Serving the Perfect Christmas Beverage
Whether you are hosting a family gathering or a small Christmas dinner for two, the holiday season is the perfect time for a special beverage. Great for drinking while cooking your meal or taking in a thermos on your Christmas walk, here are a few ideas on beverages that will have you feeling festive throughout the season.
A Christmas classic, mulled wine is a warming drink full of seasonal spices and flavours. Extremely easy to make, this is a great beverage for a group.
Serves 4 people
1 litre of red wine
4 tablespoons of sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 Bay leaves
Half of a whole nutmeg (grated)
2 star anise
1 orange or 2 clementines
The first step is to peel the orange and stick the cloves into the fruit whilst saving the skin for use. Heat a saucepan over medium heat and combine your wine, cinnamon, orange/cloves, orange rind, bay leaves, grated nutmeg, star anise and sugar. Give it a gentle stir until the sugar has completely dissolved, then set the pan on a low heat for around 20 minutes. Once the time is up, pour into one of your favourite mugs to serve. For a non-alcoholic option, substitute the wine with apple juice for a delicious drink that someone of any age can indulge in.
Cranberry Spice Mocktail
A great drink for children or a designated driver, this refreshing and delicious non-alcoholic cocktail fits right in to the festive season.
60ml cranberry juice
60ml apple juice
Muddle the cranberries and orange wedge in the cranberry juice, then pour in the rest of the ingredients and stir with a spoon. Once you are done stirring, top up with sparkling water and garnish with a cranberry and slice of orange.