Friday, December 21, 2012

Very Merry Spiced Cherry Cider {Slow Cooker}


Back before I was a home-bound stay-at-home Mommy, I used to entertain. They were golden days, when most of my friends still lived at home or at least within an hour or so. I used to throw fun-but-laid-back holiday parties, which I miss terribly. Maybe someday soon I'll bring it back.

I always needed something festive to drink, and I used to make this recipe with cranberry juice. And I love it with cranberry juice, so if that appeals to you, by all means, make it that way. But just for kicks I threw in some tart cherry juice I had kicking around the fridge instead.

It. Was. So. Yummy! I loved the tart, yet almost floral taste of the cherry juice, combined with the apple cider and spices. Mmm Mm! Just throw it in the slow cooker and sip on it all day long. And if you've got some soft ginger cookies to accompany it, so much the better.

Very Merry Spiced Cherry Cider

2 parts unfiltered apple juice or cider
1 part tart cherry juice
cinnamon stick
allspice berries

Scale the recipe as desired for the number of people you need to serve. I usually do 1 quart (4 c.) apple cider to 1 pint (2 c.) cherry juice. Pour liquids into slow cooker. Toss in a cinnamon stick and several allspice berries. If you're making a large quantity, do 2 sticks of cinnamon and about 10 allspice berries. Let mull all day on low or a couple of hours on high. Your house will smell like heaven.

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