Happy Thanksgiving to all my Canadian friends and family. There is just something about the long weekend holiday in October that makes you want to put on a cozy sweater, get a steaming cup of hot cider, and walk through piles of fallen leaves.
While I'm not a big fan of Turkey (I can almost hear the gasps now) I am a huge fan of all the other fall flavors like pumpkin and cranberry. One of my absolute favourite things to make when the weather starts to turn cool is apple cider. I make it often and in various forms - sometimes big crockpot batches, sometimes single servings made quickly in my Vitamix. Nothing makes your house smell better than a crockpot full of cider. Now, I'm upping my cider game with this pumpkin apple cider made in the crockpot and perfect for adding a bit of dark or spiced rum for a nice, warm after-dinner drink. It is good for the sole - comfort at its best.
You know I only like easy, fool-proof recipes. All we need to make this is a bunch of your favourite apples + an orange + pumpkin puree + maple syrup and your favourite mulling spices. For apples, I prefer to use a variety to get the best flavour.
Now set it and forget it. Don't you just love the magic of the crockpot? Hours later you will a beautiful dark pumpkin apple cider. Simply strain out the skins and pulp and you are ready to go.
The added pumpkin provides a nice subtle addition to the flavour of this cider and is perfect for the season. I like to serve the cider with a slice of orange and shot of dark or spiced rum. Now all I need is the weather to get cold enough so I can sip this in front of a fire. Wouldn't that be perfect?
No matter what you have planned this Thanksgiving Weekend, I hope you have a safe and happy holiday (with Turkey if you like it). We have so much to be thankful for this year.
Check out some of our other pumpkin recipes.