We've already established that I'm a sucker for anything fall. Currently, my apartment looks and smells like fall threw up all over it. In, you know, a nice and pleasing kind of way. So it's not all that surprising when I tell you that my adoration for fall also translates into food and booze. I can't wait to make (well, eat. Mr. T does the baking around here) pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. Anyway, I'm taking all that love and putting it into the crockpot to make a tasty boozy apple cider. It’s so easy to make, tastes glorious, and gave us something to do with some of the leftover booze from the wedding. This boozy apple cider would be great for Thanksgiving or a fall party. It would go really well with a semi-sweet dessert like some apple pumpkin muffin type thing. Mr. T and I served it when we hosted our MSU vs. Ohio State party and it was a huge hit. We didn't really have any left.
What you'll need:
(Please note: Don't be scared by the fact that there are no amounts. I give good instructions on what to do with everything below. And this is one of those things were you can't go wrong. If you add too much of one thing, just add more of something else. If you have too little, add more. And a lot of it depends on your personal taste and preferencesTrust me, you'll be fine.)
1. Apple cider
2. Booze: We used apple pie moonshine, bourbon, and brandy which I highly recommend. But you could easily use other spirits that taste delicious to you.
3. Fruit: We used 1 red apple, chopped into pieces and 1 yellow apple, chopped into pieces (we mainly used the red and yellow to make it pretty, but you could easily use all red or all yellow or even add some pears. Again, it's what's best for your liking)
4. Various Fall Spices: We used cinnamon stick, cinnamon, ground cloves, ginger, & brown sugar. We used both cinnamon and cinnamon sticks because we loved the look of cinnamon sticks, but didn't have quite enough to give it a good taste. You can easily use less spices or more spices depending on your taste. We ended up using brown sugar because we went heavy on the spices and needed something to soften it a little. It made it so yummy because you could taste all the strong spices without wanting to die.
What you'll need to do:
1. Fill the crockpot about halfway full with the cider
2. Add the apples
3. Add the spices -- you basically just want to make a thin layer of all of the spices on top of the liquid and then add the cinnamon sticks too.
4. Top it off with the booze, equal parts of everything. It sounds like a lot, but trust me, it doesn't taste too boozy. A lot of the alcohol ends up in the fruit and, as Mr. T and I have learned from past recipes, if you don't add enough booze it is way too sweet.
5. Cook for about 8 hours on low. It sounds like a long time, but trust me when I say this -- it needs time to cook and the longer it cooks the better it is. We once tried it on the stove and it wasn't nearly as great as this recipe in the crockpot.
5. After 8 hours of salivating, put it in a mug and enjoy. You can garnish with some apples and cinnamon sticks for extra fun.