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Mulled Cider

Cider is great when it’s cold; the perfect drink for a cosy night in, or out.

Mulled cider dates back to medieval times, when a hot mulled punch, often made with honey and herbs, was served in tankards or goblets or drunk from a communal bowl topped with slices of toasted bread.

We would recommend your own glass, without the soggy toast topping.

The Big Bear still cider is perfect for mulling.

1 litre still Big Bear Cider
200ml apple juice
Spices such as cloves, cinnamon, star anise or orange zest.
Big splash of Calvados or Pommeau (Optional, only if you have it)
50 - 75 grams brown sugar
Pour the cider into a large pan on a low heat and let it warm through for a few minutes. Add the spices and apple juice and turn the heat up. Once boiling, turn down to a simmer and leave to tick away for 5–8 minutes. Don’t boil for long as it will reduce the alcohol content. Add the splash of Calvados or Pommeau.
As everything infuses you’ll get delicious layers of flavour. Taste it and add sugar depending on how sweet you like it.
When you’re happy with the flavours, ladle into glasses or mugs and serve warm.
In the words of The Ciderologist Gabe Cook “Cider is for life – not just for Summer.”

Buy Locally Sourced

Craft cider makers share a common aim – a desire for a natural product that benefits the environment, involving locally grown produce with a clear provenance and low food miles. To have a close connection to the local environment and its traditions, and a preservation of something of the past amid our increasingly modernised lives.

And local produce tastes good. As a nation we’ve become used to getting oranges from California, asparagus from Peru. It’s genuinely unusual for people to experience a world class, locally sourced product. It’s time to change that.

So much of our food and drink is transported around the world, clocking up so-called 'food miles', that it has become a significant source of CO2 pollution, one of the gases that cause climate change. Even when produce is grown in the UK, the big supermarkets transport it around the country to be processed and packaged before it reaches the customer.

We grow amazing apples here in the UK, let’s celebrate that.

Buy Essex apples and drink Essex cider. Buy The Big Bear Cider. A taste of Essex.

Are Fruit Flavoured Ciders Actually Cider?

Real cider is made using 100% pure juice from fresh apples. The natural yeasts from the apples ferment causing the apples to produce CO2 and alcohol, the cider is then allowed to mature. That’s it.

For a drink to be called cider it must be made of at least 35 per cent apple juice, but the move toward flavoured or fruit cider – including strawberry and passion fruit – sees large commercial brewers using more flavourings and sugars and water to make up the other 65%.

Fruit ciders on average contain a third more calories than a traditional pint of cider, due mainly to the amount of added sugar.

If commercial cider makers had to list ingredients on the back of the bottle or can, the list would be long…

So, the big question is; are flavoured ciders, really cider?

You decide.

The Big Bear - 100% Apples 100% Essex

A Big Bear Thank You

We’d like to thank our supporters and all those of you who have pledged, for your support, enthusiasm during our campaign. We really appreciate your belief in The Big Bear.

Although our campaign didn’t make its’ target, we’ve learnt a lot, made great friends and contacts, and are determined to succeed and build a dynamic, sound, business.

We’d love to tell you ‘I told you so!’

We’ll be back, and see you for a pint very soon.

Thank you again.

The Big Bear Team