Summer is a popular time for cider consumption, but this winter, Hawke’s Bay-based Zeffer Cider Co decided to get creative with their cider over the chillier months. Head cidermaker Jody Scott was curious to find out how their famous Apple Crumble Cider would fare warmed up as a mulled cider offering; the result? Very delicious. “Our Apple Crumble Cider is made from freshly crushed apples and we use cinnamon, vanilla and blackberry leaves to craft this cider, which makes it a very easy (and tasty) base for a mulled winter cider,” he says. Scott’s fail-proof recipe, using a slow cooker, is a sure-fire winner for winter entertaining.
Fill a slow cooker or pot with Zeffer’s Apple Crumble Cider, add sugar (optional), sliced orange, cinnamon and star anise. Cover the pot or slow cooker and heat until the flavours meld. If using the slow cooker, leave for 2-3 hours on low or warm.
Serve in a glass or mug and garnish with additional orange slices and cinnamon stick.
2 litres Zeffer Apple Crumble Cider
10 grams brown sugar (optional)
1 orange, sliced into rounds
2 star anise
2 cinnamon sticks