Lemonade Cider with Ginger Swizzle Sticks

01 Jan

Brought to us by John

8 cups apple cider or apple juice
4 cups lemonade
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
28 small chunks crystallized ginger
8 inches stick cinnamon, broken
8 whole allspice
1 apple, cored, seeded, and cut into thin wedges
12 4 inches wooden picks or skewers

In a 4- or 5-quart slow cooker combine cider, lemonade, and brown sugar.
For a spice bag, cut a 6-inch square from a double thickness of 100-percent-cotton cheesecloth. Place four pieces of ginger, the cinnamon, and allspice in the center of cheesecloth. Bring up corners of the cheesecloth; tie bag closed with 100-percent-cotton kitchen string. Add spice bag to slow cooker.

Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 5 to 6 hours or on high-heat setting for 2-1/2 to 3 hours.

Discard spice bag. Add apple wedges to slow cooker.

For swizzle sticks, thread two pieces of ginger onto each wooden pick or skewer. Ladle cider mixture into mugs. Garnish each serving with a swizzle stick with ginger pieces down in cider mixture.

source: BHG


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