Mom's Mulled Cider for the Crock Pot

Recipe by HeatherFeather
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READY IN: 2hrs 15mins
SERVES: 10-20
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Set a medium or large crock pot to HIGH heat.
  • Fill crock pot with cider- leaving room for the apple and orange to float around (we'll get to them in a minute).
  • You will have extra cider at this point- use this for replenishing later.
  • Wash the orange and apple and dry off.
  • Poke cloves into the flesh of the orange and the apple- as many as you like.
  • Set the cloves studded fruit into the crock pot.
  • Add cinnamon sticks and some brown sugar to taste.
  • Using a vegetable peeler, cut off two long strips of lemon rind from one of the lemons, being careful not to get any of the white pith.
  • Drop these into the cider pot and save the rest of the partially zested lemon for another use.
  • Slice the remaining lemon into thin slices and drop 4-5 slices into the cider pot.
  • Save the remaining slices for later or another use (I set them in a dish for guests to use as garnish).
  • Cover crock pot and let mixture come to almost a boil (this may take up to an hour- this will vary greatly depending upon the size of your crock pot).
  • Once it is almost boiling,sprinkle with a very light dash of each ground spice to taste (don't add too much or it will be gritty).
  • Turn the heat down to LOW and allow cider to cook at least another hour before serving.
  • Leave the crock pot on LOW and allow guests to ladle out mugfuls.
  • Keep replenishing more cider as the crockpot empties.
  • You will NOT need to add more spices, etc, as long as you still have 1/4 of the original mulled cider left in the crock.
  • No need to return to a boil, just pour in the new cider and continue to heat on LOW.
  • The last dregs of cider will be very heavily spiced- I usually discard the remaining 1/4 of liquid after I am finished replenishing the cider for the day.
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