Salty Maple Buttered Cider

[Photograph: María del Mar Sacasa]

Hot buttered rum is even better with warm cider. A sprinkle of Maldon salt and a hint of lemon juice round out the flavors.

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Salty Maple Buttered Cider

About This Recipe

Yield:makes 2 cocktails
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:10 minutes
Special equipment:small plate, small saucepan
This recipe appears in: Spiked Hot Cider: 5 Fun Variations to Make at Home


  • Maldon salt
  • Half of 1 lemon
  • 1 tablespoon softened butter
  • 2 tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 vanilla bean pod, seeds scraped out
  • 4 ounces dark rum
  • 8 ounces apple cider


  1. 1

    Scatter Maldon salt on a small plate. Rub the rim of two heatproof glasses or mugs with the lemon half, then dip in salt.

  2. 2

    Combine the butter, maple syrup, and vanilla bean seeds in small bowl. Set aside. Combine rum and cider in a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Pour into prepared glasses, then top each with half of the butter. Serve immediately.


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