Celebrate Christmas in style with cider

03/12/2012

Celebrate Christmas in style with cider

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As the nights draw in there is nothing better to warm your cockles than a hot drink – but it’s party season so we want something with a bit of pizzazz!

Made with lovely warm spices there is nothing more scrumptious on a cold night than a mulled cider! Mulled cider is a brilliant way to demonstrate the versatility of cider.

Try this recipe using the delicious Kingstone Press (available in Morrisons)

Serves 8-10 (for more just increase percentages)

Ingredients

  • 3½pts/2L Kingstone Press cider
  • 2 tsp ground cloves
  • 4-6 cinnamon sticks
  • 5-6 allspice berries
  • zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tbsp grated root ginger
  • 2 pinches ground nutmeg
  • slices of apple for garnish
  • Dark rum (to taste) or ginger wine (if you want more ginger warmth)

Preparation method

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large saucepan and simmer gently for 30 minutes - do not boil.
  2. Or, if you have more time and would like your mulled cider to have a bit more kick, steep your spices in the cider for up to a few hours. The longer the infusion, the spicier your drink.
  3. Transfer to a heatproof bowl and ladle into glass mugs. Garnish with apple slices to serve.

Why not explore how this most English of drinks can be enjoyed on so many different occasions.

The breadth of ciders available from Aston Manor are a great match for different foods – and even a rich ingredient to add to the pot.

Keep an eye out on the blog as we will be posting food matching and recipe ideas from time to time.


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