When I think of autumn, the first thought is my Hot Apple Cider on a lazy Sunday. The heady scents of cinnamon, cloves, oranges, and apples fills my home. I've been known to make a potpourri of different spices mixed in water and let it simmer on low for several hours on the stove top. It's better than a candle or air freshener any day, in my humble opinion.
Though our temps are still blazing here on the west coast, I'll be making a batch of this on the weekend. It will put me in the mood for cozy sweaters, crisp mornings, and the glorious colors and scents of the season.
HOT APPLE CIDER
1 gallon apple cider
1 medium orange
4 cinnamon sticks
4 whole cloves.
1 1/2 cups dark rum (optional)
Stick the cloves into the orange
Add everything to a crockpot or into a large pot and place on the stove. Simmer on low for 2 hours. Remove the cinnamon sticks. Add the rum 10 minutes before serving.