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Spiced Hot Apple Cider

During cool-weather season, my husband and I take this soul-warming drink outside by the fire pit. Our house smells amazing while the cider is simmering! —Lisa Bynum, Brandon, Mississippi
  • Total Time
    Prep: 10 min. Cook: 2 hours
  • Makes
    10 servings (3/4 cup each)


  • 2 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • 1 piece fresh gingerroot (about 1 inch), thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon whole allspice
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon cardamom pods, crushed
  • 2 quarts apple cider or juice
  • Rum, optional


  • Place first five ingredients on a double thickness of cheesecloth. Gather corners of cloth to enclose spice mixture; tie securely with string.
  • Place cider and spice bag in a 3-qt. slow cooker. Cook, covered, to allow flavors to blend, 2-3 hours. Discard spice bag. If desired, stir in rum.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup (calculated without rum): 96 calories, 0 fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 20mg sodium, 24g carbohydrate (21g sugars, 0 fiber), 0 protein.

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