raisins and cranberries. Mull on low heat for at least one hour. When the raisins turn back into grapes, it's ready to drink!
Fill a mug with hot cider mixture; add 1-2 shots rum mixture, according to taste and preference, garnish with a whole cinnamon stick.