Slow Cooker Hard Cider

The perfect make-ahead cocktail for a cold day, with the added bonus of making your house smell amazing. Add the alcohol at the very end[ to preserve its potency.]

Total Time:
5 hr 10 min
Prep:
10 min
Cook:
5 hr

Yield:
10 to 12 servings
Level:
Easy

Ingredients
  • 3 quarts natural apple cider
  • One 2-inch piece ginger, peeled
  • Two 3-inch cinnamon sticks
  • 2 teaspoons whole cloves
  • 2 teaspoons whole allspice
  • 1 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, lightly packed
  • 1 orange, sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups gin
Directions

Special Equipment: cheesecloth

Pour the apple cider into a slow cooker. Tie the ginger, cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice and black peppercorns into a cheesecloth to make a sachet. Add the sachet, brown sugar and orange slices to the slow cooker. Set the slow cooker on high for 1 hour then reduce to low and continue cooking for another 4 hours. Add the gin just before serving. Serve in mugs.

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