It’s Christmas Eveeeeee! I hope you’re all well and truly in the Christmas spirit, but if you need a little extra festivity in your life this afternoon, why not make yourself a nice wee cup of mulled cider? Whilst I won’t say no to a glass of mulled wine, I’m not a huge fan of red wine so it’s not my favourite drink ever – mulled cider, on the other hand, is pretty much perfect.
You Will Need (Serves 4)
1 litre cider
2x 25ml Sourz Toffee Apple*
1 cinnamon stick
1 tbsp soft brown sugar
Apple juice (optional)
1. Add the cider and Sourz Toffee Apple to a pan along with the cinnamon stick, cloves and brown sugar. Heat the mixture over a medium heat.
2. Slice the apple and clementines and add to the pan. Make sure to add in any juice that escapes, and don’t worry about peeling or de-seeding the fruit. Just chuck it all in!
3. Continue to heat the mixture over a medium heat for at least 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Let it simmer very gently but don’t let it boil.
4. After 15-20 minutes the mixture should be warmed through and infused with the fruit and spices. You can serve it now, or keep it warm over a very low heat to let the mulling continue.
5. If you want the mixture to go a bit further, or if you find it too strong, you can add in a little bit of apple juice too.
6. Once ready to serve, decant into a jug and pour into glasses. You can strain the mixture if you want, but I think it’s better left as it is – just be careful not to swallow any of the cloves whole!
And there you have it, an easy, festive drink to keep your tummy cosy during the holidays. If you haven’t got any Sourz Toffee Apple to hand, you can substitute it for your favourite sweet liqueur or a wee splash of dark rum. If you find it’s not sweet enough, just add in a little extra sugar and feel free to chuck in whichever spices you have in your cupboard – ginger, nutmeg and star anise would also work well. Serve it along with some homemade shortbread and you can’t go wrong!