Mulled or spiced cider
On cold winter evening from halloween onwards a mulled cider is a wonderfully warming drink that really packs a great punch.
Recipe for mulled Cider (serves 4)
- 2 or 3 pints of cider
- Once applejuice of half a small lemon
- 1 tablespoon muscovado sugar
- 3 cloves
- half teaspoon allspice
- 1 stick Cinnamon
- 2 cardamon pods
- pinch of grated nutmeg
- 6 tablespoons of cider brandy (or ordinary brandy will do)
Instructions for mulled cider
Peel and core the apple and slice into thin wedges. Add half of this to a saucepan with the sugar, Cinnamon, allspice, cloves, cardamon and cider. Gently warm for 10 minutes and bring it to hot but not boiling.
Remove from the heat and add lemon juice and brandy. Pour into heatproof serving glasses (traditionally mulled cider is served in either glasses with handles or ceramic mugs) and sprinkle with nutmeg.
A children’s version can be made with apple juice instead of cider and no brandy. Also cut back on the cloves which kids often dislike.