When you're feeling a little under the weather, there's nothing better than mulled apple juice to give you a boost. It's a fruity, spicy, nourishing, warming kick that's like getting hugged from the inside. You will need:
- Apple juice
- A lemon and/or an orange (or other citrus fruit of your choice), preferably unwaxed
- Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, mace, other wintry Christmassy spices lurking in your cupboard
Stick some apple juice in a pan. Could be litres, could be one mug's worth. Add in some slices of (washed) citrus fruit, a dollop of honey and a generous sprinkling of spices. Warm through for half an hour or more.
I usually dilute this a little as the flavours can become very concentrated but it's just lovely if you have a cough/cold, or as an alcohol-free alternative to mulled wine at Christmas.
Warning: If making more than you will drink in one sitting, store in the fridge and drink within 2-3 days. It starts fermenting really quickly, and goes all bitter, tangy and slightly fizzy. Deeply unpleasant. To be avoided. Drink it fresh and hot!