Holy Moly, this warm, cozy, fragrant and spiced Hot Apple Cider is this Autumn’s go-to drink! Made with rich apple cider, fresh fruit and an assortment of pungent, earthy spices, this cider is well-balanced and oh-so comforting!
In a 5 quart crock pot on low heat, add the apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon slices, orange slices, apple slices, cinnamon sticks, whole cloves and star anise.
Allow the punch to warm for 3-4 hours. Serve warm. Ladle into serving glasses.
Top with whipped cream and caramel if desired.
Or you can serve chilled by removing the fruit slices, cinnamon sticks, cloves and star anise pieces after it’s cooked and storing the punch in the fridge overnight. NOTE: You can add water to the punch if it's too sweet for your taste.
You can also use apple juice as a sub but you want to make sure it is a quality stronger variety in order to get the flavor of cider.