A few simple drink recipes to get you set up for a brilliant Bonfire night!
1. Mulled Wine
1 bottle red wine
60g/2oz demerara sugar
1 cinnamon stick
1 orange, halved
1 dried bay leaf
A splash of sloe gin or brandy (optional)
Star Anise (Optional)
Put the wine in a saucepan with the orange, sugar, bayleaf and the spices. Heat gently until the sugar has dissolved. Taste to see if you want the wine sweeter, and add more sugar to taste. Off the heat, stir in the sloe gin or brandy if you are using it. Strain into heatproof glasses, garnish with star anise and serve at once.
Our Red Wine Choice: Rio Lento Cabernet Sauvignon 2014 – £5.95
2. Hot Buttered Rum
1 small slice soft butter
1 tsp brown sugar
Optional spices to taste: ground nutmeg, allspice
2 ounces rum (or as much as you feel like)
Place the butter, sugar and spices at the bottom of an Irish coffee glass or mug. Mix well and then pour in the rum and hot water. Stir thoroughly, garnish with a cinnamon stick and serve straight away.
Our Rum Choice: Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum – £20.50
3. Hot Toddy
1 1/2 ounces whisky (or to taste)
1 Tablespoon honey
A squeeze of lemon
1 cup hot water
1 tea bag
Heat up some water, and once warm, add a tea bag and allow to steep for about 3-5 minutes. While brewing the tea prepare your mug or an Irish coffee glass by first filling it with warm water. Once the glass is warm, throw away the water and coat the bottom with honey. Add the Whisky and squeeze in some lemon juice. When the tea is ready, pour it into the prepared glass and stir. Garnish with a slice of lemon and serve.
Our Whisky Choice: Kilbeggan Irish Whiskey
Champagne or Sparkling Wine
The easiest recipe yet, simply add a splash of Sloe Gin to the bottom of a flute glass and then top up with your favourite Sparkling wine. Just make sure the fizz is nicely chilled first! Garnish with a slice of lemon.
Our Sloe Gin Choice: Warner Edwards Harrington Sloe Gin – £29.95
Our Fizz Choice: Champagne Baron de Beaupre NV Brut