First time making: spiced apple juice

It’s finally the festive season, and this year, I needed a non-alcoholic mulled wine or cider alternative (after all, Christmas is all about minced pies and mulled wine). I’ve looked through the Jamie Oliver incredible mulled cider recipe and the Nigella mulled cider recipe, and have taken the spices I like best out of the two for this spiced apple juice recipe. Oh, and of course, as there’s already plenty of sugar in the juice, there’s hardly any need to add sugar in there.

I’ve always loved mulled wine and ciders with bits of fruit in the pan, so I’ve included chunks and apple and clementines as well.

This takes about 5 minutes to prep and will serve however many people who will be able to drink a litre of spiced apple juice. As this is made from juice, it’s perfect for children and your designated driver.

Spiced_Mulled_Apple_Juice

Ingredients
1 litre of apple juice
1/2 apple
2 clementines
1 stick of cinnamon
3 cloves
2 fresh bay leaves (optional)
2 tbsps of honey

Step 1: place the apple juice in a pan and put it on low heat.

Spiced_Mulled_Apple_Juice

Step 2: core and chop the apple into 8ths and add it into the pan.

Step 3: zest the clementines, place the zest into the pan, and separate the segments and slice them across the middle. Add these to the pan as well.

Step 4: add the cinnamon, cloves, bay leaves and honey to the pot.

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Step 5: once the juice comes to a boil, simmer for an additional 5-10 minutes, and it’s ready to serve.

Enjoy your Christmas, and have a lovely 2016!

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