If you want to fill your home with the scent of Christmas this mulled cider recipe certainly will and also provides a delicious drink. Fruity with mellow notes of spices and very easily drank. It can be a welcoming change to the ubiquitous glass of mulled wine that is forced upon guest as they enter any Christmas party. I have nothing against mulled wine, in fact I do rather enjoy a glass.
If you require an alcohol free version swap the cider for apple juice and simply omit the sugar as the apple juice should be sweet enough.
Add the cider to large saucepan and place over a low heat.
Meanwhile, cut the clementines in half and using the flat of the blade of a knife press down on the cardmom pods. Add all the ingredients into the pan. Stir and allow to simmer for 5 - 10 minutes until warm and infused with the spices. Do not boil. ladle into heat proof glasses and enjoy.