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06/12/15

Booze-free Christmas cocktail

Cocktail

  • Water 500ml

  • Grated ginger 1 tablespoon

  • Turmeric powder ¼ teaspoon

  • Cinnamon powder ¼ teaspoon

  • Cinnamon sticks 2-3, broken

  • Lime Juice of 1½

  • Honey 2-3 tablespoons

  • Oranges 1-2

Optional Extras

  • Cloves 2-3

  • Star anises 2-3

  • Mint leaves 2-3

  • Cranberries handful

Method

Place all the ingredients in a medium pan except for the ginger, squeezing the oranges and limes into the mixture. You can also scrape and add the juicy pulp of the orange and lime using a knife. Squeeze the grated ginger between the fingers to extract the juice straight into the pan. If you don’t mind chewing the ginger in the drink, then add the grated ginger rather than extracting the juice. Boil together for a few minutes until hot, taste and add more honey if required. Pour into a teapot or cups. You can serve this hot or cold. Garnish with a few mint leaves and cranberries if you like.

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It’s that time of year when you can’t help but treat yourself to mulled wine, sweet puddings and hot chocolate. Here’s a festive tipple that doesn’t need the alcohol yet tastes of all those Christmassy things and is the perfect alternative to mulled wine. It’s full of taste and texture, fragrant spices, juicy chewy bits of lime and orange and of course, brimming with goodness!

Makes 4 cups

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