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On The Third Day Of Christmas…

Friday 05 December 2014

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You make a cocktail. A stiff one at that because let’s face it, all that shopping, all that baking, all those social events (with people you’re not fussed for), the office party which will always end in debauchery, the constant dodging of lips lunging towards you under a mistletoe that just come out of no where! I mean, the emotional roller coaster of it all is exhausting – the John Lewis ad, (how many kids do you reckon will request a penguin this year?) the family reunions, the sad stories which gain ‘sadness.’ Christmas magnifies all emotions and sometimes you just need to take the edge off. After all it is a monthly takeover and you just have to ride it out.

So, here is a little recipe for a nice, warm alcoholic beverage. The recipe serves 6 but no one will know, or judge, if you take it on solo. Especially if your weird Uncle is coming round for dinner.

Preparation: Simple! Heat ingredients in a pan.  Simmer for 20 minutes and serve with satsuma slices and a stick of cinnamon to garnish.


Ingredients (for 6 people):

  • 150ml Hendrick’s Gin
  • 1 litre of good quality hoppy ale
  • 200ml cloudy apple juice
  • 5 slices of satsuma
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 90g sugar
  • 2 cloves
  • 1 dessert spoon honey
  • 2 large splashes of Angostura Bitters
  • 1 whole star anise