Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Crockpot mulled apple cider

I learned something Sunday at the big 6th birthday blowout. There are two great ingredients to add to your next New England cold-weather party: a propane deck heater (about $130-$150 at your local big box hardware store) and hot mulled apple cider. Both give a lovely sense of warmth and comfort, perfect for extending the outdoor entertaining season.

The hot apple cider, especially prepared in a crockpot, is very easy and proved to be very popular. Place a bottle of Calvados or other brandy by the cider when serving so folks can add a splash if they wish.

Crockpot mulled apple cider
1 gallon of apple cider
4 cinnamon sticks
12 whole cloves
12 allspice berries
3 pieces of crystallized ginger
2 tablespoons maple syrup
peel from 1 orange, cut into strips
peel from 1/4 lemon, cut into strips

Pour apple cider into crockpot. Add cinnamon sticks, maple syrup, orange peel, and lemon peel. Put cloves, allspice, and ginger into a teaball or cheesecloth bag, and place teaball or bag into the cider. Cook covered on high for 2 hours. After 20 minutes, skim out the lemon peel. After 1 hour, skim out the orange peel. After 2 hours, remove spices. Set temperature to low. Prior to serving, set temperature to keep warm.


  1. The smell of apple cider simmering away is just so welcoming, silly but never thought of using my crock pot instead of simmer on the stove.

  2. Thanks! The crock pot really worked well, especially for a party.

  3. Oh my--a cold weather New England party sounds so quaint and charming--especially with Apple cider! Love it!

  4. We needed the warming cider. It was quite chilly that day!


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