December 1, 2013

Hot Spiced Cider and War Eagle!

Before I share my spiced cider recipe, I just have to give a big WAR EAGLE to my Auburn Tigers!   What a game last night between Auburn and Alabama…the biggest state rival of the year.    After our dismal year last year, we have come so far and now have a chance to win against Missouri next weekend in Atlanta.     We partied at my daughter’s house and there is always a mixed group as her husband is an Alabama fan and he had his crowd there and we also had a lot of Auburn fans.    The one thing we all agreed on was all the good food!

My son in law had set up a TV out on the patio under a tent…later he made a fire in the fire pit so we could stay warm

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These girls could care less about watching the game!   (Granddaughter Taylor in gray top and shorts(!); her cousin in pink and their friend in orange top)

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The guys set up the table with a blue tarp (only a man!) for the shrimp boil we had

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Jordan-Hare stadium packed….and the weather was gorgeous!

A couple of years ago we took the “big kids” and grandkids to The Lodge in Calloway Gardens for the Fantasy In Lights show.   The Lodge served the most delicious spiced cider in a large silver urn set up in the lobby every day.    I’m not a coffee drinker so I always love it when I find a good hot drink for the winter and this one is fabulous.   I found this recipe on line and it is identical to the one served at The Lodge.   


  • 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)

  • 1 teaspoon 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. 


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Oh my gosh, this stuff is soooo good.   I made my first batch for Thanksgiving and there was none left by Friday morning.   

It looks like a lot of you have either started your Christmas decorating or even finished.    I got some stuff out of the storage building this morning and there’s more in the attic but I’ll have to wait on my husband to get the stuff down for me.    He’s out today putting up Christmas lights and some other decorations for some of his “little old lady friends”…..there are a few older ladies who don’t have anyone to help them get their Christmas stuff out so he always goes over and helps them out….I think that’s so sweet.     So I’ll have to wait for him to get around to helping me!

Can you believe it’s December 1st?   Neither can I!   


Rhonda said...

First of all - WAR EAGLE BABY!!!
Gave up my ticket as I had to
babysit :( but still enjoyed it from home. What a game.
Ive been looking for a good cider recipe - I can't wait to try this one.

Kelly said...

We are GA Bulldog fans here, but since they weren't doing good at the beginning of the game (against Ga Tech) we turned it to the Alabama game and were rooting for Auburn. We loathe Alabama!!! We were thrilled that Auburn beat them this year. Quite a game. We were also relieved that the Bulldogs beat Tech this year too. Our team lately has been hard to watch because it seems they start out losing and then turn it around in the last half of the game, so we never think they're going to win until the last minute! Torture! Your cider looks good. I love hot cider! Thanks for the recipe.

Ron said...

Great job, Auburn! The cider recipe sounds perfect for the cooler weather. I bet the smell is divine. xo

Linda@Coastal Charm said...

Oh Judy...that was one AWESOME game! I will be posting about my time there tomorrow...let's just say this...this ole gal was rolling some happy tears...just couldn't stop them...WAR EAGLE!! Thanks for the recipe.


Unknown said...

Now I know why I am so drawn to your blog! WAR EAGLE!!!!! We already have our tickets to the SEC Championship game...I just hope we are ahead a few touchdowns before those last few seconds of that game, not sure I can withstand another nail biter like the GA and Bama games!!! Love your blog and will have to try your cider recipe.

Unknown said...

Maybe next year I need to call him to help this " little ole lady"!! ;))

Unknown said...

Maybe next year I need to call him to help this " little ole lady"!! ;))

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