It might sound like a cliché for farmers in the West Country to say but Harry’s a big fan of cider. Chilled in the summer months and mulled in the winter, it keeps him chipper come rain or shine.
So there’s no better excuse than joining him in raising a glass of mulled cider to see the year out with this fantastically simple recipe. Prepared in just 15 minutes, this mulled cider recipe serves 15 people. We think it pairs perfectly with the Chilli Sausage Rolls we’ve been snacking on throughout the winter months too.
2 litres good-quality traditional cider
3-4 star anise
1/4 nutmeg, finely grated into the pan
1 cinnamon stick
1 vanilla pod, halved
1 orange, juice of
2 clementines, juice of
1 pomegranate, juice and seeds
4-5 tablespoons caster
1. Pour the cider into a large pan on a low heat and let it warm through for a few minutes. Add all the spices and juices and turn the heat up. Once boiling, turn down to a simmer and leave to tick away for 5–8 minutes.
2. As everything infuses you’ll get delicious layers of flavour. Taste it and add sugar as you like. You don’t want it sweet; you just want the sugar to join the spices in a harmonious taste. When you’re happy with the flavours, ladle into glasses or mugs and serve warm.
Recipe by Jamie Oliver: jamieoliver.com/recipes/fruit-recipes/incredible-mulled-cider