Michael’s Hot Holiday Spiked and Spiced Apple Cider

  • 6c unfiltered apple cider
  • 1/4c real maple syrup
  • 2 (+ # of people) cinnamon sticks
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 6 whole allspice berries
  • 1 orange peel, cut into strips
  • 1 lemon peel, cut into strips
  • cheesecloth
  • cooking twine
  • 1 to 1.5c Appleton Estates Dark Jamaican Rum
  • Pour apple cider & maple syrup into large stainless steel saucepan
  • Place cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice, orange peel, and lemon peel in center of a washed square of cheesecloth
  • Fold up the sides of the cheesecloth to enclose the bundle, then tie it up with the twine
  • Drop bundle into cider mixture
  • Place saucepan over medium-low heat for 5-10 minutes, until cider is very hot but NOT BOILING.
  • Remove cider from the heat, discard spice bundle.
  • Add rum & garnish each cup with a cinnamon stick and an optional star anise (add to the spice pouch if you like that licorice taste, yuck).