Every fall I make this spiced cider. It’s sweet but not too sweet, slightly citrusy and perfectly spiced. Somehow it’s like squeezing everything I love about fall into one steaming mug. Make some to sip on while you carve your pumpkin this week. You have to try it!
1 gallon apple cider
2/3 cup real maple syrup
5 cinnamon sticks
16 whole cloves
16 whole allspice berries
1 orange peel, torn into pieces
1 lemon peel, torn into pieces
Pour the apple cider and maple syrup into a large slow cooker. Pile the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, orange peel and lemon peel on a square of cheesecloth. Fold the sides up to enclose the bundle, and tie it up with kitchen twine.
Drop the spice bundle into the cider mixture. Put the lid on the slow cooker. Leave the end of the twine sticking out of the pot so you can move the spices without opening the lid completely.
Cook on high for 4(ish) hours. Periodically reposition the spice packet to allow the flavor to disperse. If the cider begins to boil, turn the slow cooker down to low.
Drink up! Garnish with a cinnamon stick or orange slice. For an extra kick add a splash of spiced rum or honey whisky.
(My awesome grey plate was made by Lindsay of Suite One Studio!)