Celebrity chef Tom Kerridge's alternate Christmas: Mulled cider

Published Friday, Nov 29 2013, 20:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
Tom Kerridge
At Christmas you could have mulled wine, but I'm a proper West Country boy and cider is more up my street.

Get yourself a really good country cider, cloudy or clear, it doesn't matter as long as it tastes great.

Check out my very own recipe for an alternative to mulled wine here. What are you waiting for?!

Tom Kerridge mulled cider

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  • 2 litres of good cider
  • 150g soft dark brown sugar
  • 150ml dark rum
  • 10 cardamom rods
  • 1 cinnamon stick, broken up
  • 3 fresh bay leaves
  • 1 vanilla pod
  • 4 star anise
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1tsp whole black peppercorns


  1. In a muslin bag, tie up the peppercorns, cardamom, bay leaves, cinnamon and the star anise.

  2. Place the cider, sugar, muslin bag and split and scraped vanilla pod into a pan and bring to the boil.

  3. Reduce the heat and leave to steep for 20 minutes.

  4. Add the orange zest and the dark rum.

  5. Remove from the heat and serve.

Tom Kerridge's mulled cider is part of his "alternate Christmas menu" to promote Free Birds - Hollywood's latest animated blockbuster. Free Birds is out in cinemas now.