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Hot Cider with Orange Twists

 Hot Cider with Orange Twists
"I first tasted a steaming mug of this comforting beverage on a frigid evening," recalls Catherine Allan of Twin Falls, Idaho. "It's still a family favorite on a wintry day."
10 ServingsPrep: 10 min. Cook: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 2 quarts apple cider or juice
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 8 whole cloves
  • 4 unpeeled fresh orange slices (1/4 inch thick)
  • 4 cinnamon sticks (3 inches)
  • Additional orange slices and cinnamon sticks

Directions

  • In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine the first six ingredients. Push two
  • cloves through each orange slice. Push a cinnamon stick through the
  • center of each orange slice; add to cider mixture.
  • Cover and cook on low for 2-4 hours or until heated through. Discard
  • oranges, cloves and cinnamon sticks. Stir cider before serving. Use
  • additional oranges and cinnamon sticks to make orange twist
  • garnishes. Yield: 2-1/2 quarts.
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 cup) equals 127 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 50 mg sodium, 32 g carbohydrate, trace fiber, trace protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fruit.