Make, Do, Mend: Hot apple cider


We are fond of a bit of tradition and to we have made this Mulled Cider part of our annual Canadian Thanksgiving tradition (and proceed to keep making it right the through until February!)

We have experimented with a few different recipes but this years was the best and it comes from the the Domestic goodness herself, Nigella Lawson.  So if you are in need of a simple, cheap drink to warm your cockles, try this on for size:


  • 1 pint (16 fluid ounces) cider
  • 2 fluid ounces dark rum
  • 9 fluid ounces apple and ginger tea, from herbal teabag
  • 1 1/2 ounces soft dark brown sugar
  • 2 clementines
  • 4 cloves
  • 2 sticks cinnamon
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • 2 cardamom pods


Pour the cider, rum and herbal tea into a wide saucepan. Add the sugar and place the saucepan over a low heat. Slice the clementines in half and stick a clove into each half. Add the clementines to the pan. Break the cinnamon sticks in half. Add the cinnamon, bay leaves and cardamom pods to the saucepan. Heat the saucepan until the mixture is almost boiling. Turn down the heat once the pan is near to boiling.

To serve, ladle the mulled cider into heatproof glasses with handles.

Drink and be merry!



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