After a nice long break, with a brief sojourn to the winter wonderlands of Strasbourg and Heidelberg for Christmas, I am back! For someone very adverse to cold weather, I enjoyed both these towns very much. They were beautifully Christmassy, with their markets and hot street food, and despite the cold, I managed to enjoy a walk through up Heidelberg’s forest to Heiligenberg, the hill that overlooks the town. And German food was amazing – yes, carb heavy, but delicious and surprisingly healthy, except for those fried almondy ball, covered-in-sugar thingies. I came away with a big hankering for hot cocktails after trying white gluhwein (made with white wine) and apfelfluessiger – a delicious hot apple concoction.
So while the festive season might be over, it’s still cold enough to enjoy hot booze. This recipe can easily leave out the booze for little ones and ones adverse to alcohol. I’m pretty sure it’s medicinal, given the amount of fruit and spices and booze in it! Keep those bugs at bay the hot boozy way!
- 1 litre of good apple juice
- 1 bottle of apple cider
- 1 lemon
- 1 orange
- 1 apple
- 1 cinnamon stick
- 1 star anise
- 1/2 cup of maple syrup or dark brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon each of cloves & cardamom
- 1 shot of good rum or sherry per person
- 1. Pour the apple juice & cider into a saucepan and throw in the spices and the sugar / maple syrup.
- 2. Peel the peel off carefully from the lemon and orange, and slice and place the peel and the slices in the pan. Core and slice the apple and place in the pan too.
- 3. Bring the mixture to a slow gentle simmer, and simmer for 15 mins (or as long as you prefer - up to an hour).
- 4. Place a shot of the rum or sherry in each mug, and top with the hot apple booze. Serve hot!