Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Hot Apple Cider Recipe

Whether or not you add bourbon is up to you

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In her new book A Woman's Drink, Natalka Burian more than delivers on her promise of "bold drinks for bold woman," especially with this easy-as-can-be punch recipe. You don't have to be a woman or a bold person to enjoy it—timid men, drink away—but either way, the use of a slow cooker here is a genius way of freeing up precious burner real estate during a holiday cooking marathon. Whether or not you choose to add bourbon, it's the perfect way to ease into (or take the edge off of) a family gathering.

Reprinted from A Woman's Drink by Natalka Burian with permission by Chronicle Books, 2018

Slow Cooker Butternut Squash Hot Apple Cider
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Get this recipe for butternut squash hot apple cider (with or without bourbon), which is made in a slow cooker and is perfect for holiday gatherings.
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to 10 servings
Total time: 4 hours, 5 minutes
  • 4 allspice berries
  • 1½ teaspoon whole cloves
  • 4 whole star anise
  • 6 to 8 cardamom pods
  • 8 cups organic apple cider
  • One 15-ounce can organic butternut squash puree
  • 10 cinnamon sticks, plus 6 for serving
  • 6 dried orange slices
  • Bourbon for serving
  1. In a small bowl, combine the allspice, cloves, star anise, and cardamom. Transfer the mixture to a spice or tea ball infuser if you have one — or just a coffee filter and some kitchen twine.
  2. Pour the cider into the slow cooker and add the butternut squash puree.
  3. Whisk or stir until combined, then add the spices. Put the cinnamon and orange slices into the mixture directly.
  4. Set the slow cooker to low for 4 to 8 hours, depending on how long you want to enjoy it. Give it at least 3 hours on low before you serve. If you're preparing this on the stove top, simmer for 30 minutes over low heat.
  5. Ladle out the cider into 8-ounce mugs, and garnish each one with a fresh cinnamon stick. Serve to the nondrinking family members as is, but feel free to add bourbon where required.
Calories per Serving 136
Total Fat 0.6 g
Saturated Fat 0.1 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 0.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 32.2 g
Dietary Fiber 3.4 g
Total Sugars 21.2 g
Sodium 11.5 mg
Protein 1.1 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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