Thirsty Thursday: crock pot apple cider

| November 27, 2014

Cooler temperatures mean warmer drinks. For a festive drink, try this homemade apple cider. The prep time is short, and it is sure to be a hit at all your holiday gatherings.

Ingredients

  • 10 to 12 apples
  • water (enough to cover the apples)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks
  • 15 whole cloves
  • Nutmeg
  • Maple syrup (to taste)
  • Brown sugar (to taste)
This apple cider will warm all your winter gatherings. Photo by Michelle Carpenter

This apple cider will warm all your winter gatherings. Photo by Michelle Carpenter

Instructions

  • Slice apples, removing the core and stem and place in the crock pot.
  • Cover the apples with water. Be careful not to use too much water or the cider will be diluted.
  • Add in spices.
  • Stir in maple syrup and brown sugar. If you want really sweet cider, add more syrup and sugar. I used half a cup of syrup and a quarter cup of brown sugar. The cider wasn’t super sweet, but it was good.
  • Turn crock pot on high and cook for 4 to 8 hours.
  • If you wish, you can strain the cider. I thought that would make it more complicated. When it came time to serve, I simply scooped the cider out with a ladle.

Once the cider is complete, you can still add more syrup or sugar if you or any of your guests feel it is not sweet enough. You can even make the cider a hard cider by adding some whiskey to it for added fun and flavor.

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Category:Food and Drink, Lifestyle

Michelle Liringis is the Lifestyle Editor for the 2013-2014 year. She is an English major with a journalism minor and has been working with the Niner Times since her freshman year.

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Michelle Liringis is the Lifestyle Editor for the 2013-2014 year. She is an English major with a journalism minor and has been working with the Niner Times since her freshman year.