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Peach Sangria: A Toast for New Year!

What’s better than a home made Sangria recipe without the sickly sweet addition of soft drinks that are commonly used to make a home-made version of this drink sweet and bubbly? Raise your glass this New Year’s Eve with this fruity alcoholic beverage!

Simply combine the following ingredients (besides the soda water) in a pitcher and store in the fridge for four hours to chill. Before you serve, stir and add the soda water.

So, what do you need?

-Bottle of white wine

-Peach vodka (or a peach flavoured liqueur)

-Fresh peach juice

-Soda water

-Fresh peach and raspberry pieces

 

Ginger Sugar-Free Mulled Wine

Not feeling that Christmas themed cocktail? Fear not! Try this ginger infused version of mulled wine to give you that cosy, (alcoholic), Christmas feeling! What makes it even better? Not piling in that sugar of course! Instead, why not true and use natural sugars such as honey to sweeten up your mulled wine this year?

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Mulled wine inspiration: delicious mulled wine in ceramic mugs at the Chicago Christkindlmarket!

  1. Pour wine into large saucepan and cook over low heat.
  2. Add lemon and orange zest to the wine.
  3. Place the spices into an empty tea satchel. Put the satchel into the saucepan and brew the mixture for 30 minutes.
  4. Add sweetener of your choice to taste.
  5. Pour the wine through a strainer and serve in heatproof glasses. Garnish each glass with a sliced orange or cinnamon stick.
  1. Pour wine into large saucepan and cook over low heat.
  2. Add lemon and orange zest to the wine.
  3. Place the spices into an empty tea satchel. Put the satchel into the saucepan and brew the mixture for 30 minutes.
  4. Add sweetener of your choice to taste.
  5. Pour the wine through a strainer and serve in heatproof glasses. Garnish each glass with a sliced orange or cinnamon stick.

So, what do I need make this delicious beverage?

– 750ml bottle of red wine
– Honey to sweeten
– 5 whole cloves
– 2 (or 3) cinnamon sticks
– 2 cardamom pods
– 1 fresh piece of peeled, crushed ginger
– 2-3 oranges, sliced and zested
– 1 lemon, sliced and zested

How do I make this cup of goodness?

  1. Pour wine into large saucepan and boil over low heat.
  2. Add honey to sweeten. Keep simmering until it dissolves into the wine.
  3. Add lemon and orange zest to the wine.
  4. Add the cloves, cinnamon sticks, cardamom pods, and ginger to the saucepan.
  5. Taste; is it sweet enough? If not, add more honey.
  6. Add slices of fresh orange and lemon.
  7. Simmer until the wine becomes a delicious infusion of all of those delicious spices.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

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Apple Cinnamon Cake

As Christmas approaches what’s better than a delicious slice of home made cake with a cup of tea? What makes this recipe great; it’s a one pan recipe, which means it’s a piece of cake to prepare!

Ingredients

250g butter, cut into smaller pieces

3-4 green apples which have been peeled, cored and sliced thinly (ideally Granny Smith)

2 cups of caster sugar (440g)

2 eggs, lightly beaten

2 1/2 cups plain flour (375 g)

2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

3 teaspoons ground cinnamon

Method

1. Preheat oven to 180C.

2. Grease a round baking tin with butter/line with baking paper

3. Gently melt butter in a large saucepan. Once melted, remove from heat.

4. Stir in slices of apples (save a few slices for later), sugar, and eggs. Mix.

5. Stir in sieved flour, baking powder, bicarb of soda and cinnamon. Do not over stir! Batter should be thick but not too chunky.

7. Pour into baking tin and then arrange the remaining slices of apple on top.

8. Bake for 50 minutes. Check consistency by sliding in a sharp knife and checking if it’s clean. If not, bake for another 10 minutes, and so on.

9. Leave to cool and then eat! Optional: dust with icing sugar.

 

 

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