Prep 5 mins
Cook 15 mins
my favorite way to make cider in the winter! i get the unfiltered apple cider if i can. i think it has a richer flavor. if you don't have fresh ginger, dried is okay. you want it in pieces though, not ground. You can also halve the cloves and add about 10 peppercorns.
- Throw everything into the crock pot, or on the stove on low heat, and simmer all day.
- If you run low on the cider, buy another gallon and dump it into the crock pot. You don't even have to replace the spices!
- you can start serving as soon as it's warm, but the flavor gets better the longer it simmers!
We had a big Christmas party a couple of days ago and I served this recipe. The only alteration I made was to grate some nutmeg into it rather than using whole, because the store was out of whole nutmegs, but it still turned out just fine. I threw it into the crockpot when I got up in the morning and people started drinking it in the early evening. It was a huge hit! We were afraid we were going to have to send someone out for more cider, but one gallon turned out to be just exactly right for fifteen party guests. And I loved it because since it's a crock pot recipe it was one less thing to worry about while running around frantically trying to get everything else together!