Spicy Mulled Cider
Mulled drinks are just the best way to feel all snug at home in the wintertime. Whether it is mulled wine or mulled cider, the scent of mixed spices and fruit will always make me feel as though I’m home for the winter. What’s more, mulling is so easy to do and the results are so great that guests always love it and it really gets everyone into the spirit of the season.
Deliciously warming, this Spicy Mulled Cider recipe is one if my favourites to enjoy in the winter months.
Grab your supplies…
2L of dry cider
2 apples – and sliced apples to garnish
Handful of cloves
Teaspoon of allspice
2- 4 cinnamon sticks
Shot or two of dark rum – optional, honest, but pretty damn tasty
Large saucepan or pot
One thing I love about this recipe is that it can be made non-alcoholic simply by switching the cider and rum, for fresh apple juice – I particularly love the cloudy fresh pressed varieties. You can leave a whole pot of alcho-free mulled cider on the stove, and you can drinking it throughout the day without worrying about getting tipsy but enjoying the amazing warming flavours.
Into a saucepan, pour the cider (or apple juice) and mix in the allspice and add the cinnamon sticks and gently warm over a low heat. Using a small sharp knife peel the zest from the orange and add to the pot – I like to add a squeeze of the orange juice in there too!
If you’re adding a a little dash of dark rum, add it to the pot now.
Cut the two apples into chunks and stud with cloves before adding to the pot. These little beauties will add a spiced rich flavour to the mulled cider. Continue to warm through on a low heat to bring together the flavours of the spices – be careful not to let this come to the boil as this will burn off the alcohol.Decant from the saucepan into a large serving dish – if you have one. We never seem to have a heat-safe dish that is both large enough and attractive enough for serving mulled cider to guests (I really must try and find one – so if you guys have seen any on your travels, be sure to let me know in the comments!)
I like to ladle it out into a heavy glass mug and leave the remaining cider in the large pot, covered on the stove, I try to leave the clove studded apples, orange zest and cinnamon sticks in the pot to continue in adding flavour – as they can be a little over-powering when they end up in a single serving mug!
Garnish with a slice of apple and enjoy, enjoy enjoy!
Whether you make this with dry cider or apple juice the warming scent of mulling spices will fragrance your whole home and make you feel all toasty and warm – just bliss! So, what is your favourite mulled drink?