Slow-Cooker Spiked Mulled Cider

Recipe Makes about 16 (8-ounce) drinks

1 gallon fresh apple cider
1 orange
1 (1 1/2-inch) piece of ginger
5 (3-inch) cinnamon sticks
1 tablespoon whole cloves
5 star anise pods
1 1/2 cups bourbon, brandy, or dark rum
Orange slices, for serving (optional)

Pour the cider into a 5-quart or larger slow cooker. Cut orange into 1/4-inch-thick round slices. Cut ginger into 1/4-inch-thick slices. Add them to your slow cooker.

Next, add the cinnamon, cloves, and star anise. If you want, you can put the cloves and star anise pods in a tea ball.

Put lid on slow cooker and cook about 4 hours on low. Add the bourbon, brandy, or rum and stir. Let sit for 10 minutes. Keep cider warm and serve in mugs garnished with orange slices.

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Author: Heather Zachariah

Former Art Director for Home Magazine, Heather Leahy Zachariah, left her career in publishing after baby number number one. She now works from home as a freelance graphic designer and a chauffeur to her 3 busy kids. "Working on TipsFromTown has been a wonderful outlet for me. It renewed my love of publishing where I can design colorful, enticing pages online and allows me to share the things I love about being a mom." Heather grew up in Shaker Heights, Ohio, a place that still is near and dear to her. " After living in Brooklyn for 18 years and studying Graphic Design at Pratt Institute, she now lives in the Jersey burbs. "I love living so close to NYC, but in my heart, I'm an Ohio girl."

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