Crockpot Apple Cider
9 medium apples, assorted types (I used a mixture of red, yellow and green apples)
3 cinnamon sticks
1 whole nutmeg
2 teaspoons whole cloves
1/2 teaspoon whole allspice (optional)
12-16 cups water
1/3 - 2/3 cup brown sugar
Wash apples and the orange, and then roughly cut into quarters. Place in the bowl of your slow cooker. Add cinnamon sticks, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Cover with water, filling the slow cooker until it is nearly full. (I left about 1/2 inch of space at the top of my pot.) Cook on high heat for 3-4 hours, or on low heat for 6-8 hours.
About an hour before the cider is done cooking, use a potato masher to mash the apple and orange slices once they are soft. Finish cooking for one more hour.
Strain out the apple cider juice into a clean pitcher or pot. To get the maximum juice out of the apples, you can press them through a fine-mesh strainer. Stir in your desired amount of sweetener until it is dissolved.