I love the smell of mulled cider, but sometimes I find it so strong and off putting that I can barely get through a glass of it! So, I’ve come up with my own not-so-strong but still winter spice delicious recipe that I hope you’ll enjoy!
If you want to make an alcohol-free version, substitute the cider for apple juice – i’d go for something like the new, cloudy Innocent apple juice as it isn’t too sweet and will really go with the delicious spice flavours!
Double the recipe, triple it or even make it in a big jam pan if you have guests over, just keep it gently simmering away, and away from the edge of the oven if you have kids, pets or mulled cider-filled adults meandering around the place! You can never be too careful…
2 x Bottles cider – any will be fine as all the sparkle goes once it is heated up! We used the Stella Cidre as I wanted to see what it was like, and, it was great – I don’t like mulled cider when it’s really heavy and tastes too strong, so I enjoyed this one
1 Cinnamon Stick – add another one if you’re cinnamon crazy, but be careful not to over-kill the flavour!
2 x Tsp Allspice (ground or you can use 3 or 4 berries if you can find them! I use the ground spice as it’s been used for a lot of recipes i’ve been making in the lead up to Christmas, so you’ll get your use out of it!)
Zest and juice of 1 clementine (zest gently as the skin of a clementine is much softer than an orange!)
- Put all of the ingredients, except the cider, into a large pan, leave to sit for 20 minutes so that all the flavours combine and the apples take on the clove flavour
- Pour over the cider, turn on the heat and leave to simmer for 30 minutes minimum. Turn off the heat until you want more, or, leave it sat on a very low heat (don’t forget it’s on though and go out… no one wants burnt-on mulled cidery-appley-mush)
- If you’re having a party, why not garnish with a slice of apple on the side of the glass, maybe a little scarf around the glass… whatever you fancy, it’s the only time of year it’s acceptable to dress your glass up for the cold weather…!