I thought this would be a great fall recipe, especially if you are having any parties. Great for a school function, as well!
- 6 inch sticks of cinnamon, broken
- 1 teaspoon allspice
- 4 cups apple cider or apple juice (Use processed cider from the grocery shelf. Unprocessed cider from the refrigerated section will separate and appear curdled, when heated.)
- 4 cups low calorie cranberry juice cocktail
- 1/4 cup no calorie, heat stable, granulated sugar substitute. (you can use splenda, but I prefer a natural sugar alternative, like stevia or trivia)
- Lemon slices (optional)
For spice bag, cut a 6 or 8 inch square from a double thickness cotton cheesecloth. Place cinnamon and allspice, in center of cheesecloth square. Bring cheesecloth corners together, and tie together with a clean cotton string.
In a 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 quart slow cooker combine apple cider, cranberry juice, and sugar substitute. Add spice bag to cider mixture in cooker.
Cover and cook on low hear setting for 5 -7 hours, or on high heat for 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 hours. Discard the spice bag. Ladle cider into cups. If desired, float a lemon slice in each cup.