Mulled Apple Cider
-one or two thinly sliced oranges, seeds removed
-1/2 cup dried cranberries, more or less
-two cinnamon sticks
-ground cinnamon, to taste
-allspice, to taste (I typically use about half as much allspice as I do cinnamon)
-a teaspoon or so vanilla extract
-a couple bay leaves
-optional- whole cardamom pods
-Throw all the ingredients together in a big pot and bring to a boil. Then reduce to a simmer, cover, and cook for a few hours until the dried cranberries have re-hydrated themselves. Cool, and serve.
-This recipe also works well in a slow cooker!