Spiced Apple Ginger Rum Drink

Can you believe that we are already in the middle of hoilday time!? For me, the next two weeks is when everyone is throwing their Christmas parties. And what Christmas party would be complete without an incredible signature cocktail for the evening?

If you’re throwing a party, or just attending one and asked to bring something, this cocktail is sure to impress. It’s sort of like apple cider: spicy, light, and refreshing, with the bite of the ginger and rum. It’s like Christmas flavors in a glass! You can serve it warm, or on the rocks. Make the ginger simple syrup ahead if you want to save yourself some time and store it in the refrigerator. We all know I like making things from scratch, and this is the closest thing to homemade apple cider without the hard work!

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Spiced Apple Ginger Rum Drink

Makes 4

What You’ll Need:

+ 1 cup sugar

+ 10 thin slices ginger, peeled

+ 8 ounces spiced rum

+ 1 cup plain seltzer

+ 1-1/2 cups good quality apple juice

+ more ginger and apple slices for garnish

+ sprinkle of ground cinnamon for each glass (optional)

Firstly, lets make the ginger simple syrup. You will probably have plenty left over, but this stuff is amazing in thousands of different drinks! Combine the sugar, sliced ginger, and 1 cup water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stir often to dissolve sugar. Cook down until syrupy, about 15-20 minutes. Strain out the ginger, and let cool. Once it’s cooled, you can store it in a fancy bottle,  or small pitcher. I reccomend something with a spout or squirt top…it can become a sticky mess otherwise!

To make the drinks, assemble the remaining ingredients in a pitcher, along with 8 Tablespoons of the syrup. Serve in 4 glasses, grate a little ginger on top of each and garnish with an apple slice. and a sprinkle of cinnamon.

If you want to make them a drink at a time, the ratio is 2 Tbsp. syrup, 5 Tbsp. apple juice, 2 oz. rum, 1/4 cup seltzer (I find that I like a little less seltzer like this when I do individual drinks. I’m not sure why. Test it out before serving, to taste!)

If you want to serve it warm, combine all but the seltzer in a saucepan (or in a microwave safe mug for individual) and cook until heated, but not simmering. Add seltzer. Serve!

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