If you're having a bonfire night party or want to heat up your trick or treaters when they get back from filling their pockets at Halloween, make up a pan of this simple spiced apple punch. It would also be ultra comforting for anyone suffering with a bout of the sniffles.
The cloudy apple juice is spiked with fresh ginger, cinnamon, cloves and star anise to give it some seasonal spice. As I have a juicer, I prefer to make my own apple juice using fruit that's a bit ugly or not as firm as it used to be.
To get a litre you'll need 10-12 apples, but of course this is optional and shop bought juice works well too.
Makes: 1 litre
1 litre cloudy apple juice
4 slices fresh ginger
2 small cinnamon sticks or 1 large snapped in half
1 tsp whole cloves
2 star anise
1 tbsp maple syrup
1. Pour the apple juice into a pan with the rest of the ingredients and place over a gentle heat for around 20 minutes, to allow the spices to infuse.
2. Strain through a sieve into a jug and then pour into mugs or heatproof glasses.
3. Serve with Dutch waffles warmed over the top of your mug of punch.
Cook's tip: give proceedings an adult kick with a couple of shots of dark rum
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