Morgan Golumbuk shared her tip for creating batch cocktails so guests can serve themselves with ease. We loved the idea of her spiked cider, which can be served warmed out of a slow cooker set on low or cold from a pitcher. In either case, make sure to have a pitcher of regular cider on hand for those who don’t drink!
Spiked Apple Cider
For the cider
1 gallon apple cider
2 cups dark rum
For the garnish
1 apple, sliced, tossed in lemon juice
2 apples, cubed, tossed in lemon juice
Warm Spiked Apple Cider
Heat apple cider with 2 cinnamon sticks on medium low heat just until it starts to simmer. Remove from heat and add rum. Keep warm in a slow cooker set on low. To serve, ladle into heat-safe mugs and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Cold Spiked Apple Cider
Combine apple cider, rum, and sliced apples in a pitcher and chill until ready to serve. Thread 2-3 pieces of cubed apple on cocktail skewers. To serve, pour over ice, add skewer of cubed apple and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.