Spiced Apple Kombucha Cocktail

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Spiced rum is the secret to this delicious drink because it adds depth and flavor with just one ingredient. If you really want a stand-out cocktail, it's easy to make your own spiced rum. Simply combine a bottle of rum with whole spices such as cloves, cinnamon sticks, allspice berries, black peppercorns, and star anise (fresh ginger is also a great addition). Store it in a large jar with a tight-fitting lid and let steep for a few days, shaking daily. When the flavor is to your liking, strain and bottle it, then put it to use in cocktails such as this one. 

Hands On Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
Yield:
4 servings (serving size: about 6 oz.)

Ingredients

  • 1 cup apple cider, divided

  • 1 cup (8 oz.) spiced rum (such as Captain Morgan’s), divided

  • 4 teaspoons fresh lemon juice (from 1 lemon), divided

  • 1 cup apple kombucha

  • 4 cinnamon sticks

  • Apple slices (optional)

Directions

  1. Combine ½ cup apple cider, ½ cup spiced rum, and 2 teaspoons lemon juice in a cocktail shaker over ice; shake until chilled, about 30 seconds. Pour over large ice cubes into two rocks glasses. Repeat with remaining apple cider, rum, and lemon juice. Add ¼ cup apple kombucha to each glass. Garnish each with 1 cinnamon stick, and apple slices, if desired.

    Spiced Apple Kombucha Cocktail
    A cozy cocktail, with benefits. Cinnamon sticks and apple slices make this drink look mighty pretty, but the real treat is in the spiced rum. Mixed with apple cider and apple kombucha this is a stand-out cocktail that’s quite refreshing. Get the recipe:Spiced Apple Kombucha Cocktail. Stephen DeVries
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