Or cold. But it’s better hot. All ingredients are approximate…
- gallon of apple cider
- several cinnamon sticks
- tsp or so allspice
- tsp nutmeg
- tsp cloves
- brown sugar to taste
- orange slices (optional)
- cheesecloth or large tea ball
- crock pot
Dump the cider in the crock pot and get it going on low.
Cut the cheesecloth in a large square (you won’t need the whole thing), and put on it your cinnamon sticks (you might need to break them), and the rest of your spices. Pull up the ends of the cheesecloth to make a pouch and tie something around the neck VERY securely. (I use cooking string.) If you’re making a smaller batch, sometimes those large tea balls will work. But for a big batch, I prefer the cheesecloth.
Float the cheesecloth full of spices in the cider. Let it simmer and cook for a couple of hours. Your house will smell incredible.
If needed, before serving, add the brown sugar. For decoration, float the orange slices on top.