Tom Kerridge's mulled cider recipe

The perfect tipple for Christmas

Tom Kerridge shares his recipe for a delicious mulled cider - perfect for Christmas


  • 2lt 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


In a muslin bag, tie up the peppercorns, cardamom, bay leaves, cinnamon and the star anise. Place the cider, sugar, muslin bag and split and scraped vanilla pod into a pan and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and leave to steep for 20 minutes. Add the orange zest and the dark rum. Remove from the heat and serve.

Tom Kerridge cooked this dish for HELLO! Online as part of his alternative Christmas dinner to celebrate the release of Free Birds on 29 November. The film, starring Owen Wilson,  Woody Harrelson and Amy Poehler, follows a flock of turkeys trying to get themselves off the menu in the run up to Christmas.

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