You can of course, add alcohol to this...but for those looking for a warm hot drink without alcohol....I made this for our Halloween Parties. I bought a container of a spice to add to it once and was not impressed by the extra crap they put in it...so I weeded through the ingredients and added the spices only.
In a Crockpot, add:
1 gallon of apple cider
½ tsp clove powder
½ tsp all spice
2 cinnamon sticks
Pinch of Cardamom (this tends to over power, so add a pinch at a time and taste)
2 T brown sugar
3 T honey
4 slices of orange (sliced thin, to float and flavor it)
Turn the crock pot onto low and let it heat up. You can also add a pinch of ground ginger or better yet, fresh ginger grated with a microplane into the crock pot..this helps with sore throats and helps keep the cold virus away.
Variation: instead of clover powder and orange slices, you can float a whole orange with cloves stuffed into it too.