Recipe: A duo of warming Christmas drinks

Sam Purnell shares his favourite two drinks to enjoy this festive season

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This weekend, my co-editor Emily and I decided to try and make some traditional Christmas drinks. After a hectic few hours running around Sainsbury’s for ingredients and shouting at each other across a kitchen, we have distilled two great and easy drink recipes for you to enjoy this Christmas period. Remember, half the fun in these recipes is tasting them as you go.

The first recipe is Jaegertee, a warm alcoholic drink coming from Central Europe that will help keep you warm and merry over Christmas.

Ingredients:

  1. 200ml of red wine
  2. 200ml of fresh orange juice
  3. 200ml of tea
  4. 200ml of spiced rum
  5. 200ml of any liqueur to hand, we would recommend plum brandy or schnapps (optional)
  6. 3 whole cloves
  7. ¼ of cinnamon stick
  8. 2 lemon slices
  9. Sugar

This should produce around 5 glasses of Jaegertee.

Method:

1 – Measure out the orange juice, wine, rum and brandy and put these into a pan

2 – Brew the tea and then add it to the pan, best done when still hot

3 – Add the spices and lemon to the pan

4 – Let this come to a gentle simmer on medium heat and leave for about 5 minutes

5 – Remove this from the heat and sieve away the spices and lemon

6 – We would then recommend that you add sugar to sweeten the drink, but this is optional

7 – Drink

 

The second recipe is for a much-loved Christmas classic, mulled wine.

Ingredients:

  1. 1 bottle red wine
  2. 1 stick of cinnamon
  3. 1 star anise
  4. 1 tsp ground nutmeg
  5. 60g Demerara sugar
  6. 1 orange, halved

Method:

1 – Put the wine into a pan and then add the orange, sugar and other spices

2 – Bring this to a gentle heat and stir until all the sugar has dissolved. Mull for around 5-10 minutes

3 – Taste it along the way to see if you want it sweeter and if so, add more sugar to taste

4 – Remove this from the heat and strain it

5 – Serve and drink at once

Enjoy and drink responsibly this Christmas season!


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