Sweet, ruby-red sloe gin makes a delicious alternative to wine when it comes to our favourite hot cocktail to sip during the colder months!
The process and recipe are almost exactly the same as for the traditional mulled wine recipe: simply pop a few of your favourite festive spices (try to use whole ones, rather than ground), add some apple and orange juice (try to use freshly squeezed orange juice - the flavour of carton juice is a bit overpowering), a little cranberry jelly for added tart, sweet flavours and then just warm it all gently in a pan for a minute or two.
Add your sloe gin - after heating, unless you want to boil off some of the alcohol - and voila! In less than five minutes you’ll have an absolutely gorgeous drink that is guaranteed to warm your cockles and put a smile on your face, however cold, dark and rainy it is outside!
Mulled Sloe Gin
50ml sloe gin
150ml apple juice
50-100ml freshly squeezed orange juice, to taste
1 tsp cranberry jelly (optional)
Any additional festive spices of your choice: try star anise, cloves or cardamom pods
Orange slices and/or fresh cranberries, to garnish
Add the juices, jelly and spices to a pan, then heat gently - stirring occasionally - for a few minutes, until the jelly has dissolved. Remove from the heat, strain into your drinking glass, then top up with sloe gin. Garnish with a slice of orange and/or a few fresh cranberries; you can also pop a fresh star anise or cinnamon stick in, for added flavour.
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