October 15, 2012

{SavourTheSeason} Day 15: Crockpot Spiced Hot Apple Cider

This is a simple and delicious way to serve hot apple cider to a crowd.  The orange may seem like an odd twist, but trust me, it really adds something special to the cider.

(I just noticed that the spice jar in the above photo says "ground cloves" and clearly contains whole cloves.  Note to self: fix label on cloves...)

Thickly slice one orange and stud the slices with whole cloves.  This not only looks pretty, but keeps the flavourful cloves contained so that don't get ladled into your mug of cider.

Add orange slices and 6 cinnamon sicks to about 10 cups of pure apple cider in a slow cooker. Set the cooker to low a couple of hours before your party begins so that the cider has time to heat up.  If your crockpot has a "warm" function, turn the cider to warm once the party begins.   You can keep adding more cider to the pot throughout the party, although I'm not convinced it is ever actually possible to have enough hot apple cider for a crowd!


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  1. Sounds like a crowd pleaser! I would have never thought of affixing the cloves to something to keep them out if cups!

  2. Oh yes, I want to try this as soon as I get back home to Italy! I made something similar (but called it wassail) last year for a Christmas party and then ended up making it again and again all winter for me. :-) Here's the recipe and photos:


  3. An awful lot like wassil! Looks delicious!

  4. I can almost smell it now! You could do whole autumn cookbook, or a tab at the top of your page where all your recipes are printable...that would be so cool!

  5. is there an easy way to make the apple cider part at home other than buying the store-brand version?

    1. We've made apple cider before, but it meant borrowing a cider press, and an apple grinder.

  6. One of my favorite fall drinks! :)

  7. President's Choice? May I wager a guess that you're Canadian?

    Happy Belated Thanksgiving!

  8. Out here in the west (Strathmore, Alberta), apple cider is hard to find. I make apple cider in a similar way using straight up apple juice. In a slow cooker, I add in 2 cinnamon sticks, 5 whole cloves and a tea bag. I like to use orange flavoured tea, such as Celestial Seasoning's Mandarin Orange Spice. Let it warm until it's steaming - usally about 4 hours. I love it, and it's way better than the powdered junk you add water to. No such thing would pass as apple cider in southern Ontario!


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