Any excuse to mull things and create a warm, spiced, yummy
We heard someone on radio 4 a few days ago talking about mulling syrup, as an easier way to mull things without
I don't actually mind the tannin taste, but I did think that having something sweet and spiced ready to just add a slug to a mug of warmed cider or red wine - or even apple juice for the kids - sounded like an idea I could get behind.
So we made some. And by we I mean I watched my husband do it.
I googled around for some recipes and showed them to my husband, and he said he could do better - so I trusted it to him, and he performed magic.
And so that nobody has to miss out, here is that magic. This recipe makes loads - enough to share with friends and family, or just really go mulling wild this Christmas.
Ingredients; (shove this all right into a pan as you read it)
350ml apple juice
350ml orange juice
1 large orange, sliced
1 large apple, sliced
500g sugar (we used granulated; I think swapping some for brown sugar would add another nice undertone to this)
around 20 cloves
2-3 cinnamon sticks
1 nutmeg; grate half into the pan, then lob in the other half as is.
5 cardamom pods
A generous pinch of ground all spice
1 inch of ginger root, peeled and sliced
1 star anise
10 coriander seeds
Bring all this slowly to a nice heavy simmer and make sure the sugar has all dissolved, then turn it down to a gentle simmer and leave it there for around half an hour.
Let it cool a wee bit (because it is hotter than the SUN) then strain it (we sieved ours - you could strain it through a muslin to get it even clearer, but we liked the bits of fruit and spice still floating in it - you just want the lumpy bits out!) then decant into sterile jars/bottles to either stash in your own fridge or give as gifts.
This should do pretty well for a couple of weeks in your fridge. I laugh as I type that, because as if it's going to last and not just be guzzled. Also nice on pancakes. Yep. I went there.
As an added bonus, lay the fruit slices and ginger slices out on an oven tray to dry out - bonus candied fruit with a lovely spiced flavour for use in baking.
I have no idea when I turned into this person.
But I like it.
I've also wrapped all the presents, so will be spending my weekend boozing. Yes I will. Mmmmmmmmmulling.