Rum Apple Crumble


Rum Apple Crumble is one of my go-to dessert recipes. The smell alone transports you to the tropics when this dessert is baking in the oven. It’s sweet and fruity without being overpowering and has a hint of citrus. It’s light, crisp and delicate! This Rum Apple Crumble is a classic kind of cake. I’ve used regular ground almonds which do need soaking overnight. (If you don’t have the time to wait, the next best thing to do is grind your own in a coffee grinder or high-speed blender).

Apple Crumble Cocktail

This Apple Crumble Cocktail is so simple to make and tastes like a crumbly apple pie in liquid form, a delicious fall alcoholic drink you can make in minutes!

Fall is in full swing and I for one am loving all the seasonal drinks coming out of my kitchen! Especially this Apple Crumble Cocktail which is the perfect cozy cocktail for chilly months. This cocktail is smooth and delicious and combines the amazing flavor of a New England fall with Don Q’s delicious Puerto Rican Spiced rum. It’s seriously a match made in a cocktail shaker.

Puerto Rico is one of my favorite places I’ve ever been and let me tell ya, they sure know how to do rum! Destilería Serrallés is one of America’s oldest family-owned businesses with a rum making tradition that started in 1865. Destilería Serrallés is based in Ponce, Puerto Rico where it produces its flagship product, the award-winning Don Q rum, the #1 selling rum on the island.

Don Q Rum is aged, craft, exceptional and environmentally responsible. They’re one of the greenest distilleries in the world and one of the only ones that don’t dump wastewater into the ocean. The Don Q Spiced rum is a premium spiced rum with warm, radiant, rich, golden hues and a medium to heavy texture evident on the glass. It lends lovely notes to the apple juice and spice of this apple crumble cocktail, that will have you head over heels in love.

This Apple Crumble Cocktail is a delicious fall drink!

What is Spiced Rum?

Don Q Spiced has been aged at least three years in American white oak barrels. Warm kitchen spices like vanilla, cinnamon, and caramel slowly give way to oaky notes and a touch of roasted coffee.

What Taste Notes are in Don Q Spiced Rum?

  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Caramel
  • Coffee
  • Oak

What Can You Mix With Spiced Rum?

The most common mixer is cola, but I prefer juice based rum cocktails. Rum is a very friendly spirit and mixes well with a number of different things, so just have fun with it! What’s your favorite cocktail to make with Don Q Spiced Rum?


Course: Dessert


  • 1 cup of rum
  • 1 cup of raisins
  • 8-9 medium sized apples (gala or fuji) peeled, cored and diced
  • 1/3 cup white sugar
  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 cups rolled oats
  • 1 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup butter softened


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Add rum and raisins to a small saucepan and place on medium heat until raisins begin to puff. Take saucepan off heat, cover and let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Add sliced apples, rum and raisins, white sugar, cinnamon to a 9×13 baking dish. Add cornstarch to a little cold water, add to apple mixture and mix well.
  • In a separate bowl add butter, oats, flour and brown sugar, mix well to combine
  • Add topping to apples, and press down lightly.
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 50 minutes to 1 hour until bubbly and lightly browned on top. Enjoy!


Apple Filling

2 pounds Honeycrisp apples
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
3 tablespoons honey
2 tablespoons dark rum

Crumb Topping

8 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
⅓ cup light brown sugar
⅓ cup granulated sugar
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
½ teaspoon kosher salt


Once while making this recipe, I ate so many of the apples before preparing the crumb topping that I changed plans, topped them with vanilla ice cream, and called it a day. I do, however, recommend following through with the entire recipe because the crumb topping is equally delicious.

Begin by preheating the oven to 350 degrees and placing about 6 ramekins or individual baking dishes (depending on your preferred size) on a baking sheet. 

Peel the apples then cut into slices just over 1/4-inch thick, discarding the core. 

Melt the butter for the filling in a large pan over medium heat, then add the honey and rum, stirring to combine.  Once the mixture begins to bubble and thicken, cook for another minute, stirring frequently.  Add the apples and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally, until they begin to soften.

Use a slotted spoon to transfer the apples to a bowl, leaving all juice in the pan.  Continue to cook over medium heat, stirring constantly.  As the sauce thickens and begins to foam, lower heat as necessary so it does not become dark.  Once reduced to about two tablespoons, stir sauce into apples and divide filling among ramekins or baking dishes.

Melt the butter and let it cool.  Combine the flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl.  Drizzle the butter over the flour mixture and incorporate it thoroughly yet gently using a fork.  Use hands to form crumbs by gently squeezing the topping.  Scatter crumbs over the apples.

Bake until the filling bubbles around edges and the crumb topping turns golden, about 30 minutes.

Remove apple crumbles from baking sheet and let cool for at least 20 minutes.  Serve warm. Vanilla ice cream optional.

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