Apples_CinnamonThe best part about October to me is the change in the weather.  I am a sweater girl (big time), and I love hanging out with my guys, watching a little football, and enjoying a warm drink.

And one of my favorite warm drinks is definitely cider.  I hope that you will enjoy this great cider drink.  The smell of this drink is heavenly and the flavor makes it go down so easily.

BTW: We set a few cups aside for the little guy, then I add rum for the big guy and me to enjoy.


  • Eight to ten ounces of spiced rum
  • Eight (8) cups of apple cider
  • The juice of one large orange
  • The juice of one large lemon
  • Three (3) tablespoons of brown sugar
  • Four (4) whole cloves
  • Four (4) whole allspice berries
  • Three (3) cinnamon sticks
  • Three (3) star anise pods

Preparation —

Step #1: In a large pot add all the ingredients except for the spiced rum.

Step #2: Simmer over low heat for 10 minutes or so.

Step #3: Add rum and keep warm over a low heat or pour into an insulated container to keep warm.

Step #4: To keep your cider potable to nondrinkers, do not add the spiced rum to the pot of cider. Add 2 oz. of rum per cup afterward.

I found this recipe on the Fine Living Network web site.  You should check it out because they have a ton of tailgating cocktails that will keep you warm in the crisp weather.

Enjoy!  Love & Soul Always, Kay