For more than 2,000 years, humans have been enjoying apple cider. Records as far back as 55 B.C. prove that when Romans invaded England, they were distilling local apples to make an alcoholic apple beverage that is lightly bubbly and refreshing. In fact, cider was considered safer than water, it had a longer shelf life, and because it was made of apples, the drink had more nutritional value. Nowadays, apple cider can be enjoyed in more ways than just drinking. Its flavor has made its way into many fall-themed desserts like apple cider donuts and apple cider cakes because of its sweet and tangy flavor.
Meanwhile, pumpkin spice, the spice mixture used to give a robust flavor to pumpkin, was first documented in 1796 in Amelia Simmons cookbook American Cookery. The cookbook gave instructions to new settlers on how to cook with local ingredients like pumpkin, which is native to North America. Pumpkin spice incorporates warm aromatic spices such as nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, ginger, mace and cloves, to create one of the most popular fall flavors, and possibly the most legendary seasonal flavor of all time.
Since the apple harvest and pumpkin harvest both occur during the same season, it’s no surprise that these flavors have become the cornerstones of fall cooking. This recipe brings together traditions from the old world and the new world in a drink that is warm from the aromatic spice blend of pumpkin spice and the tangy spike of apple cider and rum.
Scroll through the photos below for a step-by-step guide on how to make the spiced rum apple cider.
- 1 cup apple cider
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Cinnamon sticks and cloves to taste
- 1-1/2 ounces spiced dark rum
- 2 ounces club soda
*Photos and recipe courtesy of Thanksgiving.com.