Remember remember, the fifth of November.

Tonight is bonfire night!*

*Said in Shakespearean stage whisper.

Britain will be aflame with fireworks, bonfires and sparklers. People all over our fair isles will gaze up in wonderment and brusquely ignore how bloody freezing it is!

Two things are compulsory on Bonfire Night;

  1. Sausages,
  2. Hot, spiced cider.

I’m very happy to tell you that I have (and am willing to share) the perfect Mulled Cider recipe.

It’s quick, easy and really rather good.

Easy, excellent mulled cider recipe!

Quick and easy mulled cider recipe

You’ll need to gather a few ingredients.

Mulled Cider Ingredients

1litre of cloudy cider (you’ll never guess why I chose this ^ one!)

Half litre of ginger beer

1 orange

Handful of cloves

Couple of cinnamon sticks

Splash of maple syrup (or honey)

Sloe gin or spiced rum (optional)

Stab a good few small holes into your orange (use a skewer or a pencil) and poke your cloves in. Pop into the bottom of a large saucepan, pour over your cider, ginger beer, add your cinnamon sticks and splash of syrup. Put the lid on and bring to the boil.

Once it’s boiled, turn the heat off, add a measure or two of sloe gin (or rum).

Pour into a jug, orange ‘n’ all.

Mulled Cider Recipe -2

We wrap ours in a napkin as a vague attempt to keep it warm before pouring!

Mulled cider party

Serve in mugs or jars if you’d like larger rations.

Don’t use glasses as they might not cope with the heat very well.

Mulled cider for Autumn through Christmas!

Add an extra slice of orange and a cinnamon stick if you’re feeling festive!

Mulled cider and autumn leaves

Serve outside.

Autumn table

Makeshift tablecloth optional, but highly recommended!

Mulled Cider Recipe

The recipe makes about 3.5pints, so multiply as needed.

You can always make a big batch ahead of time and warm it up when your guests arrive. The flavours will get even stronger and they’re bound to be thoroughly impressed.

Mulled cider and candles

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate Autumn.

…but perhaps I’ll have to mull it over.

Sorry, had to be done. Couldn’t leaf that one be!

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