Persimmon Mulled Apple Cider

Use persimmons with spices and apple cider (or alcohol-free cider) to create the perfect festive drink. 


  • No apple cider? Use red wine instead. You can also use alcohol-free apple cider. 
  • No persimmons? Swap for oranges, clementines or satsumas. 
  • No mixed spices? Try with allspice instead. 

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 15 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes

Servings: 6


2 Persimmon

1 litre Apple cider (or alcohol free apple cider)

1 tsp Vanilla paste

2 Cinnamon Sticks

1 star anise

1 Clove

1 tsp Ground nutmeg 

1 tsp mixed spice

1 Bay leaf

90 g Caster sugar


  1. Thinly slice the persimmons and measure out all your ingredients. 
  2. Add the persimmons, sugar and spices to a large saucepan. Pour in about 250 ml apple cider. 
  3. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved, then bring to the boil until you've got a lovely thick syrup (this should take about 4-5 minutes). You don't want to do this with all the cider, as it'll burn the alcohol off.
  4. Once the mixture has turned syrupy, turn the heat down and add the rest of the cider. Simmer for 5 minutes and serve in heatproof glasses or mugs.
  5. Drink the warm mulled apple cider and snack on the persimmon slices. 
Mulled apple cider in heatproof mug

How to store

Let the persimmon mulled apple cider cool completely, then pour into an airtight container and store in the fridge for up to 3 days. To reheat, gently rewarm in a saucepan over low heat and serve.


The persimmon mulled apple cider is great in festive cocktail recipes too. Use it cold as a cocktail base. 

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