Winter is officially here. Which means colder and longer nights. But it’s not all bad news. Hot drinks and cocktails come back into fashion, making it easier to enjoy the cooler nights out and about socialising with friends.
Mulled cider is a must have for autumn and winter social gatherings. Most popular in the northern hemisphere where the winters are very cold and a hot beverage is always welcome. Melbourne may not be as cold as the north, but the smell of spiced cider is pretty inviting and it tastes delicious.
Anybody can enjoy a mug of mulled cider, and as an adult you can take the opportunity to add a shot of spiced rum for a smooth kick.
A slow cooker does the double of both mulling the cider and keeping it warm for hours, making it the perfect appliance for this classic cold-weather beverage. It will also make your house smell like Christmas.
How to make mulled cider in the slow cooker
Makes 4 litres.
- 4 litres of apple cider or unfiltered apple juice
- 4 x cinnamon sticks
- 1 x large orange
- 1 x piece of fresh ginger (approx. 4cm)
- 1 x tablespoon of whole cloves
- 1 x tablespoon of nutmeg
- 1 x teaspoon of star anise
- Fill the slow cooker;
- Add the fresh ingredients (orange and ginger);
- Add the spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg and star anise);
- Slow cook on low for up to 4 hours or pressure cook on high for 3o minutes;
- Strain cider (if required or desired) using a fine mesh strainer.
Keep warm and serve in mugs garnished with sliced orange or a cinnamon stick.