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A North Country specialty, this warm rum drink combines apples, maple syrup, a few healthy glugs of dark rum.

Two mugs of Apple maple cocktails on a leafy surface

We created this hot rum cocktail during our multi-day kayaking trip in the St. Regis Canoe Wilderness in Upstate New York. Similar to a hot toddy, but using rum instead of whiskey, we found the nautical nature of the drink paired nicely with the local flavors of the Adirondacks. Hot water, slices of locally picked apples, maple syrup, and dark spiced rum, this drink was the perfect nightcap as we watched the sun set over the lake.

Why It Works For Camping

‣  If ice is in short supply or it’s just too brisk outside to consider drinking something cold, a hot cocktail can go a long way to warm the spirit.

Special Equipment

‣  While not required, a nice insulated mug will keep your drink warmer for longer.

Ingredient Notes

‣  For the true purists, grog is supposed to be made with Pusser’s Navy Rum. But you’ll be fine with any type of dark rum. We brought along a 375 ml bottle of Kraken spiced rum which fit nicely into our bear barrel, but if you’re concerned about weight (re: backpacking) a small nip of Mount Gay, Myers, or Black Seal will do.

Michael pouring rum into a pot on a small stove Two mugs of Apple maple cocktails on a leafy surface

Two mugs of Apple maple cocktails on a leafy surface

Apple Maple Grog

Author: Fresh Off the Grid
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Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes


  • 2 cups water
  • 1 apple, sliced into chunks
  • 3 oz dark rum
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup


  • Bring the water and apples to a low boil for a few minutes until the apples have softened a bit. Add the rum and maple syrup and stir well. Remove from the heat and split between two cups.



Insulated Mug

Nutrition (Per Serving)

Calories: 197kcal
*Nutrition is an estimate based on information provided by a third-party nutrition calculator
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Michael cooking over a campfire