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Mulled Cider

December 18

Perfect for gifting or for festive get-togethers, this aromatic blend of cinnamon, star anise, cloves, and more creates a syrup that is just delicious. Just add a splash to your favourite cider or apple juice, throw in some lemon slices, heat it up, and let the warmth of the season embrace you.

  • serves Serves
  • time 20 mins + infusing time


  1. 1. For the syrup, put the sugar, water, lemon zest, lemon juice and spices into a large pan, set over a gentle heat and allow the sugar to slowly dissolve.
  2. 2. Increase the heat and bubble for 10-15 minutes then allow to cool and infuse (overnight if you have time). Strain into clean sterilised bottles for gifts or to keep you going through the festive period.
  3. 3. When ready to serve, add 200ml of the syrup to 1 litre of cider or apple juice and a sliced lemon and heat together before serving.


Makes 800ml syrup:


600g caster sugar

800ml water

Zest & juice of 1 lemon

2 long cinnamon stick

3 star anise

12 cloves

1 vanilla pod, split

8 cardamom pods, cracked

To serve:

1 litre medium sweet cider or apple juice

Lemon slices