Christmas punch recipe

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serves:

6 - 8

Skill:

easy

Prep:

5 min

Cooking:

15 min

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This warming punch is sure to get everyone in the festive spirit! Made with red wine gently simmered with brown sugar, cinnamon, cloves and a good slug of brandy it’s the perfect drink to welcome guests on a chilly evening. Prepare everything in advance and only start heating the punch a short while before serving, making sure that it doesn’t boil. Ladle into heatproof glasses straight from the pan or strain into a heatproof jug to serve.

Ingredients

  • 1 small orange
  • 6 cloves
  • 1 bottle red wine
  • 55g light soft brown sugar
  • Few strips pared lemon rind
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, plus extra to serve
  • ½tsp finely grated nutmeg
  • 75ml brandy

Method

  • To begin making your Christmas cocktail stud the orange with the cloves and then cut it in half. Place the studded orange halves in a large pan with the wine, sugar, lemon rind, cinnamon and nutmeg. Stir in 200ml water.

  • Heat gently, stirring occasionally until the sugar has dissolved. Simmer gently for 10 mins then stir in the brandy. Serve in heatproof glasses with a cinnamon stick.

Top tip for making Christmas punch

For a non-alcoholic punch replace the red wine with cranberry juice and add 250ml orange juice instead of the water and brandy.

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