I’m a big tea-drinker in winter (and that’s a massive understatement), but the fact that Northern England is refusing to warm up even in the run-up to summer has left me clutching my kettle well into spring. I made this for a little change from my usual cuppa and loved the combination of the cinnamon and cloves – these spices are synonymous with cosy winter nights, and paired with the fruity apple flavour they make for a delicious hot drink. It’s so easy that it doesn’t really qualify as a recipe, but here’s how I made it:
100ml fresh apple juice (ideally make your own, but if not then try to use cold pressed juice that’s as fresh as possible)
2 cinnamon sticks
1/2 heaped tsp cloves
- Place the juice in a small saucepan on a low heat and stir occasionally whilst it warms through. You don’t want it to get so warm that it bubbles though, so if this happens turn the heat down slightly.
- Meanwhile, boil the water. Let this stand for a minute after boiling, then add this to a large mug or flask and pour in the warmed juice.
- Add the cinnamon sticks and cloves and leave to infuse for around 5 minutes before drinking, ideally sat under a warm blanket on a chilly evening or in front of a fireplace if it’s winter in your part of the world.