Mulled apple juice cocktails are normally pretty delicious but this hot apple rum punch is next level tasty and the perfect Christmas cocktail. The gorgeous fruity apple juice with warming spiced rum will warm your body and your taste buds.
Why you’ll love this hot apple rum punch recipe
It’s a wonderfully warming drink if you’re not a huge fan of traditional mulled wine. Warm apple juice is sweeter than red wine and takes on the spices well.
Hot apple and cinnamon drink is so easy to make, it’s a simple recipe to follow and you’ll be enjoying an Apple juice cocktail before you know it.
The hot apple rum punch can easily be made into a family-friendly drink by omitting the spiced rum from this recipe.
How to Make
Substitutions and Variations
Making Ahead Options
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This mulled apple juice cocktail wouldn’t be a hot apple rum punch without apple juice! You can use any apple juice but I love using cloudy apple juice as it looks so attractive but I think it tastes better when warmed through.
You can pick up a bag of mulled spices at any supermarket or you can mix your own! If you want to make your own mulled spices you’ll need some cinnamon, cloves star anise and I love adding some fresh ginger too!
The perfect addition to this mulled apple juice cocktail, I love using a warm spiced rum in this cocktail, the rum blends really well with the apple juice and mulled spices. You can use any spiced rum, for this cocktail I used Tesco’s Golden and Spiced.
How to make hot apple rum punch – step by step
Start by warming your apple juice on the stove on medium heat. Be sure to stir it gently too.
Slice your orange in half and juice one half. Pour that into the apple juice and slice the other half into thin slices.
Add your spices to the warmed apple juice and let them soak.
Pour your spiced rum into the apple juice and let it simmer for a few minutes unitl warmed through
Pour and serve, don’t forget to scoop out the spices!
You can easily make this apple rum punch cocktail for a big group by scaling up the ingredients and leaving the mulled apple juice cocktail on to the hob. The spices will continue to soak too.
Serve your warm apple juice cocktail with dried orange slices. They look lovely and smell even better!
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Substitutions and variations
ALCOHOL-FREE MULLED APPLE JUICE
Omit the spiced rum and follow the recipe as normal. The warm apple juice with the mulled wine spices is wonderful and perfect for kids and big kids alike.
If you can find non-alcoholic rum then you can use that in place of the rum.
Making hot apple rum punch/ahead of time options
This Hot Apple punch cocktail can easily be made ahead of time and reheated when you’re ready to serve. You can mix the rum, apple juice and spices together and then let them sit in the pan until you’re ready to start warming them through.
Hot Apple Rum Punch FAQS
What spices do you use for a hot spiced apple juice?
For hot spiced apple juice, you need all your classic Christmas spices: star anise, cloves, cinnamon sticks and some ginger. Your favourite Christmas spices will work really well in the hot spiced apple juice.
What alcohol can you use with apple juice?
I recommend using rum with Apple juice. The spiced rum works perfectly with apple juice but you can also mix a simple gin with apple juice.
Can I heat up apple juice?
Yes you can heat up apple juice! I love warm apple juice, it’s the perfect winter drink. It’s warm and soothing and tastes so good!
Does cinnamon go well with apple?
Cinnamon goes really well with apple. The two flavours are classics together for a reason so they work so well for a Christmas mulled apple cocktail. The sweet apple with the warm spiced cinnamon mixed with the spiced rum is just delicious.
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Hot Apple Rum Punch
- 4 Low ball glass
- medium Saucepan
- 1 litre (1 litre) cloudy apple juice
- ½ juice (1) orange
- 200 ml spiced rum
- 2 (2) cinnamon sticks
- 4 (4) star anise
- 1 cm fresh ginger (optional thinkly sliced)
- Add the apple juice to a saucepan on a medium/low heat.
- Slice the orange in half. Squeeze the juice from one-half of the orange into the apple juice. Slice the remaining half into slices and keep to the side to decorate the glasses.
- Add the star anise and cinnamon sticks.
- Allow the apple juice to simmer gently for 5 minutes until warm.
- Pour the apple juice into the glasses. Decorate with orange slices, the spices from the apple juice and a few redcurrants for colour.
Please note that the nutrition information provided above is approximate and meant as a guideline only.