Wonderful hot drinks are one of the best ways to boost your mood throughout the cold season, and I have a little Christmas weekend recipe for you. I love how simple it is to create something that tastes so wonderful, and is so easy to experiment with to vary the taste. Use different spices or fruits, liquor or anything else you can come up with. This drink is for example great with dark liquors as well as with vodka or gin, which I’m using. If you need a little break from all the mulled wine that Christmas offers and want something a little more elegant but with the same warm, spicy feel to it, this recipe is perfect. Pair gorgeous apple juice with tons of spices and wonderful citrus fruits with your favourite gin and you’re good to go. I absolutely love Bombay Sapphire, so that’s what I’m using in mine, but there are so many great brands out there so go explore!
To make four small or two big cups of this warm, delicious potion you’ll need
5dl good apple juice or cider (pure apple juice, no sugar added and preferably unfiltered)
2 cinnamon sticks
Seeds from half a vanilla pod
1 tablespoon brown sugar
4 cm ginger, sliced
1 orange, cut into thin slices
1 clementine, peeled
Juice from half a lemon (yes, I totally forgot to put the lemon in the picture, but that does not mean it’s not important. I’m sorry little lemon!)
Add as much or little gin as you'd like. I prefer about 2cl in the small cups or 4cl in the big one. Maybe even a little more on a particularly fun night!
Put the cinnamon sticks, cloves and brown sugar in a saucepan, remove the seeds from the vanilla pod, slice the ginger and oranges, juice the lemon and peel the clementine and finish the whole thing off with pouring in the gorgeous apple juice. Bring it to a boil (make sure to cover the saucepan with a lid). Allow it to boil for about 15 minutes before removing it from the heat. Keep the lid on, and let it rest for at least a couple of hours, preferably more.
If you are in a hurry, you can add a little more of the spices and the ginger to speed up the process a little (magic can happen in about an hour). If you taste this drink when it’s cold, it will feel like it has a lot less flavour and kick to it than it actually does, so don’t panic if it tastes a tiny bit bland. When it gets reheated all the flavours will blossom, and with the added gin it’s simply wonderful!
Sift the mixture to remove the spices, ginger and orange, and make sure to squeeze all the juice out of the orange and clementine. Add the gin and reheat in the portions you prefer! It should not come to a boil this time. Serve and enjoy!
When celebrating Christmas this year I’m going to bring wine for the sauce for Christmas Eve, and gin to make this little drink. My brother is studying in Canada this year and is not coming home for Christmas, which feels totally wrong and I’m really sad that I don’t get to see him. Luckily, my oldest and youngest brothers are home, but I will still miss Eirik. I hope that you are not too stressed with exams to enjoy Christmas a little too. Happy Weekend!