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Alcohol Hot Apple Cider or another seasonal cocktail for Thanksgiving?

Looking for something yummy to make for the crowds this Thursday. ANy ideas or recipes? Can you serve a hot apple cider in crockpot?

Anyone use spiced rum in their recipe?

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  1. I make hot cider in a crock pot and add mulling spices and either dark rum or bourbon. Then I just let people serve themselves. You could use spiced rum but I haven't found one I like.

    I also make mulled wine and keep it in a crockpot.

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    1. re: JMF

      For spiced rum, I have used Captain Morgan. Have you ever tried Sailor Jerry's? I wonder how that would be with cider.

      I have also Laird's Apple Jack. Most people preferred the rum; the apple jack was overkill to most.

      I have also used Jack Daniels in the past, though it's been a while. Which bourbon have you used? I think I should try an upgrade.

      Regarding the actual cider, I just warmed some apple cider and threw in some cinnamon sticks, a couple cloves, nutmeg, maybe something else. It doesn't take much to make it tasty.

      1. re: Alcachofa

        Apple cider with Sailor Jerry's is great!

        1. re: nmurawsk

          I agree. I've been using Sailor Jerry's pretty much exclusively since the day after that post (three years ago).

          1. re: Alcachofa

            Are we talking cold cider with the Sailor Jerry's? I have been looking for an excuse to pick a bottle of that up.

            1. re: Dave in the basement

              Cold cider??? No.

              Are you looking for an excuse to pick up a bottle of Sailor Jerry's, or of cider? Sailor Jerry's is great stuff.

              #53 (invented at Hungry Mother)
              3 parts Sailor Jerry's
              1 part Yellow Chartreuse
              1 part Lemon juice
              couple dashes orange bitters

              Shake and serve up.

      2. re: JMF

        I am having a party next week with a few friends from work and would like to make this. Could you give me approx. amounts of cider to rum?

        1. re: Danielle0318

          I prepare the mulled (spiced) cider first in a pot. Bring to a simmer with spices for a few minutes then pour into the crockpot. Then I leave a bottle of rum, any type, white, gold, dark, out for people to add themselves. I just wouldn't use an aged rum.

          1. re: JMF

            Right. Better to add it yourself to taste.

            1. re: JMF

              Thanks - my party is tomorrow. I will let you know how it worked out.

          1. re: JMF

            I am aware of that. Now, on to the question: which bourbon do you use? :o)

            1. re: Alcachofa

              I wouldn't waste a bourbon on this. I fell that rum works much better. I feel that Bourbon and aged rum are for sipping.

              1. re: JMF

                Got it. OK, I'll keep using the SOUR MASH whiskey for this purpose. ;-)

          2. I make Apple Sambo, which is simmered apple cider, apricot nectar, lemon juice a little karo syrup and cinnamon and cloves. Then I add a good shot of Maker's Mark to it.

            1. Tuaca is very tastey with spiced cider and dollop of whipped cream.

              1. Goldschlager is my favorite...adds a real cinnamon kick!