Create Your Own Hot Mulled Cider in a Crock Pot
Nothing perks up a cold winter day quite like a steaming mug of mulled cider, and unlike many cold winter treats mulled cider is actually quite quick and easy to make. If you can boil water, chances are you can make a tasty batch of hot mulled cider to share with family and friends.
Even though the recipe is quite easy, it is important to use the right equipment in order to create a tasty cider. One of the most important considerations is the saucepan you use. It is important to avoid the use of aluminum pans, because the aluminum in the pan will react with the acid in the cider to create an unpleasant metallic taste in the finished products. Of course the great thing about this recipe is that it dispenses with the saucepan altogether, using a convenient crock pot instead.
It is also a good idea to experiment with different levels of spice, and different levels of sweetness, as you make your concoction. Either honey or raw sugar, or a combination of both, can be used to sweeten the cider if need be, and the levels of spices can be adjusted to your individual taste.
In order to make a batch of hot mulled cider, first gather the following ingredients:
3 quarts fresh apple cider
¼ cup brown sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons allspice
3 sticks of cinnamon
4 strips of orange zest
1 tablespoon of fresh cloves
1 all purpose crock pot
After these ingredients have been assembled, simply follow these simple steps to create your own wonderful mulled apple cider in a crock pot:
Place the apple cider, brown sugar, orange zest and cinnamon into the crock pot
Place the allspice and the whole cloves into a tea strainer, then float it in the cider mixture
Cover the crock pot and set it to low heat
Cook the mixture at the low heat setting for six to eight hours
Serve the hot mulled cider right from the crock pot using a serving ladle
As you are serving the cider, be sure to look for any loose spices that may have escaped during the cooking process. If any loose spices are present, be sure to strain the cider before serving.