This traditional British drink is a great winter warmer for cool December evenings.
Serves 12 | Preparation time less than 30 minutes | Cooking time up to 1 hour
• 1 large orange
• 3 lemons
• 12 cloves
• 2 cinnamon sticks
• 2 satsumas or clementines
• 2 x 750ml bottles of red wine
• 1.2 litres of water
• 150g caster sugar
• Brandy, to taste (optional)
1. Gently peel the zest from the orange and lemons using a vegetable peeler. Squeeze out the juice and keep for later.
2. Stick the cloves into the satsumas.
3. Pour the water and wine into a large sauce pan. Add the juice and peel from the orange and lemons and put in the clove studded satsumas and cinnamon sticks into the mixture. Bring to the boil, then cover the pan with the lid, reduce the heat and simmer for around 1 hour. Gradually stir in the sugar during cooking until the mulled wine is sweetened to your own taste.
4. Strain the mulled wine, serve in warm cups and enjoy!
Egg nog with cherries-
This classic homemade tipple laced with brandy is sure to get you into the festive spirit.
Serves 4-6 | Preparation time less than 30 minutes | Cooking time less than 10 minutes
• 1140ml whole milk
• 6 free range eggs
• 50g caster sugar
• 1 vanilla pod
• 20 fresh cherries (stones removed and cut into halves)
• 200ml brandy
• Cocoa powder for decoration
1. Add the milk, eggs, sugar and vanilla pod in a medium pan and gently heat without bringing to the boil until the mixture thickens enough to coat the back of a spoon.
2. The egg nog can be chilled at this stage or enjoyed warm.
3. Scatter the cherries in the bottom of each serving glass. Divide the brandy between the glasses and pour the egg nog over. Sprinkle with cocoa powder and serve.
Sloe gin fizz
This easy to make Christmas champagne cocktail is perfect for celebrating the party season.
Serves 4 | Preparation time less than 10 minutes
• 100ml sloe gin
• 300ml chilled Champagne/Prosecco/Sparkling wine
1. Divide the sloe gin between each serving glass.
2. Top up with the bubbles, serve and enjoy!