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Hot Apple Cider

Posted on November 8, 2015 by in Appetizers + Snacks | 0 comments

Apple Cider

For every family gathering during the fall and winter months for as far back as I can remember, my mother always had a crock pot of spiced hot apple cider ready to go. Just the smell brings back memories of curling up by the fireplace watching Sunday afternoon football with the family, or sitting around the kitchen waiting for the turkey dinner to come out of the oven. No matter what the occasion, this naturally sweet and mildly spiced apple cider is a perfectly cozy treat!

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 L fresh pressed apple cider, unsweetened
  • 3 cinnamon sticks (or 1-2 tsp of ground cinnamon)
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg, ground
  • 1/2 tsp whole cloves (or 1/4 tsp ground gloves)
  • 1/3 medium orange, sliced into coins (optional)
  • rum or whisky (optional)

DIRECTIONS

Stove Top

  • In a medium saucepan, add apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and orange slices. Bring to a boil on high heat before reducing the heat to a simmer over medium-low heat. Simmer for 30 minutes, or until you can start to taste the cinnamon, cloves and orange flavours infusing the apple cider. Once the spice flavour is to your liking, add rum or whisky (optional), pour into a mug and garnish with a fresh cinnamon stick, orange slice or an extra sprinkle of cinnamon.

Crock Pot

  • In a medium or large crock pot, add apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and orange slices. Heat on high for 30 minutes. Reduce to low heat and continue to heat until you can start to taste the cinnamon, clove and orange flavours infusing the apple cider. Once the spice flavour is to your liking, add rum or whisky (optional), pour into a mug and garnish with a fresh cinnamon stick, orange slice or an extra sprinkle of cinnamon.

NOTES/TIPS

  • If I am entertaining, I make my hot apple cider in a crock pot.  Keeping it on low heat keeps the cider at a perfect serving temperature.  If I am leaving the cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange sliced in the crock pot as decoration, I will usually keep an extra bottle of apple cider ready to go to refill or dilute the cider if the spice flavour gets too strong. Alternatively, you can remove the cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange slices once the cider is spiced to your liking.

With love from my kitchen to yours, Bon Appétit!

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