Warm and Toasty Apple Cider Cocktail

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 4 hr 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 8 to 10 servings
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1/2 gallon (8 cups) apple cider

16 whole cloves 

2 Granny Smith apples, quartered 

1/4 cup pure maple syrup 

2 lemons, juiced, halves reserved

Fall Spice Mix, recipe follows

2 cups bourbon, optional 

Fall Spice Mix:

1 tablespoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper 

1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom 

1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg 

1/2 teaspoon kosher salt 


  1. Pour the apple cider into a slow cooker. Press 2 cloves into each apple quarter. Add the apples, maple syrup, lemon juice and lemon halves and the Fall Spice Mix. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.
  2. Discard the apples and lemons. Stir in the bourbon if using. Serve warm, in mugs.

Fall Spice Mix:

  1. Whisk together the cinnamon, pepper, cardamom, nutmeg and salt in a small bowl. The mixture will keep in an airtight container for up to 6 months.
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