1/2 cup sweetener, or to tasterecommended: brown sugar or maple syrup
Combine all ingredients (except sweetener) in your pot. Cover with water, leaving 1-2 inches of space at the top of the pot.
Simmer. If using a stockpot, heat cider over high heat until simmering. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer for about 2 hours, or until the apples are completely soft. If using a Crock-Pot, set to High heat and cook for 2 hours.
Strain. Once cooked, pour the pot contents through a strainer and into a large bowl. Press solids against the strainer to release all of their juices. Discard solids and return liquid to your pot.
Sweeten. Stir in your desired amount of sweetener, to taste.
Serve hot or cold. Ladle cider into mugs and enjoy! Adding a few orange or apple slices and cinnamon sticks to the pot makes for pretty serving and extra flavor.
To store: Let cider cool to room temperature. Pour into a pitcher and refrigerate for up to 5 days; freeze for up to 3 months.Adapted from Gimme Some Oven