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Mulled Cider

Mulled Cider Recipe

Though mulled wine (gluhwein) is generally considered the most popular winter drink – at least in Europe – Mulled Cider is becoming increasingly common in the UK. As you can imagine, this warming drink is served almost universally in the cider pubs/barges/dungeons of the West Country at this time of year. With this recipe, it’s easy to bring the spicy, festive feeling of Mulled Cider home!

There are two things to remember when mulling; do not over-mull your cider and it’s best not to let it boil. Regarding the first point, 30 minutes should be sufficient to instill the flavours of your spices in the mulled cider – though taste as you go. Over-mulling your cider, or indeed wine, will only serve to mask the flavour of the cider, potentially to the point of unpleasantness. As for the second point, allowing the cider to boil will likely impair its flavour. Besides, it doesn’t need to be that hot – you’ll just scald yourself.

How to Make Mulled Cider 

Mulled Cider

Serves 10-12


  • 1.5l dry farmhouse cider
  • 6 cloves studded into an apple
  • 4 star anise
  • ¼ nutmeg, finely grated
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 4 cardamom pods
  • Apple juice to sweeten, around 1l
  • Juice of 1 orange and 1 clementine


Heat all of the ingredients, except the apple juice, together for 30-40 minutes – do not boil. Sweeten to taste with some good-quality apple juice, pass through a sieve and serve.

Cost: You should certainly use good-quality cider for this recipe and while this increases the cost a little, it is certainly worth it. Still, using apple juice certainly makes the cider go a little further. As such, this large batch of mulled cider should set you back in the region of £6.

27 replies on “Mulled Cider”

What a great idea!! I had some mulled wine last night and thought of making some, but cider sounds even better! Will try out the Bristol Cider shop when I’m there after New Year, any other tips for must do/eat places?

Both are great and I have recipes for each :D. There are so many places to visit – it depends what sort of thing you like. There are great websites with info, or you could send me an email!

This looks really delicious! I made some cider last week for a party. You’re definitely right about not letting it boil.

[…] With regards to the sugar and water, I feel they are entirely necessary. Without the water, glühwein is a little bit too much of a kick in the face and without the sugar it fails to achieve the levels of comforting viscosity required. The land lies similarly with the cardamom and star anise, since they add rather a lot to the general spiciness of the drink! This recipe really is spot on – I hope you’re looking forward to my recipe for mulled cider! […]

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