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  • Winter Warmers: Delicious Mulled Drinks

    Perfect for winter gatherings, or as a warming accompaniment for a night by the fire.
    Mulled Cider

    An interesting take on the traditional mulled drink. Don’t be afraid to have a play with the recipe; use good quality cider (we recommend Old Rosie) and add the rum or bourbon to taste for extra warmth.

    I N G R E D I E N T S

    3 litres (5 pints) good-quality cloudy cider
    juice of 3 lemons
    juice of 3 oranges
    1 tbsp orange zest
    ½ tbsp lemon zest
    1 tbsp sugar
    6 cloves
    1 cinnamon stick
    1 knob of butter
    aged rum or bourbon, to taste

    M E T H O D

    Put all the ingredients except the spirits and the butter in a large saucepan. Simmer gently for 30 minutes - do not boil.

    Taste; it might need some more sugar.

    Leave to infuse for as long as you can. Gently reheat.

    Add the butter, and some bourbon or rum if you want to give it some fire.

    Mulled Wine

    A fun, convivial drink that is great for catering for lots of people. When choosing the wine, don't use anything you wouldn't drink on it's own, avoid overly sweet or oaky notes and keep some rum or brandy on hand to perk it up after guests arrive.

    I N G R E D I E N T S

    4 bottles of Garnacha or similar
    2 cinnamon stick
    3 star anise
    2 large pieces of lemon peel (skin only, no pith)
    2 large pieces of orange peel (ditto)
    5 cloves
    8 tbsp sugar
    grating of nutmeg

    M E T H O D

    Cook all ingredients on a low heat for 15 minutes – do not boil.

    Take off the heat and leave to infuse.

    Reheat when your guests come over.

    Taste; it might need more sugar. If it’s too sweet, add some lemon juice and if it starts to taste bitter, fish out the spices.

    Recipes from The Home Bar by Henry Jeffreys, out now.