Mulled cider, like mulled wine, has become a winter tradition in many peoples lives.

This warm, comforting drink is easy to prepare and is best shared with friends either indoors or outdoors round an open fire.

Ingredients:

  • 4 pints of still, dry farmhouse cider
  • 3 apples – washed, cored and sliced
  • 2 oranges, washed and sliced
  • 8 whole cloves
  • Juice and zest of 1 unwaxed lemon
  • 2 tsp ground mixed spice
  • 6 tbsp light soft brown sugar
  • 2 cinnamon quills snapped in half

Method:

  • Put all the ingredients into a pan, cover and heat gently for a minimum of 1 hour
  • Do not boil
  • Gather friends, and serve
  • For an extra kick why not add a splash of calvados