Wednesday, 23 December 2015

Hot Mulled Cider Recipe



I love baking all year around, but when it comes to Christmas time, I'm an absolute fiend in the kitchen and I feel I always have to be making or baking something. To me, there's something so homely and festive about a house smelling like gingerbread or sugar cookies. As much as I like to eat, I also love to drink! Steaming mugs of hot chocolate served with whipped cream are usually my drink of choice come Christmas time, but I thought I might switch it up this year and try out a mulled cider recipe.

Traditionally, this recipe calls for wine to be used instead of cider, served hot with an array of spices such as clove, cinnamon and star anise. What better 'Christmassy' flavours, don't you think?


If you have ever been fortunate enough to have the opportunity to attend a Christmas Market, particularly in Germany, I'm sure you're only all too familiar with 'Gluhwein'. However, my first experience with this tasty beverage was less than pleasant. I'm sure most of you are familiar with that slight burn of alcohol down the throat...




Understandably, the second time I tried Mulled Wine, I was much more cautious. It was with my best friend Sarah alongside a beautiful Christmas dinner when I truly tasted the spirit of this festive drink. Flavours of Christmas danced on my tongue...who would've thought hot, spiced wine would taste so darn good?!

Flash forward a few years and although the temperatures here in Melbourne are soaring, I find myself dreaming about this tasty, hot beverage. I know, I'm crazy; but who's going to stand between a girl and her festive spirit? Sarah is not exactly a huge fan of mulled wine, so we decided to switch up our alcoholic beverage with a sweet apple cider. This is probably the best thing we could have done because I am truly hooked by the festive flavours and it looks like I'll be making this all year round!



Anjelique and Sarah's Mulled Cider 

Ingredients:

1 litre of Sweet Apple Cider
3 Cloves
3 Star Anise
1/4 of freshly grated Nutmeg
1/2 Vanilla Bean
1 stick of Cinnamon
1 orange
1-2 Tbsps of Caster Sugar


Method:
1. Pour in your cider into a large pot and bring to a simmer.
2. Add in juice of 1 orange and stir through.
3. Add your spices and and sugar and let simmer for 5 minutes.
4. Strain pulp and loose spices and serve hot.

Tips:

- The longer you let the spices and cider simmer, the more infused and prominent the spices will be.
- Once you have taken your servings, you can leave the rest of the liquid in the pot and reheat as necessary.
- Don't forget to keep on tasting your mulled cider until it's the right flavour you want. From doing this you can gauge if there's any extra spices you will need to add.



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Happy Christmas Eve Eve! 
I hope those of you who want to try this delicious Mulled Cider out get a chance to. I know that's what I'll be thirsting for come Christmas Eve!

8 comments:

  1. yummy! Merry Christmas!


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  2. Wow i want it for christmas.
    I'm a fan of apple cider.

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  4. This sounds amazing! I was looking for a drink to make on Christmas day and I'm pretty sure I will try yours! Thanks for sharing and have a great week!

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  5. This is so lovely, and so perfect fro Christmas! I love cider, hot or cold, so this recipe is definitely something I'll have to test out. Thanks for sharing! :)
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  6. Love Love Love mulled cider. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!
    Love, Charlotte Luisa

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  7. I've never tried it before, however I am sure it tastes amazing! x

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