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Hawkes Mulled Ginger BeerDon’t waste time mulling over mulled wine, rejoice and raise a glass of Hawkes mulled ginger beer, the alternative hot tipple.

Ingredients (based on serving 12)

·       2L of Hawkes’ alcoholic ginger beer

·       1L of cloudy apple juice (still)

·       1 large cinnamon stick

·       1 whole nutmeg

·       1 teaspoon of vanilla essence

·       Add 100ml of Dark Rum (optional)

Method: Pour Hawkes’ alcoholic ginger beer and apple juice into a large pan and gently heat. Whilst warming up, gently add orange, nutmeg, vanilla and cinnamon. Bring to a simmer and reduce heat if serving from pan or pour instantly into soup kettle. Serve in a glass tankard.

 Find Hawkes online here.

mulled winMulled wine is one thing that HAS to make winter months great rather than draining. There is nothing better than a mug of the warm red stuff ones the nights get longer and now it seems it's good for us too.

Liz Earle, one of our favourite skincare and make up brands has let us into a little secret as to why a glass of mulled wine is good for us.

Liz Earle is the creator of the award-winning Liz Earle Beauty Co., mother of five, organic farmer and more recently founder of Liz Earle Wellbeing and this is what she says about mulled wine.

"The benefits of red wine have been widely publicised in recent years, with most scientists agreeing that, when drunk in moderation, it may help protect the heart, prevent blood clots and strokes, and even ward off certain cancers including colon and prostate.

A glass of red wine contains high amounts of natural polyphenols or antioxidants which not only help our cells fight against free radical damage but also increase our levels of ‘good’ cholesterol. It also contains procyanidins which help reduce blood pressure and protect against hardening of the arteries. Studies have shown that red wine may boost brain power too, especially for older women, although the jury’s out as to whether this benefit comes solely from wine or includes other alcohol. Don’t forget, it’s only a glass or two that may keep the doctor away, not a whole bottle!!

Adding spices such as cinnamon, cloves and star anise to the red wine (as you do with mulled wine) also boosts our antioxidant levels. "

Below is a recommend recipe from Liz for mulled wine we can all go home and make.


Use the below as a guideline, but feel free to add your own additional spices such as vanilla and cardamom.

·         2 oranges, organic (or well scrubbed)

·         Peel of 1 lemon (organic, un-waxed or well scrubbed)

·         100g caster sugar

·         A generous pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

·         3 sticks cinnamon

·         6 cloves, plus extra for garnish

·         2 fresh bay leaves

·         2 bottles of fruity inexpensive red wine, preferably organic

·         500 ml water

·         5 star anise


Peel and juice one orange into a large saucepan along with the lemon peel, sugar and all the spices apart from the star anise. Add just enough water or a little wine to cover the sugar, then simmer gently until the sugar has dissolved. Bring to boil for a few minutes to infuse the spices until you have a sticky syrup. Then add the bottles of wine and star anise to the pan and heat gently until warm. Be careful not to let the mulled wine boil at this stage otherwise the alcohol will burn off, together with many of the healthy benefits of red wine! Ladle into glasses and decorate with a wedge of orange (studded with a few extra cloves if you wish). To make a less alcoholic version, simply add a little more orange juice and water. For a non-alcoholic version, replace the red wine with cranberry juice.

For more advice and tips on wellbeing from Liz Earle, head over to www.lizearlewellbeing.com.

For more details and tickets to the LiveTwice candlelit carol concert and a chance to meet Liz and the Wellbeing team please visit www.livetwice.org/shop/christmas/candlelit-carols-adult/


the salisbury and other london pubs iwth mulled wineMulled wine, hot wine, Glühwein, Glögg whatever you want to call is us Londoner's come Christmas can't get enough of it. Especially with the frost this morning I for one am looking forward to a nice steaming glass of something red and sweet after work.

But where are the best places to grab yourself a mulled wine in the  city? I for one have a few bugbears with mulled wine offerings that are either in thin glass cups that burn your hands and allow the wine to cool by the time you get it to your table and I am also adverse to a mulled wine that it too tart.

So without further ado and with those standards in mind here are our top 5 places to drink mulled wine in London this Christmas.

The Blue Anchor
Lower Mall, Hammersmith, W6 9DJ

Drink your mulled wine with a view and some history in the Blue Anchor, a pub dating back to 1722 that was first called ‘The Blew Anchor & Washhouses’. It also featured in the film Sliding Doors. A mulled wine here is brilliantly cosy sat on dark wood real pub seats and soaking in the view.

Bavarian Village in Winter Wonderland

You don't have to pay to get into Winter Wonderland and go to the Speigel Saloon which is great. They have a huge Christmas tree and often someone playing carols and Christmas songs on the piano. Mulled wine here is served in earthenware little jugs so no danger of having to down it before it gets cold. The Spiegel Saloon is open for six weeks only in Hyde Park’s Winter Wonderland.
Bavarian Beerhouse Old Street, 190 City Road, EC1 2QH

The Bavarian Beerhouse has generous servings of  mulled wine and also winter apple schnapps which if you order both and mix together is a pretty awesome combination.  Best of all you festive drinks will be served by the Beerhouse’s Santa Frauleins.
The Salisbury, Covent Garden, 90 St Martins Lane, WC2N 4AP

The Salisbury (image) in Covent Garden is often overlooked but it is a long standing pub that serves special mulled wine based on a homemade recipe that has been passed through generations to be served each December. The Salisbury mulled wine is legendary in Covent Garden.

The Hidebar, 9-45 Bermondsey Street, SE1 3XF

If you like your mulled wine spicy with a nice slice of Lemon then London hideaway, The Hide Bar has to be on your mulled wine winter drinking list. Generally viewed as one of the best mulled wines you can find in London it's a real treat.