Mulled Apple Cider - A Seasonal Classic

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Well hello there! I know it is not quite Fall yet but I can't help but get excited about it and pretend that it is. Barbara and I probably agree it is our favorite season. It is a significant season of color, smells, and change. From the leaves on the trees, to the length of the day; the next few months will bring many natural changes to the world. This cozy season also includes a change of palate. Spices, aromas, shades of brown and beige... we have a lot to look forward to in the kitchen. I intend to bring many wonderful flavors and recipes to you throughout the rest of this year and I am starting with this one because it pairs perfectly with all of them! This beverage is a welcoming, warming, seasonal classic. It goes quite nicely with a book, a blanket, a fire, and a loved one... Try combining all of them for best results. It's also a unique beverage to serve at any family function or soiree, and will compliment your Fall menu like a match made in heaven.

If you've got a large gathering planned, then feel free to double up the batch. If you don't have a slow cooker, you can make this drink in a large pot on the stove over a low heat, but keep your eye on it. The longer this drink sits in the slow cooker, the stronger the flavor (and spices) will become. Also, for the family member or friend who is not a primal fanatic and wants a drink: pour this cider with a good whisky or spiced rum - But you didn't hear that from me ;)

-Jon.

Yields: 1 litre

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2.5 - 3 hours (slow cooker)

INGREDIENTS:

1 litre organic unfiltered apple cider

1 organic orange

2-3 inches fresh organic ginger root

3-4 cinnamon sticks

1/4 tsp ground nutmeg

1/4 tsp ground cardamom

PROCESS:

1. Slice the orange into round discs, keeping the peel on. Peel the skin off of the ginger root and slice it into flat discs as well.

2. Pour the cider into your slow cooker, add the rest of the ingredients and stir (making sure the spices separate and don't remain in clumps). 

3. Set slow cooker to "low" setting and cook for at least 2.5 - 3 hours to achieve an aromatic, tart, and flavourful taste. Stir occasionally. Essentially, you can keep this beverage warm for as long as you'd like and it will only become stronger and more flavorful. Store extras in the fridge and re-heat in a sauce pan whenever desired, or drink cold.

P.S. After you drink all of the cider, eat the oranges. They'll be infused with all the flavors and taste delicious!

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