On a chilly winter’s evening, there’s nothing that can quite match the satisfaction of mulled cider or wine. The combination of steam and rich, spicy cider is sure to warm your heart and your taste buds in front of the fire. Not only is the rich taste one to savour, the mixed spices will also fill your home with a comforting scent that will make it feel like Christmas! So if you want to achieve that feel-good ambience at home throughout the year, here’s our guide to drinking and serving mulled cider.
What Is Mulled Cider & When Is Best To Serve It?
Dating back hundreds of years, mulled cider has a long history with traditional recipes. Since plenty of apples can be grown in England, apple cider has always been much cheaper and more widely available than wine.
Made with the same base as mulled wine, mulled cider is essentially hot apple cider that is heated with spices and herbs to give it a warm and rich flavour. It makes a delicious drink to enjoy on a cold night or served for a party drink.
Best Types Of Cider For Mulling:
Cloudy & Good Body
The factor that gives cider a cloudy appearance is the inclusion of fibre and antioxidants in addition to apple juice. You need a cider with good body because it will thin out well when heated and offer you great taste.
In general, the sweeter the apple the better and you will notice this once it’s heated. Organic ciders do not contain apple concentrate which results in the flavour being intense. You can always add a little sugar or honey to achieve the desired taste.
A Little Acidity
It is important to get the balance of sugar just right as too much will make remove the flavour of the cider. A hint of acidity will give the cider the balance it needs with the sugar.
Here are a few of our recommendations to try:
Wassail Mulled Cider
This sumptuous cider contains an aromatic brew containing apple juice, fresh oranges and hand blended spices.
Perfect served warm, it is a wonderful festive drink.
Montol - St Ives Cider
Montol is a traditional cider infused with herbs, spices and apple juice to make a great alternative to mulled wine.
Alternatively, you can create your own mulled cider recipe at home with a delicious plain apple cider from our selection.