For day 4 of our Thanksgiving Feast recipes we have created a delicious cold (but warming) beverage for you and your family & friends to enjoy by the fire. It celebrates the wonderful flavour of apples which are so abundant at this time of year and melds them perfectly with the right balance of orange and spicy flavours. For those of you who have already had Tilia’s Mulling Spice Blend you will know that you are in for a real treat!
Tilia’s Mulling Spice Thanksgiving Cocktail
280 ml Apple brandy or sparkling apple juice
3 Tbsp Tilia’s Mulling Spice Blend
320 ml Orange juice
140 ml Cranberry cocktail
¼ cup raw cane sugar
Directions: Wash and peel one orange then chop the peel into small squares. Mix the raw cane sugar and orange peels then keep in a sealed container for at least 24 hours.
Add Orange juice and Tilia’s Mulling Spice Blend to a saucepan on the stove. Bring to a boil then let simmer for 30 minutes to infuse. Strain out the spices and chill the liquid for at least 1 hour.
Remove orange peels from the sugar mix once it is ready. Using 2 containers with a large enough flat surface to fit the top of your glass, pour a small amount of orange juice in one (just enough to be about 5mm high). In the other, spread your sugar mix to be the same height. Now dip the rim of your glass into the orange juice followed by the sugar mix.
Combine the apple brandy or sparkling apple juice, cranberry cocktail and Mulling Spice infused orange juice in a pitcher. Pour the liquid into your glasses (recipe makes eight 3oz glasses). Slice oranges for garnish.