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Plan your lodging in Jackson Hole Wy with Hot Apple Cider

caramel apple cider The time has come to share another delicious recipe. I have been craving this particular recipe ever since I noticed the leaves starting to change color. This recipe is copied from my very favorite recipe book, Our Best Bites. A couple of hints: when you buy the apple cider, look for something that is clearly labeled cider, not juice. Also, make sure you use whole cinnamon and cloves, not ground, to keep the texture smooth. Hot Caramel Apple Cider Recipe by Our Best Bites 1/2 gallon apple cider (64 oz or 8 C) 1/2 C orange juice, fresh squeezed or good quality bottled like Simply Orange 1 orange 8 cloves 2 cinnamon sticks (if yours are more than a year old- buy new ones!!) 1/4 t ground allspice 1/3 C jarred caramel sauce* more to taste if needed optional: caramel flavored syrup sweetened whip cream (or from a can is fine!) *For a delicious twist, substitute maple syrup for the caramel sauce in this recipe. Pour 8 cups of apple cider into a large stock pot on the stove pot. Set heat to medium-high. Add orange juice, cinnamon sticks, and allspice. Thoroughly wash your orange and then gently stab the whole cloves into it. If you find it hard to do that without destroying the cloves, use a toothpick to poke little hole first and then insert the cloves.  (If you are doubling the recipe, you can still just use one orange, just double the number of cloves you poke into it). Gently drop the whole orange into the pot. Bring cider to a boil and then reduce heat to a low simmer. Simmer on low for 60 minutes and longer if you wish. If you’re keeping the pot on the stove for an extended period, keep an eye on the orange. If at any time it splits open, remove it from the pot. If the white pith is exposed it will add a bitter taste to your cider. If you’re going to have the pot warming for hours on end, take out the orange. After you’ve simmered for an hour, add caramel sauce and stir to combine and dissolve. Add more caramel to taste if needed. When ready to serve, ladle into mugs, top with whipped cream, and give it a drizzle of caramel and a sprinkle of cinnamon.   So heat up some caramel apple cider and curl up on your couch as you plan your Jackson Hole fall getaway. Brought to you by Flat Creek Inn: the best lodging in Jackson Hole Wy.

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