For nights stood around a bonfire, can there be a better drink to keep you warm inside? An initial appley, fruitiness is closely followed a sweetness of honey, and finished off with the warmth of the spices. Heaven in a glass, and referred to round here as Bonfire Juice.
If you need to make a family friendly version, use a good quality apple juice instead, just cut back on the honey as it will probably need less sweetening than the scrumpy.
When you knock yours together, don’t be shy about leaving bits out, or adding other flavours in. For example, cloves are traditionally used in mulled wines and ciders, but ever since I got one stuck in my tooth after picking at a home reared ham, I cannot abide the smell, let alone the taste.
Try adding mixed spice, nutmeg, allspice, bay leaves or cardamom. Or perhaps throw in a tot of calvados or rum for an extra kick. Play around with this basic recipe to create your own brand of bonfire juice. And please, let us know your winning mix!
Hot Mulled Scrumpy Cider
1 litre farmhouse scrumpy cider (use a flat, dry cider if you can’t find scrumpy)
1 cinnamon stick, snapped in half
1” piece of fresh ginger, sliced into 4
1 orange, thickly sliced
1 lemon, thickly sliced
1-3 tbsp of honey or sugar, depending on taste
Pop everything in a saucepan and gently heat. Do not let this boil unless you are driving, pregnant or under 18. A long, slow warm will extract all the flavours without burning off any of the alcohol.
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