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      Recipes — Drinks

      Mulled Wine

      Mulled Wine

       Recipe by Rachael Sommerville

      Mulled Wine

      By first making a spiced, wine syrup, you avoid cooking off all the alcohol in your wine. Because we wouldn't want that, especially at Christmas time! As an added bonus, this will fill your home with the most festive of aromas.

      INGREDIENTS:

      • 80g granulated sugar
      • 1 bottle medium to full bodied red wine
      • 8 whole cloves
      • 4 cardamom pods, bruised with the side of a knife
      • 1 cinnamon stick, or a pinch of ground
      • Splash of vanilla extract
      • 2 star anise
      • 2 clementines
      • 50ml of kirsch

      METHOD:

      1. Put the sugar into a large, heavy based pan. Add the spices and just enough wine to cove the sugar. Heat on low until the sugar has dissolved and then boil until the mixture turns into a syrup.

      2. Slice the clementines and add to the pan. Pour in the kirsch and the rest of the wine and gently warm through.

      3. Garnish with extra slices of clementine and serve!

      Seabuckthorn Margarita

      Seabuckthorn Margarita

      Recipe by Laura Ruth Smith

      Seabuckthorn Margarita

      With its citrussy-sour flavour, seabuckthorn lends itself particularly well to a refreshing margarita!

      Makes one (scale up for more)

      INGREDIENTS:

      Garnishes: Maldon sea salt, lime wedges

      METHOD:

      1. Put all the ingredients in a cocktail shaker with lots of ice. Give it a good hard shake for about 30 seconds. The outside of the shaker should be frosty!

      2. Run a lime wedge around the outside of the rim of our glass, then roll the rim in the sea salt.

      3. Double strain the mix into the glass and enjoy.

      Tip: Alternatively, use sugar on the rim of the glass for a sweeter version, just like Haribo!

      Spiced Elderberry Gin

      Spiced Elderberry Gin

       Recipe by Laura Ruth Smith

      Spiced Elderberry Gin

      A beautiful autumnal gin made with wild elderberries - found in abundance at this time of year. Once it's ready, it makes a lovely personalised gift when decanted into bottles.

      Top it up with champagne and you have a fabulous winter cocktail!

      Makes approximately 1 litre and keeps for several months.

      INGREDIENTS:

      • 500g elderberries (remove all stalks, leaves and green berries)
      • 1 litre gin (London dry is best, or one that isn’t heavy in botanics)
      • 2/3 cloves
      • 1 cinnamon stick
      • 100g sugar
      • lemon or orange peel

       

      METHOD:

      1. Put all dry ingredients into a large, sterilised sealable jar.

      2. Pour over the gin, seal the jar and give it a good shake.

      3. Store in a cool dark place for 2 months, giving it a shake around once a week.

      4. Once infused, strain through a muslin cloth (or coffee filters work just as well) and decant into sterilised bottles.

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