I don’t really like mulled wine. I mean, in theory it’s wonderful – warm, festive and alcoholic – but in reality it’s always a bit sharp, a bit too sweet, a bit like somebody scraped up the dust at the bottom of their spice cupboard and mixed it with the cheapest wine in ALDI.

Mulled cider, though, is a whole different story. You only have to consider the wide range of sweet flavoured ciders now available (strawberry and lime, pear, elderflower) and compare to the number of flavoured wines (mulled, that’s it), to know that it’s the better option.

It’s also much easier to make non alcoholic (cider is alcoholic in the UK; we call everything else apple juice, for my American readers) or more alcoholic as desired.

If I’ve still not convinced you, take a look at the little video I made last Christmas with The Melias, and give it a try. I promise, it tastes of winter cheer and wonderment in a mug.

View this post on Instagram

A post shared by Sara Tasker (@me_and_orla) on


  • 2 litres alcoholic Cider (or apple juice)
  • 4 Clementines
  • 1 lemon
  • 6 cloves
  • 3-4 star anise
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 tbsp whisky (optional)
  • 2 spiced apple tea bags
  • 4-5 tbsp brown sugar


  1. Slice the fruit and add all the ingredients to a pan, and place on a medium heat.
  2. Bring to a simmer and stir, giving the fruit a gentle mash with your spoon to release the juices.
  3. Allow to simmer for around 10 minutes, then check for taste.
  4. Add more sugar, and whisky, as desired.
  5. Heat again, then serve while still hot and steamy.

Let me know your thoughts, if you get chance to try it. Merry everything, my friends! x

Hashtags for Instagram

Every month, I gather up a selection of winning hashtags and send them straight to your inbox, for free.

Sign up to receive my newsletters every month.


  • toss prediction

  • March 24, 2024

Say, you got a nice blog article.Really thank you!

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

  • tlover tonet

  • March 08, 2024

My brother suggested I may like this web site. He was once entirely right. This submit actually made my day. You can not believe simply how a lot time I had spent for this info! Thanks!

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

  • zoritoler imol

  • October 23, 2023

I like this post, enjoyed this one regards for putting up.

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

  • zoritoler imol

  • March 09, 2023

Good web site! I truly love how it is simple on my eyes and the data are well written. I am wondering how I could be notified when a new post has been made. I’ve subscribed to your feed which must do the trick! Have a nice day!

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

  • zoritoler imol

  • January 26, 2023

You have observed very interesting details! ps decent site.

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

  • zoritoler imol

  • December 30, 2022

I am continually invstigating online for posts that can assist me. Thank you!

Your comment is awaiting moderation.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *