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Classic Drinks for the British Winterby Reece Sadiq, Oct 2018
As the nights draw in, our after work and weekend tiple choices change from Pimms & Gin & Tonic’s to some winter warmers.
Here are some of our favourites to relax by the fire with this Winter:
Mulled Wine – This is a winter classic in which you can mix the ingredients to suit your own taste. But common favourites to accompany the red wine include orange juice, cinnamon, brown sugar, cloves and nutmeg. Bring to the boil to dissolve the sugar, then let the mulled wine cool for 15 minutes. For the wine, consider a fine British red from vineyards such as Bolney, Biddenden, Denbies or Three Choirs.
Luxury Hot Chocolate – Break a good quality chocolate bar into a bowl. Heat double cream and milk on the hob until nearly at a simmer. Do not allow the mix to boil. Pour milk and cream over the chocolate and stir until well combined. Serve with a gingerbread man. Feel warm and happy!
Hot Spiced Cider – Cider is a classic British summer drink but works well in winter too with an appropriate twist. Pour cider into a cooking pot then add brandy, cinnamon sticks, sugar syrup, grated nutmeg, plus apple slices studded with cloves. Bring to boil, then cool for 15 minutes.
Hot Spiced Apple Juice – A delicious non-alcoholic alternative to mulled cider, this is best with a quality apple juice. Simmer the juice for 5 minutes with strips of orange peel, cinnamon sticks and some cloves, then sweeten with honey to your taste.
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