Mulled Cider

by Tom & Tam Theisel, 06 Nov 2017
  • 6 Servings
  • Total time 20 mins

A steaming mulled cider during winter is fantastic! Whether it's savoured inside by the fire or cuddled outside for warmth, the aroma fills you with positivity and Christmas spirit. 

As cider is the classic Somerset tipple there are many local recipes, so it's worth trying them out in one of Bath's local drink establishments. For some homemade sparkle try our recipe, it's not traditional and has some odd ingredients, but it's been tried and tasted over the years to reach our perfect winter warmer.

We like our mulled cider to be spicy in flavour and slightly sweet with a boozy punch. This recipe can be served freshly prepared or prepped in advance.

Mulled cider


  • 1L strong dry cider
  • 1 large orange, rind & juice
  • 5cm cinnamon stick
  • 4 whole cloves
  • 4 crushed cardamom pods
  • 1 fresh bay leaf
  • 90ml maple sryup (15ml per person)
  • 90ml brandy (15ml per person)


  1. Infusing the Flavour

    Put the cider, orange rind, orange juice and spices into a saucepan and bring to a very gentle simmer, literally just a few bubbles. Turn the temperature down to low and leave to infuse for 15 minutes.

    At this point you can serve or leave to cool for reheating later.

    Mulled cider infusing
    Mulled cider infusing
  2. Serving

    Add a table spoon (15ml) of rum and maple syrup to each serving glass then pour the warm cider mixture into each glass.

    Taste and adjust with more maple syrup or rum to meet your preference.

    Savour and enjoy!


    If you don't want the whole spices in the glass pour the mixture through a tea strainer.