As fall changes to winter, there is never a better time for a warm cup of hot cider, We've adapted this recipe by adding a little spice and citrus to the winter classic. For the over 21 crowd, pump it up with Fireball and butterscotch schnapps to invoke the flavors of apple pie.
2 teaspoons whole cloves
1 gallon apple cider
1/2 cup lemon juice
Cinnamon sticks, for garnish
Fireball Cinnamon whiskey, optional
Butterscotch schnapps, optional
- Stick the pointy ends of the cloves into the orange so that just the buds of the cloves are visible. Cover entire orange with cloves.
- In a slow cooker or on the stove top, mull the apple cider with the clove studded orange, lemon juice, 4 cinnamon sticks and 3 star anise for several hours on low heat.
- Serve in warm mugs with a fresh cinnamon stick garnish. For adults, add fireball and schnapps to taste.