The winter chill is still hitting hard this November and all I want is to be cuddled up and sipping something spicy and hot. Lucky for me, I have this fantastic mulled honeybush cider recipe to ward off the cold.
To generously serve four very cold individuals you will need:
- 4 tbsp Mightea fine loose leaf honeybush tea (or 1 tsp instant honeybush powder)
- 2 cups water for brewing
- 1 tbsp Fynbos honey
- Cinnamon sticks, aniseed and cloves (about three of each)
- A slice of lemon
- About four servings of cider (not from the fridge) or a good couple of shots whiskey
All you need to do is boil up your tea nice and strong with the spices in the pot. I use a good old camping stove top kettle, but a saucepan will do just fine. When it has been simmering for about 10 min and smells amazing you can strain your tea to remove any tea leaves and spices.
Pour the tea back into the rinsed kettle/pot and add the honey (depending on how sweet you like it). Simmer the tea with the lid off to reduce to about ½ of its volume (or just add a little extra instant honeybush powder if you’re feeling impatient).
Finally, add your cider (depending on how strong you like it) and allow it to heat up just enough before serving. The mixture will make a lovely foam at the top so be prepared!
If you’re really cold and could do with something stronger you can add a shot or two of whiskey instead of cider. It should warm you up pretty fast. Alternatively, you can store the tea reduction in the fridge for a couple of days without a problem. Simply add enough to your cider and heat it quickly on the stove to serve.
Pour into large mugs and garnish with a little slice of lemon. Now curl up by your imaginary fire to enjoy your super cool drink on a cold cold night.