With just four ingredients - okay, five if you spike it with your favorite rum - this Crock Pot hot spiced apple cider couldn't be any easier to make. It's the perfect excuse to get out there and rake the leaves.
2quartsapple cider64 ounces or 8 cups
6(3-inch) cinnamon sticks
1medium organic naval orange*
Rum of your choiceoptional
Additional cinnamon sticks for servingoptional
Pour apple cider into a 2.5-quart or larger Crock Pot or other slow cooker. Add cinnamon sticks.
With a toothpick, poke holes all around the orange, about 1/2 inch to 1 inch apart. Carefully poke the cloves into the toothpick holes in the orange.
Place orange into the cider in the slow cooker.
Cook on low until hot and spiced through, about 4 hours. Ladle into mugs along with an ounce or so of rum if using. Place a cinnamon stick in each glass if desired and serve.
* I prefer an organic orange because it's going into the drink, peel and all. It just makes me feel better about the whole thing. If you prefer to go non-organic, totally fine - go for it!