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Published November 7th 2012
Hot mulled drink that's good for you & the kids - bring it
Decadent, divine hot apple cider. Like its famous cousin mulled wine, it is revered the world over, but this one not only tastes delicious it is also good for you and the kids can share it too.
Typically hot apple cider is a winter drink and it goes well served in the cold weather. However you can serve it in summer by making it and then cooling with ice cubes or in the fridge after heating. Perfect if you wish to serve it to refresh when you're exercising, at a party or anywhere you need to bring a lovely, unique drink to share.
If you want to make it really healthy, you can use fresh organic apple juice, but if you're not worried about such things, any apple juice will do although, the best quality you can find will produce the best drink.
A couple of tips, if you possibly can, use more whole dried spices rather than stale packaged ones from the back of the pantry. If you really want to make it lovely you can even grind fresh ones up yourself. When heating your apple juice don't boil it; just bring it to a gentle heat and simmer it gently rather than bubble away.
Total prep & cook time: 10-30 Min
This recipe should make approximately 16 glasses of hot apple cider
Fresh apple juice, preferably organic You can really add any herbs or spices that you like, but if you're not sure where to begin then here are some suggestions for you. The quantities given here are just a suggestion, you may use more or less depending on how much you wish each flavour to come through.
4 - 10 whole cloves (I prefer less cloves) 2 - 6 green cardamom pods
1/2 - 1 whole cinnamon stick
1 dried star anise
Optional: 1 thin slice fresh ginger, a slice or two of lemon or orange
Carefully pour the apple juice into a heat proof bowl or saucepan on the stove. If using a heat proof bowl you may be best to place it in a saucepan with some water simmering underneath as a double boiler.
Add all of the spices and the optional slice of ginger, lemon or orange, depending on your preference.
Gently keep them all together and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
When brewed, you may serve directly from the pot with a ladle or pour into a large heatproof jug to serve at the table.
If desired, add a dollop of whipped cream on top to make it really special.
If you are going on a picnic and would like to take it with you, pour it into a thermos to keep it warm for the day.