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Warm or cold, rosemary cider rum punch will hit the spot this winter

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Big-batch rum punch with a hint of rosemary is the perfect cocktail recipe for a crowd

Cocktails at any time of year are great, but there's something special about winter cocktails. This one is not only seasonally perfect, but you get to choose how you want to booze — hot or cold.

My personal preference is chilled in an ice-filled glass (as shown), but with the rosemary simple syrup, this apple cider rum punch is also so good served warmed. I can't think of a better way to warm up those frostbitten fingers than wrapping them around a warm mug of this punch.

Big-batch rum punch with a hint of rosemary is the perfect cocktail recipe for a crowd
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Rosemary cider rum punch recipe

Serves 10-12

Total time: 10 minutes


  • 24 ounces apple cider
  • 16 ounces dark rum
  • 8 ounces seltzer
  • 6 sprigs rosemary, plus more for garnish
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Apple slices, for garnish


  1. In a small saucepot, combine the rosemary sprigs, water and sugar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer, and stir until the sugar has dissolved. Remove from the heat, set aside, and let cool completely.
  2. In a large punch bowl, place all the ingredients, including the rosemary simple syrup, and stir to combine.
  3. Add the apple slices and rosemary sprigs to the punch bowl for garnish.
  4. Serve either cold in ice-filled glasses or warm.

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