Post by Deleted on Nov 6, 2015 0:05:06 GMT
Mulled spiced hot Red grape and red berries Drink
Big pan required for this one.
pint and a half of water
couple of bunches of red grape without seeds.
any raspberries, redcurrants and blackberries (I fill a 'takeaway tube' of each berry/current fruit as my measure), you can use fresh or frozen fruit mine comes from my garden.
2 sticks of cinnamon or dried Cinnamon powder (if you use the powder at only a couple of small pinches to start with you can add more if required at any point)
Into the pan go all the ingredients
Bring to the boil
Then turn down and simmer with a lid on till the colour comes out of the fruits into the water. Taste it with a teaspoon if it's still a bit watery simmer longer. but keep checking the water level and doing a taste test. Don't forget to occasionally stir either.
If you require add some sugar to your own taste requirements and if you want you can add more cinnamon if like more cinnamon.
Once you like the taste remove the cinnamon sticks .
Allow to cool it's easier to handle.
Down comes the draining bit so you'll require a small holed sieve I use one of the plastic mesh ones. or sieving muslum bag
Place over a nice big jug and spoon in the fruit and juice saving the juice to pour into plastic bottles so you can freeze it if you want it for Christmas and not drinking it in the next 3 or 4 days. When you like the juice has stopped flowing move the pulp to a dish and sieve another load from your pan. Continue in this manner till all the pulp and juice is removed from you pan.
Once you think you've drained out the juice you might want to put the fruit pulp back into your sieve with a jug under it again and gently press the fruit pulp down with the back of a large metal spoon to release more juice.
I then cover it with a clean tea towel to drain overnight and usually find a lot more juice has drained out over night.
Juice in the bottles can be stored in the fridge for a few days or frozen in the freezer for later.
Reheating for drinking:
Pour the amount you require into a saucepan and add a pinch or two of dried ginger powder (also if you like more sugar or cinnamon you can add a wee bit more if you like. Also if you like nutmeg you could add a pinch at this stage as well) and gently bring to the boil
Serve in a mug and drink while hot.