Years ago a friend of mine was selling little potpourri pots that filled the house with the scent of apples and cinnamon. She assured me the family would love it and be thrilled that I’d bought one. I told her if my family came home to such wonderful scents only to discover there wasn’t any apple cider to be found, both I and the little pot would be in big trouble.
Before you read any further, let me assure you this recipe does not start with fresh apples. You will buy your own cider or apple juice. Both have great health advantages; cider goes one better in that it contains the pulp. Either way, there is no need for strainers, juice filters or cheesecloths. You only have to decide which of these recipes you want to enjoy first.
A nice pot of hot cider really fits the bill. With your Rice Cooker you can fix it and forget it…until you need to make another batch that is. With family and friends around, a second pot is very likely, especially if they know you have two recipes. Yes, I’m including another favorite one that is almost like dessert for me, as well as a calming effect!
So relax and remember the adage: “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Here’s to your health!
Ingredients for Apple Cider
32 oz apple cider
½ cup caramel flavored syrup
1 tsp vanilla extract
1 tbsp lemon juice
2 cinnamon sticks
Combine and heat all the ingredients in the Rice Cooker. Cook for two hours or until heated through. Discard cinnamon sticks before serving. Pour into cups or mugs and garnish with whipped cream.
Ingredients for Spiced Mango Cider
22 oz mango nectar
2 cups water
4 tbsp lemon juice
4 tbsp brown sugar
3 cinnamon sticks
3 whole cloves
Combine all the ingredients in the Rice Cooker and cook until heated through. Discard cloves and cinnamon sticks before serving.
If desired, place fresh cinnamon sticks in cups or mugs.
Over to You
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