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• 1 large orange sliced
• 2 pears, cored and quartered
• 3 plums halved
• 250g brown sugar
• 6 whole cloves
• 3 cinnamon stick
• 1 whole vanilla pod, halved
• pinch of mixed spice
• pinch of nutmeg
• 2 star anise
• 2 bottles of full bodied red wine
•750 ml Cranberry Juice
•750 ml 7Up or Sprite
(Sparkling water if you prefer)
This is really easy to make and tastes like Christmas in a glass. It’s a lovely celebration of those traditional festive spices like cloves and cinnamon and vanilla adds a wonderful aroma.
Pour the wine and cranberry juice into a large pot and slowly heat. Add in your fruits and sugar stirring continuously.
Add the cloves, cinnamon, mixed spice, star anise and nutmeg. Throw in your halved vanilla pod and stir in. Bring to the boil for about 4 to 5 minutes, reduce the heat and slowly add in the 7Up (or the sparkling water) stirring continuously.
Allow to cool and store in a cool area until needed. Reheat as required.
From Ballymaloe Country House