Hello Winter And Hello Mulled Cider

During the chillier months, one of our favourite activities is waiting for the bed to warm up.

There’s nothing finer than cracking the ice on the duvet and slipping between the sheets…that’s the benefits of these tumbled down, Scottish farmhouses.

And for those who are enlightened to the joys of central heating but still looking for a warming pick-me-up, there’s mulled Thistly!

Put your own seasonal spin on things to make Thistly Cross your own

Equipped with a soup pan or your cider warmer, it’s now possible to create your very own aromatic mulled cider blends; perfect for celebrating dark evenings and open fires.

Simply add a few handfuls of fresh spice – from cinnamon to cardamom, crystallised ginger to cloves – to gently warmed Thistly and you can conjure your very own autumnal creations that are completely unique to you.

So whether you’re playing with boozy Whisky Cask, full bodied Original, fiery Ginger, non-alcoholic Elderflower or even straight apple juice, now’s the time to get blending.

‘Tis the season to get blending

If you’re a café, pub or restaurant and fancy giving mulled cider a bash, then you should get your mitts on some!

Here’s one of our favourite mulled cider blends to get you started:


  • 4 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 1 clementine, sliced into wedges, spiked with 8 cloves
  • 1 lemon, sliced into wedges, spiked with 8 cloves
  • 100ml/4fl oz whiskey
  • 100ml/4fl oz orange liqueur
  • 3 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 litre/1 pint 15¼fl oz Thistly Cross ginger cider
  • 4 cinnamon stick
  • freshly grated nutmeg, to garnish

Preparation method

  1. Heat all of the mulled cider ingredients over a low heat in your cider warmer.
  2. Pour the mulled cider into a glass or mug.
  3. Finish with a little freshly grated nutmeg.