Festive Drinks

Mulled Wine Recipes
Nothing quite says Christmas like mulled wine – albeit a marmite drink, you either love it or hate it! There are so many mulled wine recipes out there that we thought we’d put our favs here for you to try.

Jamies Mulled Wine Recipe

We especially like the sound of Jamies Mulled wine recipe although it may be slightly more expensive than others (vanilla pods and star anise can cost around a fiver) but I reckon it’s so worth it!
Ingredients include:
2 clementines
Peel of 1 lemon
Peel of 1 lime
250g caster sugar
6 whole cloves
1 cinnamon stick
3 fresh bay leaves
1 whole nutmeg
1 whole vanilla pod, halved
2 star anise
2 bottles of Chianti, or other Italian red wine
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Martha Stewarts Mulled Wine with Brandy

Fancy something with a bit of bite? Then Martha Stewarts Mulled Wine with Brandy is for you!
Ingredients include:
1 bottle (750 mL) light-bodied red wine (such as Beaujolais)
3 ounces brandy
1/2 cup sugar
6 whole cloves
4 strips lemon zest (3 inches each)
2 cinnamon sticks
2 star anise
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Non Alcoholic Mulled ‘Wine’

And for the wonderful designated drivers, pregnant ladies, kids and non alchohol drinking peeps, a warm spicy recipe to get you in the festive spirit!
Ingredients include:
1 litre orange juice
1 litre cranberry juice
2-3 cinnamon sticks
5-6 cloves
7-8 all spice berries
Slices of orange to serve (optional)
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That Christmas drink that we have all seen on so many American sitcoms is becoming popular on this side of the water too. Here are two Eggnog recipes to try:

Alcoholic Eggnog

This recipe brings to mind one of my favourite cocktails – Brandy Alexander which I first had in New York in the 1990’s. I am definitely giving this a go this Christmas!

6 eggs
2 extra egg yolks
4 cups whole milk
3/4 cup heavy cream
1/2 cup plus 2 Tablespoons of sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 Tablespoon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon grated nutmeg
1 cup bourbon
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Non Alcoholic Eggnog:

12 medium egg yolks
11/2 cups (one and a half cups) or 320 g white granulated sugar
4 cups or 1 liter of 4% or full fat milk
2 cups or 500 ml heavy cream (31% fat or higher)
1 tsp ground nutmeg, or adjust to taste
1 tsp good quality vanilla extract
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