Thirsty Thursday: Slow-Cooker Apple Cider Recipe
The “This or That: Fall Edition” debates have already begun to take over Instagram and Facebook as the public goes to battle over flannels or sweaters, pumpkin patches or haunted houses and coffee or apple cider. However you choose to spend your fall, almost everyone can agree that this transition into the colder months makes the soul feel warmer.
Apple cider, although a point of controversy for some, is one source of warmth going into the next quarter of the year. Rather than buying the jug from Walmart and heating it over the stove, try making your own batch from scratch.
Slow-Cooker Apple Cider Recipe
- 8 gala apples, cut into quarters
- 5 sticks cinnamon
- 1 tablespoon whole cloves
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 10 cups water
- ½ cup of brown sugar
They say good things come to those who wait — remember that as you’re making this cider because it will take a little over six hours from start to finish.
- In a slow cooker, add quartered apples, cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice. (To make things easier for you later in the process, place cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice in either a cheesecloth bundle or tea infuser.)
- Pour in water, and cook on high for three hours.
- After watching a couple of horror movies, you’re three hours should be up, so get out your potato masher and mash the apples in the cooker. Add in brown sugar and cook on low for one and a half hours.
- Remove cinnamon sticks, cloves and allspice and strain remaining apple from liquid.
- Put on your flannel, or sweater, and curl up with your warm mug of homemade apple cider.
READ MORE: Prime Pickings: Pumpkin Patches in Arkansas