Crockpot Spiced Cider
Crockpot Spiced Cider is a delicious, maple flavored, hot cider recipe for the winter and fall seasons. A perfect option for Thanksgiving and Christmas also. Ingredients include: Bottled apple cider, cinnamon, cloves, cardamom, black peppercorns, orange peel and maple syrup. It is also a low calories, low fat, low cholesterol, low sodium, low carbohydrates, heart-healthy and Weight Watchers (3) PointsPlus recipe. Makes (8) servings. Crockpot Spiced Cider will be loved by all of your family, friends and guests.
Prep Time: 20 Minutes.
Cooking Time: 5 Hours.
Total Time: 5 Hours-20 Minutes.
Equipment Needed: (3 to 4 quart size) crockpot.
4 long strips orange peel*(see note below)
2 -3 cinnamon sticks
8 whole cloves
3 cardamom pods
25 whole black peppercorns
5 cups apple cider
1 cup water
1/2 cup pure maple syrup
8 black tea bags
When removing the orange peel strips, use a vegetable peeler and avoid picking up any of the bitter white pith.
1. For a spice bag: Place orange peel, broken cinnamon sticks, cloves, cardamom, and peppercorns in the center of a double-thick, 6 to 8 inch square of 100% cotton cheesecloth. Bring up corners; tie closed with clean kitchen string.
2. In a 3 to 4 quart-size slow cooker combine spice bag, apple cider, water and syrup.
3. Cover; cook on LOW 5 to 6 hours. Add in the tea bags, draping strings over sides of cooker. Cover; let stand for 10 minutes. Remove tea bags, gently pressing tea bags against sides of cooker to release liquid. Discard tea bags and spice bag. Ladle the hot cider into mugs. If desired, garnish each drink with an additional cinnamon stick.
NOTE: (If desired; you may any extra cider in the slow cooker on the warm setting for up to 1 hour after the recipe has finished cooking).
YIELD: 8 servings.
Serving Size: (6 oz) per serving.
Weight Watchers PointsPlus = 3
Carb Choices: 2
Calories: 128, Total Fat: 0g, Saturated Fat: 0g, Cholesterol: 0mg, Sodium: 24mg, Sugars: 28g, Carbohydrates: 32g, Fiber: 0g, Protein: 0g
Original recipe and image from: Meredith Corporation. http://www.midwestliving.com/recipe/chai-maple-cider/
DISCLAIMER: WeightWatchers is a registered trademark of WeightWatchers International Inc. Points and PointsPlus are trademarks of WeightWatchers International Inc. Authentic information about the program is only available at your local WeightWatchers meeting. This site is not affiliated with WeightWatchers International in any way and WeightWatchers has not reviewed this site for accuracy or suitability for WW members. Information on this site is based on recollections and assumptions of its author and is not warranted for any purpose by its author. All readers are encouraged to go to a WeightWatchers meeting for actual WW info. This site is presented under the rights of the First Amendment; rights worth fighting for. All information is intended for your general knowledge only and is not a substitute for medical advice or treatment for specific medical conditions. You should seek prompt medical care for any specific health issues and consult your physician before starting a new fitness regimen.