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!
[This is day 15 in a 31 day series about celebrating autumn. Click here for more Autumn-y goodness!]