Mulled cider is a Christmas staple that is sure to warm you up on a winter’s night.
Serve this scrumptious mulled cider to family and friends and toast to the festive season. This hearty hot cider recipe contains aromatic spices like cinnamon, cloves and star anise, which smell divine and give a generous depth of flavour to the tangy apple taste. Simply add the ingredients in a pan and slow-cook for 30 minutes, then serve whilst hot with a tasty mince pie.
- 2 large lemons
- Approx 120 cloves (a handful)
- 2 apples
- 3 cinnamon sticks
- 5 pieces star anise
- 2ltr cider
Using a cocktail stick make a hole in the skin of one of the lemons and insert a clove into the hole. Leave a space and repeat in a circle around one end of the lemon. Repeat the process along the lemon leaving approx. 1.5cm between each ring of cloves. Use a sharp knife to cut the lemon into slices between the cloves. Slice the other lemon.
Cut the apples into quarters and carefully cut away the core. Cut the pieces of apple into thin slices.
Place the cinnamon sticks and star anise pieces in a large, heavy-based saucepan and heat for 1 minute, stirring to release the flavours.
Add the cider, apple and lemon slices to the pan and heat over a low-medium heat, stirring occasionally for 30-35 minutes or until piping hot. Serve ladled into tall glasses with fruit slices.
Tips for making mulled cider:
Why not try using a different flavoured cider such as pear, strawberry or cherry. Or for a non-alcoholic version that children will love, simply replace the cider with good quality cloudy apple juice.