Recipe: Mulled cider

At this time of year, mulled wine is a festive warming drink that gets a lot of attention, but we think mulled cider deserves a bit more of the limelight.

Easy to make and delicious, our recipe will have you feeling festive and autumnal in no time. You can also add a bit of homegrown - if you've got a glut of apples and a juicer or a food processor, you can make it fresh from the garden.

Recipe: Mulled cider

Recipe: mulled cider | Love The Garden
You will need:
  • 400ml of fresh apple juice (you can buy this, or use a juicer if you have one, or peel and core some, add to a blender and then pass through a fine strainer)
  • 1L dry cider or scrumpy
  • 75g dark brown sugar
  • Zest of an orange, in strips
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, snapped in half
  • 4 whole cloves
  • Handful of orange slices, to serve

Method:

Simple add all of the ingredients to a saucepan and simmer gently (but don't let it boil). When hot, simply ladle into mugs and ensure each serving gets an orange slice.
Tip: For an alcohol free version, simply replace all the cider with fresh apple juice. For slightly stronger mulled cider, add a splash of brandy, calvados or spiced rum.

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