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With the weather getting cold, we’re all beginning to look for new ways to try and stay warm.
Warm cider is a great, festive way to warm up in the winter, whether it’s at social gatherings or in the comfort of your own home.
We’ve put together our top 5, delicious winter warmer cider recipes to help keep you toasty this Christmas.
The great thing about any of the following recipes is that if there are some ingredients you’re not too keen on, such as cinnamon, you can take these out or swap them for a spice you’re more likely to enjoy!
Hot Apple Cider; serves 4
Pour your apple cider and maple syrup into a large saucepan. Put the rest of the ingredients into the centre of a washed cheesecloth, fold in the corners to hold in the ingredients and tie up with string. Drop your new spice bundle into the saucepan of cider mixture. Put the saucepan, still with spice bundle inside, onto a moderate heat until the cider has almost reached boiling point. Remove the cider from the heat and take out the spice bundle. The cider is now ready to be enjoyed and served warm.
Mulled Cider; serves 6
Begin by peeling the skin from the orange, leaving the white pith behind. Grab the 3 whole cloves and stick them into the orange skin. Make the most of the left behind orange by squeeze the juice into the fresh orange juice you have already. Once you have mixed all of the juice together, put the rest of the ingredients into a large saucepan and bring to boil. Once it has reached its boiling point, remove the saucepan from the heat. Cover with a tea towel and allow to stand for a good 30 minutes, allowing the flavours to continue mixing together. This cider can be served warm or cold, though we recommend serving warm during the winter!
Hot Spiced Cranberry Cider; serves 8
Put all the ingredients above into a large saucepan. Put the saucepan on a high heat until it has reached the boiling point. Once boiled, turn down the heat and let the mixture simmer for around 15 to 20 minutes. Once it has been left to simmer and all the delicious flavours have been released, remember to remove the cinnamon, cloves and lemon slices. Whilst still hot and steaming, serve your hot, spiced, cranberry cider.
Creamy Hot Apple Cider; serves 2
This is the perfect cider recipe for those who more prone to a sweet treat! Mix the apple cider/juice, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and vanilla together in a bowl and put into the microwave for 2 minutes or until hot. We recommend doing this in 20 second intervals. Once hot, place the mixture with the caramel syrup and heavy whipping cream into a blender. Blend on high for 30 seconds until the entire mixture is fully combined and creamy. That’s it! The cider is ready to be enjoyed, and you can add more whipped cream for extra deliciousness.
Spiced Pomegranate Cider; serves 8
Combine the cinnamon, cloves and ginger in a saucepan over a medium heat for around 3 minutes, stirring constantly. After these three minutes are up, gradually begin to stir in the juices and bring to a boil, remaining on medium heat. Once the mixture has been brought to a boil, turn the heat down and let it simmer for around 15 minutes. Pour the mixture through a wire-mesh strainer to catch any cinnamon, cloves or ginger. This cider should be enjoyed warm, and if a more alcoholic drink is desired, stir in 1 cup of almond liquor just before serving.
To find out more information about ciders and juices please get in touch with us here by visiting our contact page or by giving us a call on 01404 890093
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