We love Hot Cider and we drink gallons of the stuff during the fall months!
Its great to serve on a cool fall evening sitting around the fire outside and sip on while you visit with family & friends. You can keep it hot in your crock pot for a Harvest party, or enjoy serving it for a Fall Tea.
Let me share how easy it is to make hot cider
3 whole cloves
2-3 short cinnamon sticks
2 Tbsp. brown sugar, maple syrup or honey
1/2 gallon apple cider
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 local health food stores. You can also make your own using cheesecloth and string to tie it. I often just put the cloves and sticks in the crock pot whole for a couple hours then, with a slotted spoon, I just scoop out the cloves and sticks and it works fine. 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!”
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 (set to low) and keeping it hot for a long time at gatherings, without the worry of boiling it.
Do 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 filled with mulling spices to it using a simple bow and a pretty tag. You could even add a pumpkin muffin mix or a simple recipe card for apple cake tied to your jug.
p.s. Hot Cider goes great with homemade Pumpkin Cake!