Hot Spiced Apple Punch for Bonfire Night

Remember, remember the fifth of November. Gunpowder, treason and plot.

It’s bonfire night on Monday!! It’s one of my favourite days of the year, but sadly I won’t be in England to celebrate and watch all the fireworks. However, I can share a warming recipe for those who’ll be standing out in the cold lighting the bonfires and watching the displays over the weekend and on Monday night.

Lots of people will be having bonfire or firework viewing parties, and this is the perfect warming punch to serve. It takes advantage of apple season in the UK (grab your juice from a local farm shop for some delicious varieties) and combines it with the flavours of the winter season ahead. Think mulled wine but with juice!

It’s perfect for all ages to drink and can be enjoyed in the comfort of your home, a party, or popped into a flask for your trip out to the display to keep you toasty. Plus, its super easy to make! If you wanted to add a shot of your favourite tipple into the bottom of each adult’s mug before serving, I certainly won’t judge. Anything to keep the cold away!

Are you heading out to a firework display this year?


INGREDIENTS

Makes 3-4 glasses or mugs (depending on size)

1 litre of apple juice – unsweetened/cloudy (sweetened apple juice gets a little too sickly)

2 oranges – one whole and the other for peel (you could also use clementines or mandarins)

6 cloves

2 cinnamon sticks

optional: 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon mixed with some granulated sugar (for decoration)

optional: chopped apple to float inside the mugs


METHOD

1. Pour the juice into a pan and add the cinnamon sticks and a few strips of peel from the first orange. Spike the cloves into the second orange and put inside the pan (make sure the cloves are in a position to be submerged into the juice).

2. Put the pan on the heat and bring to a boil. Immediately reduce the heat and leave to simmer for 30 minutes.

3. If you want, you can decorate your glasses or mugs with a rim of cinnamon sugar to be extra festive for your party. Pop some golden granulated sugar mixed with a little ground cinnamon on a small saucer. Using the orange that you only took the peel from, cut a segment out and run the cut side around the rims of your glasses. Turn your mugs over and dip the rims into the cinnamon sugar (much like with salt on a margarita glass). Voila!

4. Turn the heat off the infused juice and carefully remove the orange with cloves, the cinnamon and the peel using a spoon.

5. Pour the spiced juice into the waiting glasses (or into a flask if you’re heading out).

6. You can now pop in some sliced apple for decoration or perhaps use some of the orange peel from the infusion!

7. Enjoy the fireworks!


And to finish.....

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