Yes, I agree this is the tail end of winter, but this recipe sounded so good I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share. I am prepping my grocery list right now and cant wait to have the house smell so wonderful.
Hat tip to Tango Juliet.
"This is about the best cold weather drink ever invented IMHO.
And to think, I put the spotlight on it at the tale end of a fairly moderate winter!
The basic recipe:
Into your favorite crock pot, dump 4 parts apple cider to 1 part cranberry juice.
Add two sticks of cinnamon.
Poke 6 whole cloves into a nice sweet orange. Toss it into the mix.
Let it brew for 6 to 8 hours.
This mix is guaranteed to flood your house with the best aromas since fresh baked bread.
Cautions and suggestions: Be sure you get good sweet oranges. Some navel oranges have very bitter rinds. Bad juju! I recommend buying two. Eat one for testing purposes.
Naturally the cider/apple juice to cranberry juice ratio can be varied.
Use caution with the cloves. They are potent little critters. Six is the most I'll use these days. The use of more than six ventures into +P territory very quickly.
This brew is very receptive to alcohol. I prefer cinnamon schnapps but I have seen others use rum with success as well"