Merry Christmas Thistly lovers!

TCC lit glass dec14 xmas_edited-1 (blog)Christmas is nearly here so that means it’s mulling time! As well as introducing our own Thistly Mulled Cider in boxes for the first time, we’ve been overwhelmed by the inventiveness of some of our customers creating their own blends using lots of combinations of our cider and amazing ingredients. So we’re going with a simple recipe for the end of 2014 that allows you to create your very own bespoke mull – anything goes as long as it’s tasty!

USA mulling (Luke)Start with your choice of Thistly Cross Cider (we like around a litre for a small group of people) – if in doubt, our Real Ginger or Whisky Cask ciders make a spectacular base. Gently heat in a cider warmer or pan, and add your other ingredients. We’re loving a good dash of whisky… but rum or brandy are great additions too. Then introduce some other flavours with an orange and/or lemon studded with cloves, some spices like cardamom, ginger or warming cinnamon, and finally a good dollop of honey for added sweetness. You can also add a fruity element with cranberry or grape juice. And don’t feel left out if you’re seeking a non-alcoholic brew. Because apple juice or even our 0.5% Real Elderflower Cider make a lighter but just as good base for all your other flavours.

TCC lit glass (crop) dec14 xmas_edited-1Make sure your creation is heated through (without boiling) then strain and pour the mulled cider into a glass, cup or mug. Finish with some freshly grated nutmeg as a garnish, and if you’re feeling fancy, a fresh slice of lemon or orange. Then all you have to do is serve and enjoy!

We’re signing off for the festivities now, so Merry Thistlymas to all our fantastic customers, supporters and enthusiasts! We hope you’ll be settling down to some good food and drink on the 25th, and we’ll see you in 2015 for an exciting year ahead!