So I'll admit it. I actually don't really care for apple cider. I don't detest it, I just don't love it. Same with apple juice...hmmm, I see a pattern here. But, this time of year it is so nice to have a pot of cider on to welcome guests in from the cold. It seems kind of ironic that I buy supplies regularly this time of year to make it, but maybe partake in only 1 or 2 cups during the whole season. I've had a few requests lately for my 'recipe' for cider, so here's my 'secret'. For the past 5 years or so I've use the Epicure Cider Mulling Spices, but I didn't have any at the start of this season so I went hunting. I discovered a local tea shop in our mall. The store sells loose leaf teas in hundreds of blends. When I asked about a mulling spice they showed me their 'Yoga' Blend. Hmmm...not sure where the yoga inspiration came from, but it was just what I was looking for. It's a blend of: cinnamon, cardanon, ginger, cloves and black pepper. In your crockpot: I do 2 parts apple juice to 1 part cranberry/cranberry blend juice Add approx 1 tsp of mulling spices for every litre of liquid. If you like, you can float a few orange slices and cinnamon sticks on top. I set my crockpot on low and let it simmer for 4-6 hours before I need it. The house smells wonderful! Don't forget to have a strainer handy for when it's time to serve!