Hot Apple Cider, autumn bliss

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Nothing warms you up in the dead of winter or a frosty fall night like a drink of Hot Apple Cider and the best thing about this winter treat is that it is so easy to prepare you can leave it in the pot go out and come back and it will be just right!

Hot Apple Cider which can be prepared in a slow cooker needs only four ingredients or sometimes five if you add a little rum. This recipe makes eight drinks and all it needs are 2 quarts or 8 cups of apple cider, six 3-inch cinnamon sticks, plus more for serving if you so desire, 1 medium-sized orange, ⅛ cup whole cloves, Rum ( try Appleton or Jamaican white rum), and additional cinnamon sticks for serving.

To make all you will need to do is pour the apple cider into a 2.5-quart or large slow cooker. Add the cinnamon sticks to cider. Then, 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 and place the orange into the cider in the slow cooker. Cook on low for about 4 hours. Once done, ladle into mugs along with an ounce or more of rum if you choose to use. Place a cinnamon stick in each glass and serve.

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