Hot Gold Apple Cider: A Warm Rum Punch Filled with Flavor

Colleen Graham's Hot Gold Apple Cider
Heat this Hot Gold Apple Cider all day long to fill your house with a beautiful spiced aroma. Comstock/Stockbyte/Getty Images
  • 80 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins,
  • Cook: 60 mins
  • Yield: About 15 Servings

It seems like everyone has a recipe for hot apple cider and this Hot Gold Apple Cider is mine. This recipe adds a little sparkle to the spiked version of hot cider thanks to the tiny gold flakes found in Goldschlager. It is delicious, warm and soothing and smells so good!

The beauty of the Hot Gold Apple Cider is that it is so easy to make. Simply pour everything into a pot on the stove or a slow cooker, or an insulated punch bowl and gently warm it up. It fills the house with a lovely aroma and allows guests to ladle drinks as they please.

This is a wonderful punch to serve at autumn and winter parties and is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Just make sure to keep the kids away if there are any around!

What You'll Need

How to Make It

  1. Combine ingredients in a large pot, stir and cover.
  2. Heat and slowly bring to a boil, stirring occasionally.
  3. Lower the heat, cover, and allow to simmer for 1-2 hours, stirring occasionally.
  4. Transfer to insulated punch bowl and serve in mugs, or keep it covered on the stove and heat it up periodically.

More Tips for Making Hot Gold Apple Cider

The Rum

Any rum will do, that is true. I happen to prefer how the apple and cinnamon flavors play off of a dark or aged rum.

Since I often have a budget in mind when entertaining a large crowd, I typically choose something like Appleton Estate Gold or Cruzan Aged Dark.

I do, however, caution you to avoid spiced rum. The spices in the punch are a much better fit and adding more via rum is unnecessary. Quite honestly, it almost ruins the punch!

Slow Cooker Method

This warm punch can be made and served in a slow cooker using the technique in this recipe for Crockpot Hot Apple Cider.

The Spices

Because of the gold flake, I don't strain the spices like many recipes. This also allows the spices and orange slices do their infusion magic longer. If you want to keep your spices separate, put them into a tea ball or infuser and remove it when the punch has reached maximum flavor.

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How Strong is the Hot Gold Apple Cider?

Goldschlager is 87 proof and I often pair that with an 80-proof rum like Cruzan Aged Rum. In this instance, the Hot Gold Apple Cider is a relatively mild punch, weighing in with an alcohol content of around 18% ABV (36 proof).