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Mulled Cider Recipe

Day 10: This is a twist on the traditional mulled wine, it’s a mulled cider! To make an alcohol free version for kids/non drinkers, substitute the cider for pressed apple juice instead. There are some beautiful Irish apple juices to be bought at this time of the year. Personally I love both Stameen Farm and Llewellyns Orchard juices for local juices (and ciders) but whatever you can get your hands on is fine. Do yourself a favour though, don’t use juices made from concentrate, you just won’t get the same flavour.

[recipe][recipe title=”Mulled Cider” servings=”5″ time=”30 mins” difficulty=”very easy”]


  • 1 litre of cider
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 pieces of star anise
  • 3 cloves
  • 2 all spice berries
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 apple


Take a large saucepan and put it on a low/medium heat. Fill the saucepan with the cider, and add the aromatics above. Slice the lemon and apple into thin slices and pop them into the saucepan too.

Stir with a wooden spoon and allow to warm through for about 20 minutes. Make sure it doesn’t come to the boil. Once warm through, serve immediately in mugs and enjoy.

This mulled cider recipe goes perfectly with blue cheese and crackers. The blue cheese is the perfect counterpoint to the sweet and tart drink.

Obviously the children had the non-alcoholic version which is actually my favourite.

If you have a slow cooker, pop all the ingredients in the slow cooker on high for 90 mins before serving.[/recipe]

I'm an Irish mother to 2 boys, born & bred in Dublin, Ireland. I like to cook simple & fresh food for the family, with the family on a budget.

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