Last year when we took the “kids” and grandkids to Calloway Gardens for the Fantasy In Lights show we stayed at The Lodge (gorgeous place!). Every day they served the most delicious spiced cider in a huge silver urn. Ever since then I’ve been on the hunt for a good recipe to make here at home. I found one I liked on Pinterest that I basically followed. The great thing about this is it’s made in a crock pot so you can leave it on and not have to watch it and it makes the house smell soooo good!
HOT SPICED CIDER
- 1/2 gallon apple cider (the original recipe called for 1 gallon but I have a small crock pot and since it’s just the two of us, I didn’t need to make a huge amount)
- 1 cup brown sugar, or more to taste (I used about 2 cups since I like my cider sweet….like me!)
- 1 tea spoon whole cloves
- 2 cinnamon sticks
- 1 orange slice
Pour apple cider in crock pot. Add sugar and stir. Put the cloves in a tea ball and add to pot. Layer the cinnamon sticks and orange slices on top. Cover and simmer on high, stirring occasionally. Once hot, turn on low to keep warm.
We’re having a “cold spell” here in Alabama this weekend so it’s a perfect time for a hot drink. In fact, I’m going to have a cup right now!