Dish of the Day: How to… warm up with winter cocktails

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Mulled wine 3 300x222 Dish of the Day: How to… warm up with winter cocktails

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There’s more to hot cocktails than dodgy mulled wine. Take the chill off with these winter warmers, all simple to make and absolutely delicious to taste. And if you do go for the traditional mulled wine, make sure it’s the good stuff. Try our latest must-have ingredient for festive cocktails: Christmas Mulled Cup by Professor Cornelius Ampleforth – you’ll never have dud mulled wine ever again.

The Kings Winter Cup

30ml The King’s Ginger

20ml cloudy apple juice

100ml apple cider

Cinnamon stick to garnish


Add all ingredients into a pan. Simmer on a gentle heat for 30 minutes then serve. Garnish with a cinnamon stick.


200-250ml Hot Rekordelig Winter Cider

30ml dark rum

20ml sweet sherry

10ml sugar syrup

3 dashes Angostura aromatic bitter

1/2 egg


Add first five ingredients into a pan. Whisk in egg. Heat pan on a stove, stirring gently. Pour into a tankard. Dust with ground cinnamon and serve with a candy cane and star anise.

Hot Apple Toddy

50ml Drambuie

150ml pressed apple juice

1 cinnamon stick

4 cloves

20ml sugar syrup

25ml lemon juice

2 orange twists


Heat all the ingredients in a pan, except for the Drambuie. Add the Drambuie to a teacup or latte glass with a handle, then strain in the warm apple juice mixture. Garnish with a lemon slice and cinnamon stick.

The Piping Hot

30ml Rigg’s blackberry and raspberry spirit (available from

200ml apple juice

10ml lemon juice

10ml maple syrup


Shake all ingredients except apple juice in a shaker without ice then strain into a small tankard. Warm the apple juice in a pan then pour over the Rigg’s, lemon juice and maple syrup. Garnish with an apple fan and/or cinnamon stick.

Christmas Mulled Cup (serves eight)

1 bottle of good quality, fruity red wine

50ml (or more to taste) Professor Cornelius Ampleforth Christmas Mulled Cup (available from

65g granulated sugar


Add all ingredients into a pan. Heat, stir gently and serve.

The Cocktail Lovers say:

If you don’t fancy getting the pan out, pop down to Reform Social & Grill for its mulled wine pop-up cart parked outside the hotel. Each day between 3pm and 8pm shoppers can enjoy  a festive tipple for a very modest £3.50 a cup – well worth noting if you’re in or around Bond Street.

Reform Social & Grill, Mandeville Hotel, Mandeville Place, W1U 2BE,

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  • Jobrag

    Having moved from a warm car to a centrally heated house, why would anyone need those abominations hot sweet alchoholic drinks?

  • spencer

    You can’t beat hot mulled wine with fruit over the festive period, one of life’s luxuries for when us fitness freaks have a well earned break :-)

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