How To Make Mulled Cider
How To Make Mulled Apple Cider
Here’s something to warm your cockles; two of our favourite, quick and simple, mulled cider recipes.
A Bit Of History First Though…
Mulled cider may be giving mulled wine a run for its money as the go-to winter drink in recent years, but it is in fact centuries old. Descended from a drink that was traditionally used during the ancient Pagan ceremony of the Wassail, to toast the apple trees and bring on the spring. Originally called ‘waes pu hael’ which means good health in Anglo Saxon, it was certainly something that would put hairs on your chest; made from mulled ale, curdled cream, roasted apples, eggs, cloves, ginger, nutmeg and sugar. We think you’ll find our recipes far more palatable.
Naturally Good Mulled Cider Starts With Good Cider
Cider made from fresh juice and not concentrate is a must as it has a more intense apple taste which will not be overpowered once the rest of the ingredients are added. Cider that has a hint of acidity is good too, to balance out the sugar, otherwise you’ll end up with a drink that’s too sickly sweet. All of our ciders are made from fresh juice and are delicately blended and balanced, therefore perfect for mulling.
Hot Devon Treacle – It Really Tastes As Good As It Sounds!
Ingredients you’ll need:
- 1 litre Devon Red Cider
- 200ml cloudy apple juice
- 200ml Rum
- 100g of brown sugar
- 1 apple finely sliced
Add all of the ingredients to a saucepan. Heat gently for 10 minutes, be careful not to let it boil. Once warmed, ladle into mugs and garnish with apple slices.
Classic Mulled Cider
Here’s what you’ll need:
- 1.5 litres of Devon Mist Cider
- 400ml of cloudy apple juice
- A clove studded apple
- A couple of star anise
- The zest of an orange
- A tablespoon of allspice berries
- A cinnamon stick
And a good glug of Calvados or Brandy if you want to give it an extra kick! Combine all the ingredients in a saucepan and gently simmer for 30 minutes – do not boil. Then ladle into glass mugs, garnish with apple slices and enjoy!
Extra tip: Why not experiment with different types of cider, to find your perfect Mulled Cider blend!