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Orange Spiced Cider

 Orange Spiced Cider
Every time I serve this wonderful hot beverage, someone asks for the recipe. Orange juice adds a bit of sweetness with red-hot candies are a fun substitute for traditional cinnamon sticks. —Erika Reinhard of Colorado Springs, Colorado
8 ServingsPrep: 5 min. Cook: 2 hours

Ingredients

  • 4 cups unsweetened apple juice
  • 1 can (12 ounces) orange juice concentrate, thawed
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon red-hot candies
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon whole cloves
  • Fresh orange slices and cinnamon sticks, optional

Directions

  • In a 3-qt. slow cooker, combine the first five ingredients. Place
  • cloves in a double thickness of cheesecloth; bring up corners of
  • cloth and tie with kitchen spring to form a bag. Add bag to slow
  • cooker. Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours or until heated through.
  • Before serving, discarding spice bag and stir cider. Garnish with
  • orange slices and cinnamon sticks if desired. Yield: 8 servings.
Nutritional Facts: One serving (3/4 cup) equals 128 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 6 mg sodium, 31 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 1 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 fruit.