Saturday, 24 October 2009

American Style Hot Apple Cider in the UK

Pin It For any other Americans out there in the UK who are really missing their non-fizzy, non-alcoholic, hot and delicious mulled cider, I finally have a (reasonable) solution: Clive's Mulled Apple Juice, available at Waitrose.

It's basically cold apple cider, mulled with all the usual spices, meaning all you need to do is pour it into a mug and pop it into the microwave, then close your eyes and shut the double-glazed windows and set a small piece of wood on fire* and it's just like standing in the middle of a pumpkin patch on a brisk Fall day! Well, almost.

Anyway, I highly recommend Clive's. It made my Fall just that little bit more bearable over here. And if you're mad about cinnamon, like I am, you can always add a stick to pump up the spice factor.

*I am so not responsible for you setting your house on fire.

UPDATE!  I now have a recipe on the blog for making hot apple cider yourself!  It's better than Clive's, and super easy (and anyway I've had a hard time finding Clive's this year).  

2 comments:

  1. Wow, if only I had found this two years ago. I'm an ex-pat in London as well and was walking around trying to find something that hits the spot but was a bit hesitant about sticking apple juice in the microwave. Glad you tried experimenting with it first! This will be brilliant to come home to after those long autumn days...

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  2. Haha I wish you'd found it earlier too! For the record, while apple juice isn't the same as apple cider and won't have *exactly* the same effect, you can microwave it with a cinnamon stick and a few cloves for a pretty tasty almost-cider. Or you can mull it in a pot with all the usual spices and then just reheat as necessary. But Clive's is a pretty good substitute!

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