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IRRESISTIBLE APPLE CIDER

23 December 2009

6 cups apple cider (make your own with my recipe if you want, but don’t use plain apple juice)
1/4 cup maple syrup (the real kind)
2 – 3 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
6 whole allspice berries
1 orange peel, cut into strips
1 lemon peel, cut into strips
1 – 2 cups whiskey or rum, to taste (I use 1 1/2 cups, but this can be a bit “strong”)
1/4 – 1/2 cups Butterscotch (or Cinnamon) Schnapps (optional)

1. Pour apple cider and maple syrup into slow cooker (or pot) on low.

2. Bundle cinnamon, cloves, allspice, orange peel and lemon into spice bag or cheese cloth (place in center and bring four corners up and tie with kitchen twine) and add to cider.

3. Allow to simmer for several hours (if using the stove top – do NOT allow to boil). Remove spice bundle.

4. Just before serving, stir in the schnapps and either whiskey or rum (I prefer whiskey).

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