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Hot apple cider - and what to serve with it

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Hot apple cider - and what to serve with it

veryberry | Jun 25, 2014 05:33 AM

Hi everyone,

I have a group of 8 hungry adults visiting to help with some yardwork. Before a big ethnic Eastern European dinner, I am going to serve some drinks and nibbles. Being the middle of winter here, I was thinking hot apple cider for the drinks made in a crockpot. Apart from the obvious - cider, cinnamon stick, maybe some Calvados and butter to top each each mug - what are your suggestions for additions to the cider brew - nutmeg? Dried juniper berries? Fresh halved apples? Also for cider, are there any preferred varieties or brands? Should I go with the super sweet Rekorderlig type or something drier?

As for munchies to go with it, I am considering slices of smoked pork sausage, maybe some pretzels. Considering the carb heavy main meal, something like pulled pork sliders would be too much bother, but I do want a few cold and hot options to line the stomach and soak up the cider.

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