As a child, I remember my grandpa bringing by unfiltered apple juice from his own yard. Even at my young age, I knew there was something special about that. Not only did I have a strong and fond association with his apple trees, but the juice itself was delicious. To this day, I have not found an alternative to unfiltered, freshly juiced apples. Nothing compares to the taste. If there is a place in your town where you can pick some up, go! Run! If not, you can usually find unfiltered apple juice in the refrigerated section at local grocery stores in the fall. You know it's the good stuff when it is cloudy, not clear.
If you do get your hands on some of the aforementioned, seasonal magic I would highly recommend making some of my creamy crockpot apple cider with it. It will change your life and make your home smell incredible. I love that I can start cooking it at night and wake up to the delectable smell of apple cider. That's living the dream, right there.
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- 1 gallon freshly pressed apple juice (or store-bought, refrigerated, unfiltered apple juice)
- 1 large navel orange, sliced
- five cinnamon sticks (or according to personal taste)
- 1 tsp nutmeg + a pinch to garnish
- 1 tsp whole cloves (I recommend tying it up in cheesecloth before adding to the mix)
- 1 cup heavy whipping cream
- Whipped cream to taste (go crazy like me, or skip like my husband)
Add apple juice, orange slices, cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, and cloves to your crockpot and cook on low for eight hours. Remove cinnamon sticks and cloves (and orange slices if you wish). Add in heavy whipping cream (not the whipped cream) and stir until fully incorporated. Ladle cider into cider mules or mugs and allow to cool slightly before serving. Add whipped cream and nutmeg to taste, and if you have them, add a pretty straw (fun and practical). Enjoy!