Apple Maple Grog

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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.

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Hot water, slices of locally picked apples, maple syrup, and dark spiced rum, this drink was the perfect nightcap as we watched the sunset over the lake.

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 stoveTwo 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
5 from 1 vote
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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
Michael cooking over a campfire

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  1. Wow, what a variation on a hot-toddy/spiced rum recipie. Thanks.

    You guys will be missed. Let us know what your next project(s) is/are….

    God Speed!!!

  2. Damn that sounds really good. Gonna try it this weekend. Thanks for the recipe. Cheers.5 stars