Happy Hour: Apple Cider Rum Old Fashioned

Apple Cider Rum Old Fashioned Cocktail | Dine X Design


Autumn is officially here!

And while brainstorming “transitional cocktail” ideas that would sweep us (read: pull us) effortlessly from our tight grips of longer summer days into the soothing embrace of autumn’s delicious golden light…well, it was a difficult task seeing that parts of the country are still hovering strong in the 90 degree territory. 

Luckily our cocktail correspondent, Elana Lepkowski of Stir & Strain, didn’t flinch at the nation’s conflicting weather reports and was brilliant to come forward with a cooling drink that still stood strong with notes of fall’s spiced flavors.

Four Words: Apple Cider Ice Cubes.

Consider you life changed and your season off to the perfect start. Cheers!

~Editor, Kristin Guy


For those of us in Southern California, it’s been quite difficult to imagine that Autumn is fast approaching. But even as temperatures soar past 100°F for us, I’ve got tunnel vision for apple cider and Fall flavors.

Apple Cider Rum Old Fashioned  | Dine X Design

I may have gone a bit overboard when buying apple cider last week. It was available, and I convinced myself that 2 gallons was totally necessary to have on hand (it’s not by the way). My husband had a stroke of genius when he suggested I freeze it into ice cubes and use it for ice in a cocktail!

Which brings us to today’s tipple: the Apple Cider Rum Old Fashioned.

Apple Cider Rum Old Fashioned

2 ounces gold rum, Phraya used here
1 bar spoon brown sugar
3 dashes Miracle Mile Forbidden Bitters
splash Canton Ginger Liqueur
3-4 apple cider ice cubes (see note in recipe below)
Apple Cider Rum Old Fashioned | Dine X Design

In a rocks glass, add brown sugar, bitters and Canton. Muddle together. Add apple cider ice cubes to the glass (note: to make ice cubes, pour apple cider into an ice cube tray, freeze overnight). Pour rum over ice cubes and gently stir to combine. To make a “long” version of this, top with a few ounces of club soda.

Apple Cider Rum Old Fashioned Cocktail | Dine X Design

No need to dress this little guy up. He’s all booze, splashed with the heady aroma of Autumn: apples, spices, rum. Well, rum may not scream falling leaves for some of you, but believe me, it’s a friend to apple cider in this cocktail. Enjoy!

Recipe & Photos: Elana Lepkowski
Creative Direction & Styling: Kristin Guy
Elana Lepkowski

Elana Lepkowski is a Los Angeles based cocktail maker and photo taker at StirAndStrain.com, a cocktail scratch pad. You can find her on Instagram and Twitter for marginally amusing daily thoughts.


  • Reply September 25, 2014


    Ah, this sounds fantastic! I usually buy the 1/2 gallon of cider and the ladies at the cider mill are always pushing the whole gallon, so I finally broke down and bought one this morning. They told me they stock up and freeze it, so these ice cubes are genius. Can’t wait to try!

    • Kristin Guy
      Reply September 25, 2014

      Kristin Guy

      I wish I would have brought home some cider from my recent trip to MI, it’s unlike anything else you can find outside of the state! I did, however, have a dozen apples shipped home….I can’t say no to honey crisps!

  • Reply October 29, 2014

    Marla Meridith

    Stunning cocktail!

  • Reply November 23, 2015


    I’m so happy I found this recipe. This is going to be this year’s Thanksgiving cocktail! Thank you.

    x Sola | http://www.lifestonedadventures.com

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