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Fall is officially here! In New England, that means crisp, cool air, majestic colors lighting up the roadside, and apples, apples, and more apples! It’s apple picking season and we got our journey on a few weekends ago. We also picked up some organic cider, which is made locally, literally a minute from our house. I used a good amount to whip up one of our fall favorites, Crock Pot Hot Spiced Apple Cider.
I know what you must be thinking. There are a ton of hot cider recipes out there, what makes this one any different? Well, for one, this particular recipe is made in a crock pot, which is the perfect environment for allowing food and beverages to simmer and gain intense flavor. And second, unlike a lot of hot spiced apple cider recipes, this one does not require a bunch of mulling spices and fancy footwork. All you have to do is pop everything into the crock and you’re good to go.
You can definitely add other spices or brown sugar. And it’s even yummier when topped with a sprinkle of cinnamon sugar. Enjoy!
2 quarts apple cider
8 3-inch cinnamon sticks
1 whole nutmeg
1 medium orange (cut into wedges)
Cinnamon sticks (for stirring/serving)
1. Pour apple cider into a 3-quart or larger crock pot. Add cinnamon sticks and whole nutmeg to cider.
2. Stick whole cloves into skin of orange wedges. Place wedges directly into cider or wrap in cheese cloth first.
3. Cook on low for about 4 hours. Ladle into mugs along with an ounce or so of rum if using. Place a cinnamon stick in each glass. Serve.
This recipe was originally published on Crystal’s blog, Mommifried.com.