A delicious, spicy and boozy mixture of apple juice, orange juice and rum.

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What am I supposed to do with all this Spiked Apple Cider? …said noone, ever. Dude. It’s spiked! You know you drink your beverages a lot faster when they got some happy-juice in there, right? RIGHT?! 

I think I am breaking record with all these apple recipes. That tree in my backyard, God bless it, but it just keeps on giving. For goodness sake, I am running out of apple-things to make. I mean, I put apples in my soup. In my soup! That makes it pretty clear that I am willing to do whatever it takes not to have to throw any of these beautiful apples away. And, as you can see, I am now using them as props for apple cider.

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Truth be told, a few weeks ago I was browsing through my old posts and I ran across one old blog post that kinda made me cringe. This was back in the day when I had not one clue about photography. Zero.Zip.Zilch. Clueless. I thought I was good to go just as long as my photos were as bright as the sun. I also thought the closer you get to the subject, the more it will tempt you, the reader, to want to lick your screen.

Ready to see what I’m talking about? Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Here’s my old post on Spiked Apple Cider in Apple Cups.

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Of course they’re not the hottest cups you’ve ever seen (and the reason why I am posting the recipe again), but the hot juice inside of them is SO GOOD! Besides, the Jack O’ Lantern apples are pretty awesome, too! They were inspired by my Jack O’ Lantern Grilled Cheese Sandwiches. Adorable!

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Have you ever had warm and spiked apple cider? It’s incredible. Especially when it’s chilly outside.

I make it for my husband and I quite often during the cold season. I make sure to wrap myself in a huge blanket, even if I’m not cold, just because. Aren’t you supposed to do that?! It’s like when you put cookies out for Santa on Christmas Eve. Just because. Even if you didn’t have kids at the time… Still not weird.


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A delicious, spicy and boozy mixture of apple juice, orange juice and rum.
Serves: Serves 6
  • 6 apples for the apple cups
  • lemon juice
  • 3 cups apple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 3 tablespoons caramel ice cream topping
  • 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ to ½ cup dark rum
  • cinnamon sticks
  1. Cut off the tops of the apples.
  2. Using a paring knife, cut out shapes to make jack o' lantern faces.
  3. Using a melon baller, scoop out the inside of the apples, leaving at least ⅛-inch of apple flesh on the sides and ¼-inch on the bottom. If you scoop out more, the apple cider will drain through the jack o' lantern face.
  4. Squeeze lemon juice over apples to prevent from browning and set aside.
  5. Combine apple juice, orange juice, caramel topping, cinnamon, and allspice in a large saucepan.
  6. Cook over medium heat and bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  7. Remove from heat, stir in the rum, and pour into the apple cups.
  8. Garnish with cinnamon sticks.
  9. Serve immediately.
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  1. Ramona November 2, 2013 at 5:57 AM - Reply

    I loved the carved apples… how cute!! I would be flying high with a glass of this. :)

  2. Valerie October 31, 2013 at 1:51 PM - Reply

    I’d be more than willing to help you take care of that apple bounty! This spiked cider looks delish, hooray for giggle juice. :D

  3. Terra Baltosiewich (@CafeTerraBlog) October 29, 2013 at 8:44 PM - Reply

    You had me at spiked…..but you know I love cooking/baking…..AND drinking booze LOL! Okay, first your old post didn’t look too bad, but seriously fun to see how far you have come with your photography, beautiful! Now this drink….I may have licked my screen;-) Hugs, Terra

  4. Meagan October 29, 2013 at 8:43 PM - Reply

    Love love love your apple cider cups. I’ll send you my address and you can send me some of your apples.

  5. Yes, your apple jack-o-lanterns are adorable! :) I have to take Dudette around the neighborhood so I think this spiked goodness will be an outstanding gift to myself when I get home.

  6. Elizabeth October 29, 2013 at 9:38 AM - Reply

    Hello Thanksgiving drink! I cannot wait to make this :)

  7. Denise Browning@From Brazil To You October 29, 2013 at 8:40 AM - Reply

    I need the whole jar just for myself. The pics are so cute, Kate!

  8. Laura Dembowski (@piesandplots) October 29, 2013 at 7:46 AM - Reply

    The apple cups are adorable! I totally need a good spiked beverage in my world!

  9. Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet October 29, 2013 at 6:04 AM - Reply

    My daughter and I were just talking about hot apple cider yesterday and how we couldn’t wait to make some! This looks great! I will have to save the spiked version for when she is in bed!!

  10. Laura (Tutti Dolci) October 29, 2013 at 12:27 AM - Reply

    Oh did you say spiked apple cider?! Sign me up for a big glass! ;)

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