a cup of autumn

October one; cue brisk autumn breeze. Cooler weather puts me in a creative mood, and invariably with it comes a craving for my favorite hot drink.

Spiced Hot Apple Cider

  • 2Q – 1 Gal. apple cider (not juice).
  • 2 – 4 slices orange with rind (or just the rinds).
  • ~tsp whole clove
  • ~tsp whole allspice
  • 2-3 cinnamon sticks.

Add all to crock-pot, heat on low for six hours (or longer), or on high for a few hours if you are short on time. Sometimes I put the cloves and allspice in a spice ball, but it seems to turn out best if I just let it float with the orange slices.

For the grown up version, try a touch of Cointreau or Triple sec to your mug when served.

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