So, does “cider” have to include apples? We weren’t sure, so we looked it up. Although cider is typically made by pressing apples, other fruits will also yield juice that can be legitimately called cider.
We’re glad to know that, because we’re very fond of this recipe for hot Spiced Apricot Cider. It has a mellow, slightly surprising, but very delicious flavor that reminds us of apple cider—but not quite. The apricot nectar really sings, but it’s never overbearing.
In short, if you’re looking for a lovely twist on hot apple cider, we highly recommend this apricot variation. Try it out and let us know what you think.
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Makes 6 servings
Prep. Time: 10 minutes
Cooking Time: 2 hours
Ideal slow-cooker size: 2 ½-qt.
2 12-oz. cans apricot nectar
2 cups water
¼ cup lemon juice
¼ cup sugar
2 whole cloves
2 3”-long cinnamon sticks
1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker.
2. Cover. Cook on high 2 hours.
3. Remove cloves and cinnamon sticks before serving.