Sometimes the world is out to get you. Hard days and long nights don’t take a holiday because it’s Christmas. Therefore, here is a recipe that will cute your ills, soothe and warm you, and get you well on your way to being merry.
- 1 litre still dry cider (I used Snakecatcher by New Forest Cider)
- 3 cloves
- 2 star anise
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 vanilla pod, split
- 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
- Juice of an orange
- 50ml calvados
- 50ml pomegranate juice
- 3tbsp caster sugar
Warm up the cider until steaming. Meanwhile, measure out your dry and wet ingredients.
Chuck in your spices and juice/booze mixture and give everything a good stir. Bruise the cinnamon stick and vanilla pod with your spoon as you do so.
Bring the pot up to a boil, then turn it back down to a simmer for 5-8 minutes
Serve piping hot in heatproof cups.
This recipe is based on Jamie Oliver’s recipe for the same, with a few measurements tweaked, and an extra dose of booze to warm your cockles. It’s a damn good recipe, so I didn’t need to muck about with it much. Sweet, fruity, boozy and oh so quaffable- this is going to be my go to mulled beverage this year.