Christmas drinks

Throughout December, we’re posting tips, ideas, downloads and recipes on our Facebook page (our version of an advent calendar). Today we’ve got a couple of recipes for alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks from Heron Valley (who supply us with juices and cider) and one for sloe gin and orange from The Telegraph.

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2 ltrs heron valley cider – order from Riverford
2 bags mulling spices – order from Riverford
2 large cups sugar
½ lemon – order from Riverford

Warm the Heron Valley cider in a large pan with the mulling spice bags, some sugar to taste and half a lemon and allow to infuse for 10 minutes. 


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2 bottles heron valley sweet apple juice – order from Riverford
2 bags mulling spices – order from Riverford

Warm the Heron Valley organic sweet apple juice in a large pan with the 2 spice bags and allow to infuse for 10 minutes.  

For an alcoholic version of the above add a shot of rum, sloe gin or winter Pimms™ to the mulled apple juice

sloe gin & orange

This Angela Hartnett cocktail appeared in The Telegraph on 14th March 2007. You can order sloe gin from Riverford.

ice cubes
7fl oz/200ml sloe gin – order from Riverford
3½fl oz/100ml dry vermouth
1 pint 2fl oz/500ml blood orange juice, preferably fresh
2 limes – order from Riverford

Put a couple of handfuls of ice in the bottom of a large jug. Pour the sloe gin, vermouth, blood orange juice and the juice from one of the limes over them. Mix well. Put a few ice cubes in a cocktail glass and pour in the cocktail.

Order alcoholic or soft drinks from Riverford.

2 responses to “Christmas drinks

  1. I’ve been doing Winter Pimm’s with hot apple juice, I haven’t been using mulling spices because the Pimm’s is spiced enough. I find it’s better with the sharp apple juice though because the Pimm’s is very sweet. I’m going to try it with the apple and ginger this weekend though!

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