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Sunday, October 23, 2011

Week 44 : Caramel Apple Cider

1 gallon apple cider
2 whole nutmegs
3-4 cinnamon sticks
1 orange, cut into 4 wedges
1/2 apple, cut into wedges
20-25 whole cloves
3-4 pieces crystallized ginger
caramel syrup
whipped cream

Using your smaller (4 quart) Crock Pot, pour enough cider in to fill up 3/4 of the pot.  Push the whole cloves into the apple wedges.  Wrap all ingredients (except syrup) in a cheese cloth and tie tight with string.  Drop bundle into the cider.  Cook on HIGH for about 2-2 1/2 hours until boiling.  Turn to LOW and continue simmering.  Drizzle as much caramel as you want into the bottom of a mug.  Ladle cider over the top.  Top with whipped cream and drizzles of caramel syrup.

With Halloween coming up this next week, I thought I would give you a recipe to keep you warm as you either escort your own goblins around or you stand with the door open and the chilly air blowing while you treat other goblins.  This not only warms you to the very core, but it makes your house smell delicious.  Of course, add as much caramel or whipped cream as you please- don't forget to treat yourself!  And another idea...after your witches, fairies and superheros are off to bed, add a splash or two of spiced rum!  This is now an essential autumn recipe!  (And not to brag, but this might be a smidge better than the Caramel Apple Cider that a popular coffee establishment serves!)  Happy, Safe and Warm Haunting!


  1. Mmmmmm. I am not supposed to drink these type of beverages, but I could not resist. This tasted so good and you are right about it being the perfect Fall or Halloween. I will look forward to the next Holiday that I may once again imbibe in this delectable treat!!!

  2. This is certainly one of the best, if not the best of the year! Alison made this pre-Bronco Game. It had to cook for awhile, and was served just as Tim Tebow came alive. It is the perfect holiday drink. Yes, it is a Fall type beverage, but would be extremely festive for Christmas. Serve as is to the "little ones", and add the splash of rum for the over 21 set. The caramel makes it positively sinful. First thing I thought, "Gee this is better than anything I've ever had at Starbucks". And, GO TIMMY!

  3. Oh my this sounds wonderful. I have cider in the fridge. I thought it would be great with a "kick" say with Cinnamon schnapps?

  4. What a great idea! I'm not always a rum fan and was trying to think of something else "special" that would go along with this. Thanks for passing your idea along and hope you keep following!