Caitlin Bensel
Hands-On Time
5 Mins
Total Time
30 Mins
4 cups (serves 8)

If you’ve ever wondered what fall would taste like in a glass, then here’s your answer. Molasses adds dark-sweet undertones to apple cider, and fresh ginger adds a spicy heat. You might see molasses labeled “unsulphured” or “blackstrap” at the grocery store. Either will work well here, but blackstrap tends to be more bitter. Rum is a perfect pairing since it’s made from sugarcane—just like molasses. Adding the rum at the end ensures the alcohol doesn’t burn off during cooking.

How to Make It

Step 1

Bring cider, molasses, cinnamon, ginger, and orange quarters to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Cover and reduce heat to low. (Do not allow liquid to boil.) Simmer until flavors are blended, 20 to 25 minutes. Remove from heat; pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl or heatproof pitcher, and discard solids. Stir in rum, and serve warm.

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