After the ridiculous frosts in July we had a couple of weeks of (slightly) warmer weather. I took this to mean that winter was over. And then this week, it came back with a vengeance!! Frosts, cold, rain. Yuck. So in
celebration commiseration of winter rearing it's ugly head again, let's warm up with a delicious mulled cider!
Mulled wine is a treat I looooove. The first time I had it was at Winter Wonderland at Hyde Park in London a few Christmases ago and it was epic! It solved my lifelong crisis of wanting a grown up drink in winter but not wanting to deal with cold hands. Winning! I've made it at home before and it is great but I thought I would try something different this time. Good decision. Red wine can be a little tricky, but who doesn't love cider!
I used Mac's Cranberry & Ginger Cider. It's one of their new ones and it is delicious as is, but even more so mulled. I just want to mention that this is not a sponsored post, I just plain love Mac's. Their cider is awesome, their beer is even more awesome. Especially the 3 wolves Pale Ale. Which I bought 10% because I love Pale Ale, 90% because the label has 3 beautiful wolves on it. As someone who works in marketing, I am the biggest sucker for it!
Anyway, you can use your favourite cider, but I would highly recommend the Cranberry & Ginger...it works really well with the spices and makes it taste even more Christmassy. Plus it's pink.
It couldn't be easier to make the mulled cider. Cut up an orange and put that, the cider, and a few spices into a pot and simmer it away for 10 minutes before drinking up! It's warm, spicy, full of flavour and the ultimate in winter drinking.
Tip: If you are entertaining a crowd you can make this in a slow cooker. Add all ingredients and cook on high for a couple of hours, then keep it on warm as you are serving it.
Perfect for a mid-winter Christmas celebration. Or just a Saturday night!
- 2 x 568ml bottles of Mac's Cranberry & Ginger Cider or your favourite cider
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 star anise
- ½ teaspoon whole cloves
- ¼ teaspoon nutmeg
- ½ orange sliced
- Add all ingredients to a medium sized saucepan and bring almost to the boil over a medium heat.
- Reduce heat to low-medium and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Allow to cool slightly and serve