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).  


  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...

  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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