I love that this recipe has no added sugar! And it's so pretty with the orange slices and cinnamon sticks floating in it. However the spices were too strong for our taste. After making I added another gallon of cider and that helped, so next time I will only use half the allspice and cloves.
So easy and delicious!!! The perfect holiday drink! My husband added some Brandy to his and made it alcoholic...and loved it also! A tea diffuser is an absolute must for the spices, as a little side note :-)
Tasty Treat! and Easy too!
I made this for Thanksgiving. It was great! I apparently didn't read the directions where it says to put the spices in a cheesecloth. DOH! I just dumped everything in the crockpot. I didn't have whole alspice, so I used ground, which wasn't a problem, but the whole cloves got too strong by the end of the day. Next time I'll use the cheesecloth. This was a huge hit. Even the baby loved it. She had hers without the brandy the grown-ups put in theirs. ;)
I love this recipe. To make it extra special I add 1/2 - 3/4 cup of frozen orange juice concentrate while the mixture is simmering. I have made this for many gatherings, no matter how much I make it is never enough. Everyone loves it and wants the recipe. The house smells wonderful while it is simmering too.
I kept a warm pot of this wonderful potion brewing all Thanksgiving day in my slow cooker. It sure hit the spot when we returned from our chilly post-dinner walk.
I cut one additional orange in half and crushed it over the cider (I was too lazy to actually juice it) and my guests for Thanksgiving inhaled it, all the while trying to figure out what it was (they never had cider before). Boy were they amazed, and boy was *I* amazed at how quick they drank it down!! Definitely a good party pleaser