Regular apple cider gets a bit of a kick with this hard cider recipe

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Hard cider is the quintessential fall recipe. It will warm you up and is one of the most perfect ways to enjoy cocktail hour on those cooler evenings. It needn't be reserved for just the fall, either. The recipe that follows is so flavorful, you may find yourself making it all year round. As an added bonus, it will also impart a deliciously spicy, sweet smell that will fill up the entire house.
Hard apple cider cannot be spoken of, though, without mentioning the hard liquor that goes in at the very end. Don't like bourbon? Try gin, rum, cognac or cinnamon schnapps, which will play nicely with the apple flavor. Just don't forget to add it only at the very end. Otherwise, that alcohol may lose some of its potency, giving you a softer apple cider in its place.
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Slow Cooker Hard Cider
12
5 minutes
2 hours
2 hours, 5 minutes
12 cups apple cider
2 tablespoons ground ginger
2 tablespoons ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 orange, sliced
1 1/2 cups bourbon
Place everything, except the bourbon, into a 6-quart slow cooker and whisk to combine.
Cover and cook on high for two hours, or on low for four hours.
Remove lid from slow cooker and stir in the bourbon just before serving.
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