The easiest mulled cider - using mulled fruit teabags instead of individual spices. This mulled cider has a lovely warming, spiced flavour with an extra hit of apple brandy!
Definitely one for the grown-ups only!
Whenever I used to go to a Christmas market, I always used to get a Glühwein, and really try to like it. But to be honest, I would find it a little strong and sometimes too acidic.
In recent years, I've noticed mulled cider is becoming more common, and I found that to be so much more palatable!
Sweet, tangy, spiced and warming - the perfect drink to warm your hands and belly on a cold Winter day!
This is my quick and easy recipe - using mulled fruit teabags. It's so much easier than fiddling with spice bags and squeezing out muslins.
📋 What do we need?
Full recipe with detailed steps in the recipe card at the end of this post.
- Cider (hard/alcoholic cider) - I like to use a nice fruity cider - such as Misty Maid or Cornish Orchards
- Apple juice - a good quality cloudy apple juice is best
- Apple brandy/Calvados
- Light brown sugar
- Orange zest
- Mulled fruit teabags (see my recommendations in the notes section of the recipes card below)
👩🍳PRO TIP You can easily double or triple this recipe, sticking to the same ingredient ratios and same cooking times, to serve more people.
I love to serve my mulled cider with slices of clementine and a small handful of fresh cranberries. Although don't eat the cranberries - they're very pretty, but definitely on the sour side when they're raw!
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Easy Mulled Cider
- 1 litre (1.75) pints cider - (hard cider)
- 300 ml (1.25) cups apple juice
- 4 tbsp Calvados
- 8 tbsp light brown sugar
- Zest of 1 orange - peeled into thick strips
- 3 mulled fruit teabags - see my recommendations below
- Thin slices of unpeeled clementines
- Fresh cranberries - they'll be too sour to eat, but they look very pretty
- Add everything to a pan.1 litre (1.75) pints cider, 300 ml (1.25) cups apple juice, 4 tbsp Calvados, 8 tbsp light brown sugar, Zest of 1 orange, 3 mulled fruit teabags
- Bring to the boil and simmer for 10 minutes.
- Remove the mulled fruit teabags and orange peel.
- Serve immediately, or keep warm over a low heat until ready to serve.
- Serve topped with slices of clementine and fresh cranberriesThin slices of unpeeled clementines, Fresh cranberries
- Misty Maid
- Sandford Orchards
- Cornish Orchards Gold
- Thatchers Vintage
- Henry Westons Vintage
- M&S Mulled Fruit Infusion Teabags - this is the one I use for this recipe the most
- Pukka Winter Warmer Teabags
- Teapigs Glühwein teabags
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