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Did you buy one of those huge jugs of cider at the apple orchards this year and need a way to spice up the last of it? Or maybe you need a warm drink to fill up that to-go cup while you walk around the Christmas tree lot, or wander around looking at the lights. Either way, you can't go wrong with this way too easy spiced apple cider recipe. I made mine yesterday afternoon (and shot these photos) between other work to-do's and have been sipping it ever since, not to mention smelling it throughout my apartment!

If you made the homemade eggnog lattes that I posted a few weeks ago, this is the perfect way to use up some more of those spices, like nutmeg, cloves, etc. 

Ps. our beautiful Copper Foil Cork Coasters made an appearance in this post!

What you need: 1 gallon good apple cider // 2 apples // 1 orange // 1/2 lemon // cloves // allspice (whole) // cinnamon sticks // grated cinnamon // grated nutmeg // spiced rum (optional)

1) Pour your apple cider into a large pot or slow cooker

2) Prep your fruit by slicing the orange and the lemon, and poking the apples with cloves

3) Add your sliced fruit, apples, small palmful of whole allspice, grated cinnamon, cinnamon sticks, and grated nutmeg to the cider – I didn't measure the spices here, that's what makes this recipe so easy (and right up my alley). I just covered the top of the pot with a sprinkling of each spice, and tweaked to taste. 

4) Let simmer for about 4 hours

5) Ladle into mugs and finish with a hot orange slice and fresh cinnamon stick 

I've made this drink a few times, but this is the first I've added lemon slices. I'm so glad I did because they cut the sweetness of the cider just a bit!

See, just 5 steps. 'Gotta love that. 

Enjoy and stay warm, guys!

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