This recipe for spiced mulled cider will keep you warm from your head to your toes at this busy time of year. I think mulled cider is a great alternative to mulled wine, it doesn’t feel as heavy to drink but still has that lovely warm festive feel to it. You can also make it with apple juice for designated drivers or those who don’t drink alcohol.
I mulled over (!) many many cider recipes, and there are lots of different spices, fruits and cider variations. To be honest, I tried mulled cider with some good quality west country cider as well as with some cheaper, good quality supermarket own brand cider. There wasn’t much difference in overall taste, I certainly couldn’t tell them apart. So save the good stuff for enjoying cold from the fridge, and save some money as well.
In terms of spices, lots of recipes recommend adding vanilla, I found this made the cider a bit sickly for my liking – but I did find adding a splash of spiced rum that contained vanilla (I used Captain Morgans) added a bit of the vanilla flavour without it being overpowering.
I adore Cardamom so I couldn’t resist adding a pod, and the cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg are just pure Christmas in flavour and smell. Do go steady with the nutmeg, as it can be a bit much. The same goes for the orange slices, make sure you slice them nice and thin so they add a bit of citrus, but don’t take over the cider.
I did feel a bit like George in Roald Dahl’s ‘Georges Marvelous Medicine’ adding all the spices and fruits and working out what combination I liked best!
Get in out of the cold. Put on your comfy clothes, cuddle under a throw and get a saucepan of cider mulling – the perfect winters evening!
- 440ml of Cider
- 1 Star Anise
- 2 Cloves
- ½ Cinnamon Stick
- 2 Thin Slices of Orange
- ¼ Teaspoon of Grated Nutmeg
- 1 Cardamom Pod
- 1 Heaped Teaspoon of Soft Brown Sugar
- (Optional) Splash of Spiced Rum
- Add the cider and spices to a saucepan, and bring to a low simmer.
- Add the sugar and orange slice and keep gently simmering for around 10 minutes so the spices can all infuse. Don't let the cider boil.
- Add the spiced rum if using and warm for a further few minutes.
- Sieve out the spices, and ladle into cups - adding the orange slices and star anise from the sieve as a garnish.
- Serve whilst still warm.
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