Posted on Oct 12, 2014 in RECIPES

It’s been a lazy Sunday here at the Dyer house, and it’s got me ready for some fall traditions.

Harry Potter marathons.

All the cinnamon candles.

Hot, boozy drinks.

One of my favorite things to make for the cooler months is mulled cider. It’s relatively easy and perfect for cozy nights in. The best recipe I’ve tried is one by Nigella Lawson. I suggest calling some friends and have them over for some of this deliciousness. A bonfire wouldn’t be bad either.


1 pint apple cider2 ounces dark rum
9 ounces apple and ginger tea
1 1/2 ounces dark brown sugar
2 clementines
4 cloves
2 cinnamon sticks
2 fresh bay leaves
2 cardamom pods

Pour the cider, rum and herbal tea into a wide saucepan. Add the sugar and place the saucepan over a low heat. Slice the clementines in half and stick a clove into each half. Add the clementines to the pan. Break the cinnamon sticks in half. Add the cinnamon, bay leaves and cardamom pods to the saucepan. Heat the saucepan until the mixture is almost boiling. Turn down the heat once the pan is near to boiling.

To serve, ladle the mulled cider into heatproof glasses with handles.
That is straight from Nigella’s recipe, but I definitely like to add a little more rum. Or bourbon. Whatever.
Happy sipping, gypsies.


  1. Meghan
    October 13, 2014

    I absolutely love this and plan to use it as soon as I can. Warm cider is my favorite EVER. If you want to get a little more alcoholic, mull some Fall Woodchuck in a teapot and mix 50/50 with mead. It is made of magic. I stole that from the Ohio Renaissance Fest. 🙂

    Thanks for the awesome post!

    • Kayla
      October 13, 2014

      So glad you love cider as much as I do! 🙂 I’ll definitely try your recipe, too. That sounds freaking delicious!


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