Glass with warm spiced cider and a cinnamon stick with a bottle of spiced rum and a jigger in the background.
Photography, Art Direction & Food Styling: Anthony Contrino

I love everything about fall: the chill in the air, the trees changing colors, and most of all the flavors and scents of the season.  This apple cider will warm you from the inside out, and is just boozy enough to help you unwind after a long day.

Spiked & Spiced Crockpot Apple Cider

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Servings: 8


  • 1 (½ gallon) container apple cider
  • ¾ cup spiced rum
  • ¼ cup dark brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 6 whole cloves
  • 4 whole allspice
  • 1 star anise
  • 6 cinnamon sticks, plus more for serving
  • 1 navel orange, sliced into ¼” rounds


  • In a crockpot, combine all ingredients.
  • Set on high for 2 hours, stir, then keep on warm.
  • Ladle the cider into a mug and garnish with a cinnamon stick.
Course: Beverages, Cocktails
Author: Anthony Michael Contrino