Warming Winter Juice

image_5 So with just over 2 weeks to go until Christmas, I am well into my festivities - my shopping is done, the tree is decorated and our Christmas day feast has been planned. All that is left is a few Christmas markets and a whole lot of wrapping! One of the things I used to love to get me feeling Christmassy was mulled wine or cider. It took me a few years to come round to the taste of mulled wine but this year I feel like I am missing out on the warming combination of spices and sweetness! I wanted to find a healthy version of an old tradition that had the same winter warmth. Not only is it alcohol-free but it is filled with vitamin c from the apple and orange, as well flu-fighting properties from the cinnamon, making it the perfect winter drink!

I know that 'mulled' drinks aren't for everyone so with this recipe I thought I would make a simple juice to suit most tastes and then give some options of extra spices to include to suit your taste! It really is Christmas in a cup.

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Ingredients (serves 2)

6 apples

zest of 1 large orange

1 teaspoon of cinnamon

Optional:

1/2 a teaspoon of nutmeg

1 star anise

2 cloves

Start by juicing the apples, then pour the juice into a pan and turn the hob onto the lowest possible heat.

Add the spices and orange zest, then cover with a lid. Let it warm for about 20 minutes so that the spices infuse into the juice.

Remove from the hob and pour through a sieve to serve.

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