This weekend we attended our neighborhood block party. We had such a great time chatting with neighbors and voting on the best light decorations. Each couple was asked to bring their favorite holiday dessert, cookie or drink. I opted to bring hot apple cider and a bottle of amaretto (in case anyone wanted hard apple cider!). You can buy bottled apple cider at most grocery stores, but I never like to serve this cider straight from the bottle; the flavors are too muted. I use this hot apple cider recipe to spice up my store-bought cider. The cider was a big hit, even though it was only 75 degrees outside. As the first few cups were served and the scent of cider wafted through the gathering, more and more neighbors ventured over to help themselves to this much-loved holiday treat. Serve this at your next holiday party to get family and friends in the holiday mood!
- 1 Gallon Apple Cider
- 1 Apple
- 5 Cinnamon Sticks
- 1 tbsp. Whole Cloves
- Cutting Board
- Sharp Knife (non-serrated)
- Sifting Spoon
- 6 qt. Crock Pot or similar Cooking Pot
- Prepare your ingredients. Slice the apple so that you get whole slices about ⅛" thick; these float nicely on the cider surface.
- Shake the apple cider, then pour the entire gallon into the crockpot. Put the heat setting to low.
- Stir in the cinnamon sticks and whole cloves.
- Add the apple slices to the surface of the cider.
- Stir every 5 minutes.
- Cider should be nicely flavored in about 20 minutes and ready to serve.
- TIP: The cider looks lovely served in a glass goblet or mug. Add a dollop of whipped cream to the surface and insert a cinnamon stick for an extra touch of holiday cheer.
- TIP: For hard apple cider, spike the cider with about ½ -1 shot of rum, amaretto, cinnamon schnapps or vodka (per your preference) to one cup of cider.