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Thrifty apple cider? Party ideas?

I'm wanting to have a get together with friends, but we are broke-broke-broke right now (especially since I hit up the cotton babies 2nds sale ).

Anyway, I was thinking I could invite people for an apple cider party, with us providing the apple cider, and a pot luck of treats/snacks (does this sound like a good idea?)

My problem is that's still a lot of apple cider and the last time we bought some it was like $5 for a bottle that was 4 servings... I was thinking I could make it, but thought you ladies might have recipes/tips/ideas to share...

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Re: Thrifty apple cider? Party ideas?

I love crockpot apple cider! I cheat and buy the Martinelli's apple cider seasoning pack and buy a huge, cheap jug of apple juice. There are recipes online for making your own seasonings which would be even cheaper than the packs
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Make your own - get "seconds" apples from an orchard or grocery store and cook them down in a crockpot. If you have to, you can eke out the cider with powdered/frozen lemonade mix - Martha Stewart does!
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Re: Thrifty apple cider? Party ideas?

Crock pot is a great idea, I'll see what I can get cheaper... apples or juice
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Re: Thrifty apple cider? Party ideas?

So, you boil down the apples like you would while making applause, etc until it's chunky juice? I get apples very inexpensively so this is pretty neat!
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So, you boil down the apples like you would while making applause, etc until it's chunky juice? I get apples very inexpensively so this is pretty neat!
Yes, that's what I prefer because I can get some applesauce, some cider from one batch - plus the house smells great all day. Just run it through a strainer or cheesecloth to the consistency you prefer.
Or you can "cheat" and juice the apples first and just reduce the juice with cider spices for 2 hours in the crockpot.
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I am going to have to try this in a few days! I went googling after reading this thread and found you can do cider with a blender or food processor, if you would like a faster option.
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Try making wassail! Me and my family always have a crock of this on the stove in the colder months. It smells so good! Plus, it really stretches expensive apple cider! I usually just call it cider when I offer it to other people, and no one has ever said anything but yum! There are many variations, but my family has always used this recipe:

1.5c apple cider
1c orange juice
3/4c lemon juice
1c brown sugar
2c really strong black tea (4 bags)
7c boiling water
Cinnamon sticks
Slices of oranges, frozen cranberries or anything else you want to throw in it to make it look pretty and festive!.

Just remember to take the cinnamon sticks out if you store it in the fridge over night. Try really break down and get string.
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Re: Thrifty apple cider? Party ideas?

I always wondered exactly what assail was! So do you bring the water to a boil and then add the other ingredients?
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No, you'll want to boil the 7c of water separately, in a kettle. I heat my juice up, dissolve in the sugar, then add the strong tea. Never let this boil. Add in your spices and the boiling water and keep hot.
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