During family get togethers, one of the hardest things to do is make time to visit with family, and not be totally consumed with cooking and making sure the table is ready, food is ready on time, and everyone has something to drink.
I like to make sure everyone has something they like, so I found that most of our family loves hot apple cider. Our son was born in the winter (on my birthday!), and our daughter was born a week before Christmas! Two wonderful blessings! Every year, for birthday parties or Thanksgiving and Christmas gatherings, I pulled out my crock pot, and had a great hot cider ready to serve and making the house smell amazing!
This hot cider recipe can be put on 2-3 hours before you have guests coming, or let it simmer all day! There are other combinations out there, but this has been a staple for us to serve, and it is so relaxing on a cold winter’s day!
Hot Apple Cider
1 gallon apple cider
1 red apple
10-20 whole cloves
3 cinnamon sticks
Set the crock pot on high, and simmer the following ingredients for 2-3 hours, then on low for the rest of the day while serving guests. Pour cider into crock pot, leaving enough room to place the apple. Place whole cloves in the apple, and add to the cider. Place cinnamon sticks into the cider and heat.
After cooling completely, save any leftover cider in the fridge and you can heat a cup at a time for yourself the next day.