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Winter Drinks 15 Dec 2009
Mulled Wine - image courtesy of Will Mitchell on Flickr
What to drink during the festive season.

It’s party time, it’s winter and it’s cold! So what are the best drinks at this time of year? Victoria Moore, wine writer for the Guardian and author of How To Drink, will be tempting Jane with a range of drinks. There are of course the alcoholic ones - mulled wine, whisky sours and wine to go with the turkey - Victoria has all sorts of suggestions. But she’ll also be discussing non-alcoholic drinks - pomegranate juice, ginger cordial, fresh lime and don’t forget the hot chocolate.

How To Drink by Victoria Moore is published by Granta publications ISBN 978 1 84708 020 2
1. Lime and Ginger Fizz

Mix together in a jug....

The juice of one lime (30 ml)
100 ml ginger beer
100 ml fizzy water
and ice.

2. Hot chocolate (with chilli)

This comforting drink is very easy to make. Chilli is not a modern addition - the Mayans used to add it to their chocolate. Use a red rather than a grassy-tasting green chilli and it will give a subtle, enlivening sting to the aftertaste of the hot chocolate.

Half a red chilli, optional
200ml semi-skimmed milk
30-40g plain or milk chocolate (whichever you prefer to eat usually works best)

Seed and vein the chilli and put it in a pan with the milk. Heat slowly to allow the chilli to infuse. Break the chocolate into small pieces and once the milk is hot, add them to the drink. Stir until melted, and pour into a mug leaving the chilli behind in the pan.

3. Applebuie
A spicy, warm drink that's good on days when you've been out walking, or have a kitchen full of friends who want to chat as you cook. It's something to drink that feels festive but isn't too alcoholic. Drambuie is a whisky-based liqueur that's made with spices and honey. It's pretty pungent so you don't need too much of it to create an impact.

100ml apple juice
100ml hot water
30ml Drambuie
1 cinnamon stick

Heat the apple juice in either a microwave or small pan. If making this in larger quantities put the cinnamon stick - you'll still only need one, even if it's for five or six people - in the pan too. Then pour the apple juice, hot water and Drambuie into a glass, give it a stir with a cinnamon stick and it's ready to drink.
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