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Cocktails & Mocktails

christmas drinksThis is our last recipe post before Christmas from Bob and I here at Cookery Ideas and I thought we’d end our festive run with a cocktail and a mocktail! So dust down your cocktail glasses and shakers and treat yourself to a special Christmas drink this year.

Our first offering should certainly warm your cockles! It’s packed full of the flavours and smells of Christmas…

appleberry mulled wineAppleberry mulled wine – enough for 12 glasses

  • 2 x 75cl bottles red wine (such as Merlot; better quality wine makes all the difference)
  • 1l good-quality cloudy apple juice
  • 115g caster sugar
  • 1 long cinnamon stick, snapped in half
  • 2 star anise
  • 3 tbsp orange Curaçao or Cointreau
  • a handful or so (about 100g/4oz) frozen mulled fruit or fruits of the forest or Black Forest fruits
  • 3 small red-skinned apples, sliced into rings
  1. Pour the wine and apple juice into a large saucepan and add the sugar, cinnamon stick and star anise. Heat gently, stirring once or twice, until the sugar has dissolved, then continue heating gently for another 15 minutes.
  2. Just before serving, swirl in the Curaçao or Cointreau, throw in the frozen fruits and add the apple slices.

And now for our Mocktail for those who want something non-alcoholic. This comes from the lovely James Martin.

orange and cranberry spritzOrange & Cranberry Spritz – serves 4

  • 500ml smooth orange juice
  • 500ml smooth cranberry juice
  • 400ml sparkling elderflower drink

Mix together orange juice and cranberry juice in a large jug. Slowly pour in the sparkling elderflower drink, as it will fizz up. Mix together and serve in tall glasses with ice.

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