It’s been chilly here – in fact, it was ten degrees below last night! At times like these it’s nice to have something to keep us warm inside – you’ve probably tried mulled wine (red wine, sugar and a sachet of spices heated and drunk warm) but have you ever had hot mulled cider?
Hot and spicy, mulled cider is a great alternative to the usual winter warmers. It makes a perfect drink on return from a walk in the snow, to sip in front of a crackling log fire on a cold winter’s night, or curled up on the sofa in front of the telly – any excuse, really! And unlike other winter drinks such as mulled wine, eggnog or rum toddy, it needs no added sugar unless you have a sweet tooth.
Here’s the recipe – go on, enjoy! And while you’re on, why not try super-quick, easy-to-make spicy baked apples?
Mulled Cider With Calvados
Ingredients (makes about a litre)
- Half litre dry cider
- 125ml calvados (apple brandy)
- Half litre apple juice
- Thinly pared rind of one half lemon
- 2 sticks of cinnamon
- 6 cloves
- Put the cider and apple juice in a large pan, together with the lemon rind, cinnamon and cloves.
- Bring to simmer, without allowing the mixture to boil, for 10 minutes.
- Add the calvados.
- Sieve or otherwise discard the cloves, cinnamon and lemon rind.
- Taste, adding a little extra sugar if you think it needs it.
- Serve in heat resistant glasses or cups.
What about spicy-baked apples as a quick and easy accompaniment for supper?
- 2 apples
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 2-3 tablespoons dry cider
- Core the apples.
- Mix the brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg in a bowl.
- Spoon the sugar mixture into the apples and pour cider over.
- Place the apples in a deep casserole dish and cover.
- Microwave for 3 1/2 to 4 minutes or until tender.
- Let the apples sit for a couple minutes before serving.
To serve, top the apples with cream or pour over some mulled cider.