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Mulled Wine

A real winter warmer and great at Christmas time

  • 2 Bottles of Red Wine
  • 1 J-cloth or muslin and string to tie it
  • 3 or more Cardamon pods
  • 2 or more cloves
  • 2 star Anis
  • 1 Cinnamon Stick
  • 1 sprig on Lemon Grass (pressed flat to release oil and flavour and cut into small pieces)
  • Zest of 1 Orange
  • 1 wedge of orange
  • 1 tablespoon Demerara Sugar (or dark Cane Sugar)
  • 3 stem ginger with 1 tablespoon of the syrup (finely chopped)
  1. Heat the wine (never bring to the boil)
  2. Make a pouch with the J-cloth and place in the cardamon pods, cloves, star Anis, cinnamon and lemon grass and tie closed
  3. Add pouch and remaining ingredients and heat until hot and keep hot until serving.
  4. Serve in glass mugs with a fresh slice of orange
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Elderflower Champagne

Elderflower champagne – They flower from the start of June

  • 3-5 large heads of elderflowers*
  • 1lb sugar
  • 1 gallon of water (cold)
  • 1 lemon
  • 1 tbs white vinegar

*flowers rather than stalks which can taste bitter

  • Put lemon juice and all other ingredients into a bucket
  • Leave for 24 hours.
  • Strain & bottle.
  • Drink after 2 weeks.

 

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