Friday, October 30, 2015

Easy "Hard Cider" with Rum & Mulling Spices

The following recipe is perfect "sit by the fire" type of drink with a warming amount of alcohol. This is not a Cider that is fermented. It's very easy and doesn't require anything more than apple juice, rum and spices.

To make a Cider with Mulling Spice drink, you will need at least one gallon of apple juice. I am aiming for 5% alcohol so that it's warming, not biting.

Remove 2 3/4 cups of juice from the Container so that you can add the spices, tea and alcohol.

Here are the mulling spices:
1 Tsp Cinammon
1 Tsp all spice
1 Tsp Nutmeg
1 Vanilla bean, cut and scrape
    or 1 Tsp of Vanilla
1 Black Tea Bag

Add 2 cups of good Dark Spiced Rum (see calculation below) and 1 Tablespoon of dark sugar for that slight molasses. Now add all the mulling spices to the gallon container of juice except the Black Tea Bag.The tea bag adds a slight tanic flavor similar to wine. Make a hot tea with the tea bag into 1/2 a cup of water. Add while hot to the gallon of juice.

Place the container in the refrigerator to avoid spoiling and/or fermentation. Taste daily until the flavors meld to your taste. When you believe it's ready, filter out the ingredients by pouring into another container through cheese cloth.


Shake the container of juice and pour enough liquid into a pan to adequately serve your guest. Warm to serve in glasses. Add a cinnamon stick to the glass and pour your apple cider for a delicious warm Christmas Drink

Cheers and enjoy,

Calculating amount of 80 proof/40% ABV Rum needed for a 5% ABV in 1 gallon of Hard Cider:
  1. 1 Gal. = 128 oz
  2. 128 oz x 5% ABV=6.4 oz of 100 proof (to find how many oz of 100% proof for 5% ABV)
  3. 6.4 oz / 40% ABV = 16 oz, or 2 cups (divided oz needed by ABV of spirit used since it isn't 100 proof)

Alcohol By Volume (ABV)

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