Mulled Cider

Mulled cider makes a great Christmas drink.

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Mulled cider makes a great Christmas drink.

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Ingredients (Serves 6)

2
tablespoon
runny honey
100
ml
brandy or rum (Calvados would be ideal)
2
small cinnamon sticks
5
green cardamom pods, gently crushed
1
star anise
10
black peppercorns
1.5
l
good dry cider (preferably cloudy, scrumpy-style cider)
  • Put all the ingredients except the cider in a small pan and heat gently until the honey has dissolved.
  • Transfer to a large pan, add the cider, bring to blood temperature then test it for sweetness ­– you may want to add a little more honey.
  • Place a lid on the pan and set it aside for at least four hours.
  • Strain out the spices then re-heat very gently, making sure you don’t let it boil, and serve with lemon slices in heated glasses.