Keep this delicious aperitif in the freezer for a refreshing - and surprising - Christmas drink.
300g/10½oz mixed dried fruit (sultanas, currants, raisins)
75g/3oz caster sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
2 tsp ground mixed spice
½ whole nutmeg, finely grated
1 orange, zest only, finely grated
1 unwaxed lemon, zest only, finely grated
750ml/1 pint 5fl oz bottle good quality vodka
Mix the dried fruit with the sugar, cinnamon sticks, mixed spice, cloves, grated nutmeg and citrus zest in a large bowl.
Pour over the vodka, and cover tightly with cling film.
Place in the fridge and leave for 3 days, stirring once each day.
Line a sieve with a double layer of fine muslin and place over a large, clean jug.
Pour the dried fruit and vodka mixture into the sieve and allow to drip through into the jug.
Pour into a sterilized bottle.
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