Spiked Mulled Apple Cider

Hot Mulled Apple Cider with a pat of Spiced Butter. Warm up your fall nights. from #DietersDownfallSpiked Mulled Apple Cider Cocktail

September is here. Fall is in the air. I can’t stop that no matter how hard I wish. I guess the only thing I could really do is get a second home in the southern hemisphere and enjoy spring and summer all year round. However, blogging isn’t going to earn me enough money to do that, so I’m going to enjoy all that the season has to offer. And for me, that means apples. Lots and lots of apples.  Apples covered in caramel and with alcohol takes the sting out of winter approaching.

Triple Apple Delight. Basic Caramel Apples or Fancy Apples and a Hot Mulled Cider drink. from #DietersDownfallI think that this Mulled Apple Cider is kind of like a fall sangria. Yes, I know there’s no wine it, but it’s got orange zest along with cinnamon, cardamom, and nutmeg – not to mention spiced butter and Rum!

I was a bit doubtful of the spiced butter pat, but that added just so much extra flavor and just takes that over the top! The flavor was just so much better with it.

However, don’t get me wrong, you can skip the butter if you really don’t want it. And, if by some chance you don’t drink all of the cider while it’s hot, it tastes just as wonderful cold and without the rum.

Hot Mulled Apple Cider with a shot of Rum. Warm up your nights. from #DietersDownfallAre you an apple fan or a pumpkin fan?

I know it’s crazy, but I feel that in blogger-land there’s a definite line in the sand between the two. I’m all for Team Apple. Apple and Cinnamon just call for fall. Pumpkins come much later; like in October and November. For now, it’s apple season with apple picking and corn field mazes!

Enjoy a Spiked Hot Apple Cider on a chilly fall night. from #DietersDownfallWhat do you think? Are you going to enjoy this apple season and wait a little bit for pumpkin season to come into fruition?

I think you should. Enjoy this time with a hot mulled apple cider drink. You won’t be disappointed.

Spiked Mulled Apple Cider

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Hot Cider seasoned with cinnamon, cardamon, cloves and oranges and then spiked with a shot of rum.
For the Spiced Butter
  • ¼ cup Butter
  • 1 cup Brown Sugar
  • ½ Tb Cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon cloves
For the Mulled Cider
  • 4 cups Apple Cider
  • 2 Tb brown sugar
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • ¼ tsp Nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp Cardamon
  • 5 Whole Cloves
  • Zest of 1 Orange
  • Rum
For the Spiced Butter
  1. Mix all ingredients in a mixer. Wrap the spiced butter into plastic and form into a log. Refrigerate until ready to use.
For the Mulled Cider
  1. Boil the Apple Cider and all the spices, then reduce to a simmer and cook for 30 minutes. Strain the spices and orange peel. Serve one ounce of rum in each glass and top off with the mulled cider.
  2. Serve with a pat of spiced butter and enjoy!
Recipe from here


  1. Loving the sound of this Fall drink! Would be great to serve when company comes over too. 😉

  2. Yes, this just screams, “FALL!” And I think it also screams things like, “Drink me!” and “I’m crazy-delicious!” 😀 But I have to admit … I’m kinda flummoxed! I’m pretty new to blogging, so I had no idea about this Team Apple vs. Team Pumpkin thing! Egads! I love them both … what’s a girl to do?!? I guess I’ll have to start with this cider, and worry about picking teams from there …

    • Karyn Granrud Karyn Granrud says:

      Haha! No, there’s really no “teams” but as you get more into blogging, you’ll notice more and more pumpkin recipes popping up earlier each year. I love them both as well, but I much prefer apple to pumpkin.

  3. arrayofstyle says:

    Yum Thank you for sharing Glad I found this. PS I love apple season !! xoxo

  4. This looks perfect ! Thanks for linking up with What’s Cookin’ Wednesday!

  5. I added your drink to my roundup, I hope that you enjoy!


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