Dr Doolittle and I went for dinner with two dear friends last night (The Hot Stove was amazing). Ruth had spent the afternoon making mulled apple juice. I’d never heard of it! It seems like a great alternative to mulled wine. So, this morning I’ve had a quick look and here’s a recipe The National Trust website….
1.5 litres apple juice
4 tablespoons caster sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
6 whole cloves
6 whole allspice berries
Peel of an orange – cut into strips
Peel of a lemon – cut into strips
5cm piece of fresh ginger
Pour the apple juice and sugar into a large stainless steel saucepan.
Place the cinnamon sticks, cloves, allspice berries, ginger, orange peel and lemon peel into a muslin bag. Secure with kitchen string then drop the spice bag into the juice mixture.
Place the saucepan over a medium heat for between five and ten minutes or until the mixture is very hot but not boiling.
Remove from the heat and discard the spice bag. Ladle the juice into big cups or mugs, adding a fresh cinnamon stick to each cup.
I’m off out to buy apple juice!