It’s fall, you say? Wait. Wait just a second.
Grab an orange. Stick some cloves in it. Throw it in your Crock Pot along with a few cinnamon sticks and a bottle of apple cider. Turn it on. Wait four hours.
Okay. NOW it can be fall.
Not only is this recipe seriously that easy, it’s also quintessentially autumn. It looks like fall. It tastes like fall. It makes the entire house smell like fall.
It warms you up after an hour or two of kicking around in the fall leaves or picking out that perfect pumpkin or trick-or-treating on a perfectly frosty night when you can see your breath. And for the adults, you can add a perfect extra little warming factor: rum.
I know, I know, by now we’ve all seen a gazillion hot spiced apple cider recipes. But this one, I think, is special because it takes only four whole ingredients – no special mulling spices required. Plus, it utilizes that wondrous kitchen appliance – the slow cooker – so you don’t have to stand over the stove or worry about keeping it at the perfect temperature once it’s ready to be served. It just sits there on your kitchen counter, being awesome, until everyone happily drinks it all down.
Yep. Bring it on, fall.
- 2 quarts (64 ounces or 8 cups) apple cider
- Six 3-inch cinnamon sticks, plus more for serving if desired
- 1 medium orange
- 2 tablespoons whole cloves
- Rum of your choice (optional)
- Additional cinnamon sticks for serving.
- Pour apple cider into a 2.5-quart or larger Crock Pot or other slow cooker. Add cinnamon sticks to cider.
- With a toothpick, poke holes all around the orange, about ½ inch to 1 inch apart. Carefully poke the cloves into the toothpick holes in the orange (see photo for an example of a clove-studded orange).
- Place orange into the cider in the slow cooker.
- Cook on low for about 4 hours. Ladle into mugs along with an ounce or so of rum if using. Place a cinnamon stick in each glass. Serve.