If you live on the grey island, it’s probably snowing where you are. This is the ideal tonic for a chill, we’ve been spiced up on this all winter.
It’s an intense cordial that glows with the spices of distant lands (as you look out at the grey drizzle). We will normally have a cordial in the fridge and it will change with the seasons. I’m looking forward to something elderflower soon………
Heres a ‘steamer’ of pure Beach House loveX
One bottle of good quality cloudy apple juice. Glass is best in this situation (you can re-use it) or use a corked old wine bottle (clear glass looks very cool).
Zest of a lemon (or orange) in long slices, not chopped.
2 star anise, one stick of cinnamon, 2 cloves, 1 bashed liquorice root, a finger of ginger in large chunks, a little splash of good vanilla essence.
1 large tablespoon of honey (or to taste)
Pour the apple juice into a pan, add all ingredients.
Bring to a steam, close to boiling, then lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes (or longer, the flavours will only get more infused), do not boil, leave to cool. Wash bottle well.
When cooled, pour back in bottle, I like to add all the bits into the bottle also. Keeps well in the fridges for a week, but won’t last that long!
Use it like a cordial, with hot water. Or take it to the next level with a glug of dark rum.
We Love It
Its gives the body a big warm hug and if drank with rum, this potion will send the most stressed mind to a blissed out place of calm.
You’ll get a big kick of Star Anise in this mull. It has been used in China and India to treat disorders of the nervous conditions. Cloves are powerful! Not just in flavour. they are anti-oxidant, anti-flammatory, anti-septic, as well as calming and warming. Ahhhhhhh