One of the best things about the holidays is undeniably getting to see lots of friends and family. We set this in motion when we went home to Mom and Dad’s, getting to spend a wonderful weekend with them, but also getting to see Chris’s family and a few of my friends from high school and college on Monday. We’ve been continuing this trend back in the Burgh as well, taking the opportunity of having some time off from all the school work to see old friends, play some games with folks from Chris’s work, and host a board game and dessert night for my friend from choir and her fiance.
So tonight we geared up, cleaned up, and put together some yummy goodies for our little double-date evening. I bought some biscotti down at the Strip last weekend that I’ve been saving for this, and I also put out some of the cookies we brought from home. And to go with it all, I tried out a recipe for hot mulled apple cider in the crock pot. I was a little leery, as the recipe called for 2 whole oranges–and all we smelled from the simmering cider was orange–but it was a quite lovely recipe. A little spiced, a hint of citrus, but tasty! It was the perfect complement to a rousing game of Scrabble. 🙂 Here’s the recipe. It’s great for a cold winter evening–for entertaining or for just settling in yourself with a little treat!
Hot Mulled Cider
from Fix It and Forget It
1/4 to 1/2 cup brown sugar
2 quarts apple cider
1 tsp whole allspice or 1/2 tsp ground allspice
1 1/2 tsp whole cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 oranges, sliced, with peels on
Combine brown sugar and cider in slow cooker. Put spices in a tea strainer or tie in cheesecloth. Add to slow cooker. Stir in orange slices.
Cover and simmer on Low 2 – 8 hours.