It’s cold outside, it’s wet outside, it’s windy outside. Thankfully though, you’re not outside, you’re inside, ideally wearing a deliciously unfashionable Christmas sweater, stomach pre-rumbling with all the festive delights you’re going to indulge in. What could be better to keep the chills at bay than a big glass of hot, spicy mulled cider? Nothing, that’s what.
- Good quality dry cider — 2 litres makes enough for about 8 glasses
- Brandy — I tend to slosh in about 35cl of brandy to 2 litres of cider which will knock your socks right off. Tone it down if you don’t want your head to spin.
- Oranges — 3 or 4 will be enough for 2 litres
- Apples — 2 should be fine
- Spices — You can get some good pre-packaged kits with the spices in little tea-bags. If you can’t find those, grab a half teaspoon of nutmeg, a few sticks of cinnamon, and a small handful of cloves.
- Ginger — Optional, but I like it. Just a small root, sliced up will do.
- First things first; put your best Christmas music on, it’ll really help the flavours come together. Chuck all the cider into a big pan and put on a medium heat.
- Whilst that’s warming up, chop the oranges and apples into slices. Squeeze the orange juice into the pan and chuck in the juiced slices along with all the other ingredients.
- Let it simmer for a while. Use this time to perfect your dance moves and your Christmas jokes (What never eats at Christmas? The turkey, it’s stuffed!). Have a taste, and adjust as necessary. Give it about 30 minutes then strain, decant into your finest chipped glasses and serve to your eagerly awaiting friends. Better yet, drink it all yourself and enjoy that festive feeling!
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