Apple Cider and Rum Punch

Hard ciders can range from bone-dry to rather sweet, so take a sip and adjust the simple syrup if needed.


  • 1 cup aged rum

  • 1 cup sweet vermouth

  • ½ cup fresh lemon juice

  • ¼ cup simple syrup

  • 4 dashes Angostura bitters

  • ½ red apple, very thinly sliced, plus more for serving

  • 3 3×1-inch strips orange zest, very thinly sliced, plus more for serving

  • 1 12-ounce can Somerset or Original


  • Combine rum, vermouth, lemon juice, simple syrup, and bitters in a large pitcher. Add 2 cups ice and stir until ice has mostly melted and punch is very cold. Stir in apple slices and orange zest; gently stir in cider.

  • Divide punch among ice-filled old-fashioned glasses and garnish with more apple slices and orange zest.

  • Do Ahead: Punch (without apple, orange zest, and cider) can be made 1 day ahead. Chill.