Recipe - Winter Warming Spiced Cider

Tuesday, 24 November 2015

This is my first Christmassy post - my brother mentioned Spiced Cider at the weekend...and I said that he should make it rather than buy here is the recipe!

A few years ago I went to my friend Rachel's house in Kent and we celebrated Thanksgiving! We had the most amazing food and drank spiced cider that her mum made.

I knew it was something I wanted to try at home so I've made it every winter since!

All you need is some cider, an orange, sugar and spices...not hard and it is lovely to drink sitting in front of the fire.

The first thing you need is cider.

I'm a lad so I used Strongbow

I used three cans which was enough for 4 people to have two mugs each.
I would do half a can per person really - or double that if everyone wants more than one large mugful.

Pour the cider into a saucepan...

Then you need an orange.

Cut off the peel in strips and put that in the pan
You don't want to grate the peel in or you will get bits of it in your mug and it will not be very nice!

You are then left with the main fruit of the orange.

Squeeze this into your cider...

Time for some spices...

My Dad has this really cool spice rack.
You twist the top of each one and then can either sprinkle, or pour, out the spices dependant on the size of the hole you twist it onto.

I think it is from Soho Spices

Or if it isn't they do very similar ones! 

The first thing you need is nutmeg. Fresh if possible but I won't hate you if you use it from a jar.

I just grated in a little bit (maybe 6 times back and forward on the grater - that is a guess!)
If you don't have a microplane need one - they are sooo good and you don't have to worry about getting the grating out of the middle of the grater!

Time for cloves - the most christmassy spice!

I put about 8 in...

I also added a star anise and some cinnamon bark.

This is basically a fancy version of a cinnamon stick.

A cinnamon stick is fine! 

Finally I added in two tablespoons of sugar.

Warm it all up and let it infuse for about 10 minutes...

(remember to have your chef's treat and give it a taste first to check whether it needs more of anything)

And then you have a lovely batch of spiced cider ready to ladle into mugs


Plus it makes the house smell lovely!

What's your favourite winter recipe? (Preferably alcoholic!) Comment below and let me know!


  1. I need to try this recipe thank you for sharing this post lovely :)

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