Mulled Cider

Recipe: Mulled Cider

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Come Christmas time, I welcome pretty much any drink if it’s mulled.  Nothing beats browsing round one of the many Christmas markets and then stopping for a warming, sweet, spiced mulled wine or cider. Holding the glass (or plastic cup as the case may be) warms your hands and the drink itself leaves you with a lovely alcoholic warmth on the inside.

Here’s my version of mulled cider.  It has all my favourite bits from the many recipes that I’ve browsed, trying to get the perfect mull. This drink is so warming and good for you, it’s practically medicinal…

Mulled Cider


Mulled Cider

You will need:

Approx. 1.5 litres dry cider (I used 3 bottles of Bulmers)

The rind of 1 orange

The juice of 1/2 an orange

2 star anise

3 cloves

1 stick cinnamon

1/2 heaped tbs vanilla paste (or a vanilla pod)

100 g brown sugar

100 ml dark rum (optional, but advisable as it adds a little more of that welcome warmth!)

  • Add all the cider into a large pan on a gentle heat
  • Add the rest of your ingredients apart from the rum and stir gently
  • Continue to heat slowly until the cider is just below simmering point
  • Add your rum and decant into glasses
  • Drink immediately!


Colette Broomhead

I am a 30 something mother of 2 little boys and I live with them and my husband in Nottingham. My passions are my family and friends, my kitchen, my cookery books and all things food and drink!

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