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Hot Cider

We love Hot Cider and we drink gallons of the stuff during the fall months!

It’s great to serve on a cool fall evening, sitting around a bonfire to sip on while you visit with family or friends. You can keep it hot in your crock pot for a Harvest party, or enjoy serving it for a Fall Tea in a thermal carafe.

Let me share how easy I make my hot cider

Ingredients
3 whole cloves
2-3 short cinnamon sticks
2 Tbsp. brown sugar,  maple syrup or  honey (all work perfectly)
1/2  gallon fresh apple cider

I put everything: the cloves, cinnamon sticks, maple syrup and the Cider all in the crock pot . I turn my crockpot on low or keep warm setting (both settings work well to steep and not boil it), for about 2 hours so the spices blend and steep into your cider. Then with a slotted spoon, I just scoop out the cloves and cinnamon sticks and it done Perfect for serving right out of the crockpot. Just in case a clove gets missed by the slotted spoon, I started a saying  “Anyone who finds a clove in their cup, is extra special for the night!”  🙂

You can also Put cider in a large pan and heat on VERY LOW. Stir in sugar or maple syrup and float the mulling spices (cloves & cinnamon sticks) in a large tea bag or large tea ball. This method works well too. Also often, You can find large cloth tea bags at your local health food store. You can also make your own using cheesecloth and tie it with roasting string, and this is very easy too. Then you’d just Heat and steep your cider and spices for at least 20 minutes, the longer the better but be careful not to let it boil! A crock pot works great for heating it up slowly and keeping it hot for a long time at gatherings, or out by a bonfire, without the worry of boiling it.

Now here’s another idea, if  you have a family you’d like to bless this fall, or perhaps you have a new neighbor? You could take a jug of cider and attach a muslin tea bag with mulling spices  and a cute tag with heating instructions and this turns into a lovely gift, wouldn’t that be a sweet thing we’d all love to receive!

Need another idea? Here’s one for serving cold cider! Its simple festive, and very fun! Use a large jar the kind with a spigot and a stand, fill it with cold cider, and simply add some slices of apples! Its so festive everyone always loves it and yet its sooo easy…..And no heating is even required!

So whether you like it hot or cold I hope you’ll enjoy some fresh cider this fall!

p.s. Hot Cider goes great with homemade Pumpkin Cake! click here for our favorite pumpkin roll cake.

Hot Cider

Hot Cider

Ingredients

  • 3 whole cloves
  • 2-3 short cinnamon sticks
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, maple syrup or  honey
  • 1/2  gallon apple cider

Instructions

I put it all, the cloves and cinn sticks & maple syrup in the crock pot on low or keep warm, for a couple hours so the spices blend and steep into your cider. Then with a slotted spoon, I just scoop out the cloves and sticks and it works great. Just in case a clove gets missed by the slotted spoon, I started a saying  “Anyone who finds a clove in their cup is extra special for the night!”  

You can also Put cider in pan and heat on LOW. Stir in sugar and float mulling spices (cloves & cinnamon sticks) in a large tea bag or large tea ball. You can find large cloth tea bags at your local health food store. You can also make your own using cheesecloth and tie it with string. Heat and steep for at least 20 minutes, the longer the better but be careful not to let it boil! A crock pot works great for heating it up slowly and keeping it hot for a long time at gatherings, without the worry of boiling it.

Now here’s idea if you have a family you wish to bless this fall, or perhaps you have a new neighbor? You could take a jug of cider and attach a muslin tea bag with mulling spices  and a cute tag with heating instructions and wouldn’t that be a sweet thing.

Need another idea to serve cider cold? Its simple use a jar carafe on a stand, fill with cold cider, and simply add some slices of apples! Its so festive everyone always loves it and yet its sooo easy

Delightfully yours,
Annette

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