Dec 23, 2012

Apple Cider Rum Punch

Apple Cider Rum PunchWe add one more amazing drink to our Christmas special – The Rum Cider Punch! The best part is that you can serve this hot or cold as you like according to the weather or the guest choice.  I had not made this ever unless Nigella Lawson inspired me on one of her X-mas shows. This looked really easy so I had to try and I was surely satisfied with the outcome.  To make the non alcoholic version, you can add black tea to the punch instead of rum and have a classic Christmas version of ice tea (or hot tea)!

Apple Cider Rum PunchIngredients
1 liter          apple juice or cider
1/2 cup      brown sugar firmly packed
15-16          whole cloves
10-12          star anise
8-9              large cinnamon sticks
2                 whole nutmegs, cracked
1 to 2 cups golden rum
1                 Keenu/Clementine
1                 Apple/ sliced in circles
1 cup black tea (dip a tea bag in hot cup of water for 2 mins)
Lemon peel and/or other garnish of your choice

  • In a large saucepan, combine apple juice or cider, brown sugar, whole cloves, star anise, cinnamon sticks, and nutmegs.
  • Add the pulp of Keenu and the peel too. Add tea.
  • Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat, cool, then refrigerate several hours.

To serve:
  • Strain into punch bowl. Stir in 1 to 2 cups golden rum, according to taste.
  • Garnish with thin strips of lemon peel. Add back the slices of apple if you like.
  • This can be reheated after straining and you can also add more golden/black rum if you like.


  1. Hi Ashima,

    Lovely recipe, can't wait to try this out. :)
    Liked your Santa cursor :p


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