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Warm Spiked Cider

Warm Spiked Cider

Warm Spiked Cider

by | Mar 13, 2018

Winter is coming and with it comes the crisp cold air that could chill us to the bone if not for our puffy jackets, mittens and scarves. Of course, we’re lucky enough here in the South that we only need those on a few winter days.

What I like about this time of year is the changing flavors and aromas. Gathering in a warm house surrounded by family and friends, I love the smells coming from the kitchen — roasting turkey and honey-baked ham, earthy potatoes and collards, spicy cloves, sweet apples; it’s enough to warm every soul in range.

When it comes to winter beverages for a crowd, one can never go wrong with a cider kept warm in a Crock-Pot. Coming in from the cold to be greeted by the fragrance and flavors of oranges, cinnamon, allspice and apple will invite everyone to relax.

This cider recipe is versatile because you don’t add your spirit of choice until you prepare your cup, if you choose to add it at all, allowing people of all ages to enjoy it. And it is very flexible as to the type of spirit you can add.

If you want your cider to be spiked more on the spice side, then a rye or Irish whiskey is what you’re looking for. If you want something a little sweeter, then add your favorite spiced rum, bourbon or brandy. No matter what you choose, the memories of those family gatherings and dinners will continue long after everyone else is gone.

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Warm Spiked Cider
At your next gathering, pull out the Crock-Pot for this versatile, comforting cider.
Course Drinks
Cuisine Comfort
Servings
Course Drinks
Cuisine Comfort
Servings
Instructions
  1. Fill a Crock-Pot with cider. Add in orange slices, cloves, cinnamon sticks, allspice and star anise. You may also want to put the spices in a tea ball, tied cheesecloth or coffee filter.
  2. Set the Crock-Pot to low and let cook for about four hours.
  3. To serve, ladle the cider into a mug and add 1½ to 2 ounces of your favorite spiced rum, bourbon, whiskey or brandy.
  4. Garnish with an orange slice and a cinnamon stick.

About The Author

Sandi Grigg

Growing up in a small town in the foothills of North Carolina and attending the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, I always dreamed of living on the coast. After earning my degree in Marketing/Branding I moved to Wilmington and the life my spouse and I have created for ourselves is a blessing beyond words. Together we enjoy kayaking the Cape Fear, fishing the shores of Carolina Beach and picking up seashells and shark’s teeth. At home, I love to cook and write recipes, play with our dogs, and take on DIY home improvement endeavors. Being a part of the Carolina Marketing Company team has shown me that you really can enjoy your job. I am truly grateful to have a career I love in the city I aspired to be in. Life is grand!

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