To try to prepare in advance, I took a rest day Friday and Miles and I got the grocery shopping done before I had to go to work. Supplies for dinners (chicken burritos, chili and lasagna soup) were bought, and I made sure there were ample freezer goodies for the boys when I'm gone later this week for the Bourbon Chase.
The one thing I didn't have was something to take to the party.
I could have easily scrounged up a side (read: picked up something at the deli) but I thought it would be better to bring something that I would enjoy - and happily - as everyone took in the libations.
In less than 5 minutes, I had the orange sliced and every thing brewing, so to speak, in the slow cooker. It would easily work on the stove but I wanted it to be warm throughout the night. I started it on high for 30 minutes and then turned it to warm when the cider was hot.
Spiced Apple Cider
2 (12-ounce) cans Zevia Orange soda
3 cups apple cider or unfiltered apple juice
1/2 orange, sliced
3 cinnamon sticks (or a small pinch will do)
In a small sauce pan add the Zevia Orange soda, apple cider or unfiltered, juice, orange slices and cinnamon sticks. Heat on medium low for 10 to 15 minutes – this well infuse the cinnamon into the cider but it will also make your house smell great! Pour into mug and enjoy!
Slow cooker variation: Place all ingredients in crock and heat on high for 30 minutes or until hot. Reduce setting to warm while serving.
- Adapted from Zevia
Disclosure: I have a working relationship with Zevia, and they sent mocktail recipes to me for consideration. I made this of my own accord and was not compensated or sent any samples to make and share this specific recipes.