06. warming winter cider

this spicy, citrus-infused cider is the perfect thing for a winter gathering. to prove this, we chose to test the recipe at our new year’s eve party. it was an especially chilly night in boston and our friends loved having something warm and delicious to greet them as they came in from the cold. serve it straight or with a shot of bourbon to make it extra festive.

1 gallon organic apple cider
2 oranges, sliced
1 inch of fresh ginger, peeled and cut into coin-sized pieces
5 cinnamon sticks, broken in half
10 black peppercorns
1 teaspoon whole cardamom seeds
1 teaspoon whole cloves

place spices in a muslin seasoning bag or piece of cheesecloth. in slow cooker, combine cider, spices and oranges (blood oranges are especially striking and delicious). set slow cooker to high and let cook for about 3 hours, occasionally stirring and checking temperature.

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