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.
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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 5 hr 10 min
  • Prep: 10 min
  • Cook: 5 hr
  • Yield: 10 to 12 servings
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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


Special equipment:
  1. 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.