Mulled cider is the new mulled wine and it’s not just for Christmas; it’s light enough to enjoy on any cold evening when you fancy a warm, comforting tipple.
1 litre/2 pints dry, still cider
300ml apple juice
1 10cm cinnamon stick
1 star anise/3 all-spice berries (optional)
zest of an orange
grating of nutmeg
brown sugar to taste
50ml Somerset cider brandy
Pour all ingredients, except the brandy, into a saucepan and simmer gently for 30 minutes, do not boil. Pour into mugs/glasses and add a dram of brandy to each.